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The Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

Frontiers of Violence Risk Assessment


Learn about empirical and practical developments related to the Five-Level System for risk communication.


Risk and Threat Assessment Professionals are invited to learn about Innovations in Risk Assessment and Communication, and their implications for practice.




The Five-Level System for risk communication was designed to provide a universal language for risk assessment. Its increasing adoption could dramatically alter risk and threat assessment professionals' tools, as well as the clinical decisions they make about their clients and public safety.  This webinar provides a critical review of the system and its suitability for application to various risk/threat assessment and management functions.

Speaker: Dr. Neil Hogan, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Dr. Hogan has diverse experience conducting sexual andviolence risk assessments in various forensic psychiatric, correctional, and law enforcement contexts. He oversees one of three Threat Assessment certification programs in Canada, and has provided training to risk/threat assessment professionals, attorneys, and the judiciary. His published research on the Five-Level System focuses on its validity and reliability, conceptual issues, and potential benefits.

February 2, 2022 | 9:00am-10:30am PST | Zoom

$50 before January 21*

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Call for Speakers

CALL FOR SPEAKERS - 2022 CATAP Annual Workshop & Conference

We invite proposals for Talks, Forums, and Posters addressing topics in all areas of threat assessment and management, including assessment or management of any form of violence (e.g., general violence, domestic violence, stalking, workplace and school violence, sexual violence, and terrorism) and legal, policy, or ethical issues.

The Presentation Selection Committee will evaluate all proposals using objective criteria (see attached proposal form).
Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2022

Submit your proposal here

The following is the criteria for the Proposal:

TALKS (60, 90 or 240 min): A presentation focused on one topic. Typically, talks are presented by a single speaker. Co-presenters may be proposed if needed to make a significant contribution to the presentation. Presentations of case studies with clear implications for operational practice, research focused talks, and presentations that advance understanding of legal or ethical issues germane to the field are encouraged. Submissions are limited to a 100-word abstract and 1000-word summary.

FORUMS (90 or 240 min): A single-topic coordinated group of verbal presentations with a minimum of three presentations and an independent discussant. Submissions are limited to a 200-word abstract and 2000-word summary. A forum could be presented in the evening as a Fireside Chat at the discretion of the Presentation Selection Committee.

POSTERS: Poster presentations are made in written format on display boards (size TBA). Submissions are limited to a 100-word abstract and 1000-word summary.

The Presentation Selection Committee will evaluate all proposals on the following criteria (using a 1 to 5 rating scale):

  1. Relevance of contribution to the field of threat assessment and management;
  2. Contribution to the operational knowledge of threat assessment and management;
  3. Degree to which data were collected with clear and appropriate methodology and analysis (for data-based submissions);
  4. Likelihood of generating discussion at the conference that will benefit the field;
  5. Clarity of description of information to be presented for the time proposed;
  6. Breadth of appeal to anticipated audience.

Please submit all proposal in the form provided in PDF format:


  1. First and last name of presenter(s) and/or discussant:
  2. E-mail address:
  3. Employer or institutional affiliation:
  4. Presentation format (specify Talk, Forum, or Poster):
  5. Length of time proposed:
  6. Abstract:
  7. Summary:

For a copy of the above please CLICK HERE

If you have any questions or comments regarding the call for proposals, or the conference itself, please contact the CATAP Board at

2022 CATAP Annual Workshop & Conference


Whister Chateau Fairmont, Whistler, BC


The CATAP Confernece Committee is actively working on the 2022 Conference. A "Call for Speakers" has gone out; however, two sessions have been confirmed:

April 15, 2019 – A tragic day in Penticton, BC. – the John BRITTAIN homicides

Presented by the RCMP’s Behavioural Analysis Unit

John BRITTAIN was a 67-year-old man with no criminal record, no history of violence, a well respected career as an engineer, who on April 15, 2019 shot and killed four people. S/Sgt. Craig REMPEL of the RCMP’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (“BAU”) will dissect BRITTAIN’s pathway to violence. The BAU read and analyzed 8 years of hand written journals by BRITTAIN which provided an extremely intimate look into his mindset. Using threat assessment constructs such as the Pathway to Violence and Dr. Reid MELOY’s Warning Behaviours, the presentation will show how BRITTAIN’s grievance evolved over a several year period and how the Fixation, Identification, and Last Resort Warning Behaviors played a significant role in understanding his behaviour leading up to the homicides.


April 18-19, 2020 - Portapique, Nova Scotia: A Psychological Autopsy of a Shooter

Presented by: Dr. Matt Logan - S/Sgt. Carl Sesely

Canada’s worst mass killing was perpetrated by a man dressed as a police officer and driving an almost fully authentic police car. Why him? Why Them? and Why Now? are questions that can be partially answered by psychologists and investigators.

This presentation is the first given at a conference by the Psychological Autopsy Team that spent 10 days at Portapique. The Shooter, whose name is rarely used by the presenters, was a Malignant Narcissist, a Psychopath, and an Injustice Collector.

The 2-hour presentation delves into the mind of a killer and also reveals a unique pathology present in selecting victims and in his involvement with Intimate Partner Violence.

Please check our website regularly as we will be updating information on the conference/workshop as it comes in.


Rates for the conference are as listed below. The Early Bird rate will be honoured until July 31, 2022.

Early Bird - 5 days - Conference & Workshop
Until July 31st.


$ 1,100.00


$ 1,300.00

2 day Workshop Only


$ 925.00


$ 1,125.00

3 day Conference Only


$ 1,100.00


$ 1,300.00

5 day Workshop & Conference


$ 1,250.00


$ 1,475.00

Student & Poster Presenter

Candidate must be a full-time student from an accredited post secondary facility.

$ 600.00

Registration is now open by clicking on the Register button

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2021 CATAP Virtual Fall Conference

Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
Virtual Fall Conference
November 2-4, 2021

Sessions Run 0830 to 1330 hrs PDT Each Day

Over 3 days, we will learn alongside multi-disciplinary experts and respected peers on the forefront of contemporary TAM research and application!



The Psychological Autopsy: A Roadmap and Case Studies

The Psychological Autopsy:  A Roadmap and Case Studies

 A 90 minute special presentation in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day


Suicide is the leading cause of death by violence, surpassing deaths by homicide and war-related deaths worldwide. Perhaps the major pioneering forensic effort in modern death scene investigation (DSI) is called the psychological autopsy, the “general accepted” empirical roadmap to understand the suicidal mind, and to determine the mode of death, and why. The purpose of this webinar is to help understand and assess risk for suicide, homicide, and homicide-suicide (the NASH question). A rare in-depth look at an actual homicide-suicide of police officers David Lucio-Kelly Johnson, and the case of Scott Dell, a case assessed as suicide that was determined to be homicide, will be presented. The session will end with a discussion on recommendations for assessment and prevention.

Key Points:
• To help understand suicide (S) and homicide-suicide (H-S) risk.
• To introduce the psychological autopsy, a major accepted roadmap in death scene investigation.
• To get a rare in-depth look at an actual police officer’s suicide, the H-S case study of David Lucio-Kelly Johnson, and other individual  cases (Scott Dell).

In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day, CATAP is presenting this webinar free of charge. 

To attend the webinar you must register by clicking on the Register tab on the left side of this page.


Antoon A. Leenaars, Ph.D., C.Psych., CPQ, is a psychologist in private practice in mental health and forensic psychology in Windsor, Canada; he has held university faculty positions in Canada, Norway, Sweden, and The Netherlands. He was the first Past President of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, and a Past President of the American Association of Suicidology, the only non-American to date. He has conducted influential research on death, dying, and suicide, and was the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Journal, Archives of Suicide Research. His latest book is The Psychological Autopsy (2017, Routledge). Dr. Leenaars has provided forensic (DSI) wrongful death, suicide,homicide-suicide, homicide, and accidents.



Navigating the Lawless Frontier: Expert Sessions on the Online Threatscape

CATAP presents 
Navigating the Lawless Frontier:
Expert Sessions on the Online Threatscape

March 23 & 24, 2021
Sessions run 0830 – 1330hrs PST each day


The risks borne within or fuelled by today’s vast online environment are myriad. One year into a global pandemic that moved millions more behind a computer screen, the acceleration of harm inherent to this lawless frontier is even more apparent. Professionals working to prevent violence recognize that contemporary threat assessment and management requires consideration of all parties’ online engagement, consumption and related vulnerabilities, as well as familiarity with the wider societal context, beyond borders. 
Join us March 23 & 24 to learn from multi-disciplinary experts on the forefront of research and intervention related to this challenging virtual threat environment.  
Over 2 half-days, attendees will gain essential knowledge and skills relating to: trends in stalking and harassment activity, assessing risk in cyber and electronic communications, conspiracy theorism and escalations to violence, discreet online, protecting privacy and implementing basic security practices online, countering hate-based violence and the role former extremists play in combating violent extremism, and the current state of internet child exploitation and intervention efforts. 


Emerging & Challenging Issues in Electronic Threat Assessment
Presenter: Mario J. Scalora, Ph.D.

About this presentation:
This presentation will address evolving contribution of cyber activity and electronic communications across a range of harassing, threatening, stalking, and violent behavior. Multiple psychological factors (e.g., perceived anonymity and low-risk nature of activity) influence the negative impacts of cyber and electronic activity. It is strongly suggested that the de facto standard of practice emerges in that one cannot perform threat assessment and management without assessing the electronic activity by the subjects of concern. The omnipresence of cyber and electronic communications mandates that threat assessment and management cannot occur without a review of pertinent electronic activity and communications that are reasonably accessible. This presentation will address emerging trends in electronic stalking and harassment activity as well as the relevant literature for assessment of risk. Significant attention will focus upon strategies for assessment and management of problematic situations.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Mario Scalora currently serves as Professor of Psychology Director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. He leads the Targeted Violence Research Team supervising research regarding threat assessment and management, counterterrorism, school violence, as well as workplace violence. Dr. Scalora has extensive background as a consultant to various law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels. He currently serves as the consulting psychologist to the Threat Assessment Service of the United States Capitol Police--assisting with case consultation related to threatening activity toward Members of Congress. He also serves as the threat assessment consultant with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police. Dr. Scalora also serves as a consultant to additional law enforcement agencies as well as corporations regarding threat assessment and management.

Protecting Families and Identities Online

Presenter: Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII

About this presentation
 Everyone is at risk for identity theft, online and physical stalking, and harassment. Beyond social media, your public records are for sale, so your home address and assets are easily located through simple online searches. This course provides a through description of how and where your data is stored and how to remove it. In this hands-on class, participants will review a case study detailing how a fraudulent and nefarious actor obtains personal identifying information and how it can be used against you. You will learn “Opt Out” procedures for public service and security personnel and explore the tools and methodologies used to operate discreetly on the Internet. Upon completion of the class, field investigators will be able to identify how private lives and public information are available through websites, social networks, and “Invisible Web” sources; and will have the ability to protect their privacy by implementing basic security practices online, at home, and on social media.

Speaker Bio: 

Cynthia Hetherington, MLS, MSM, CFE, CII is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a cyber investigations consulting, publishing, and training firm. With over two decades of expertise, Ms. Hetherington is a leader in due diligence, corporate intelligence, and cyber investigations. She is the author of three books on conducting cyber investigations and annually trains over 7,200 investigators, security professionals, attorneys, accountants, auditors, military intelligence professionals, and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices. She shares her expertise in this increasingly data-intensive, cyber focused-world through the publication of an industry newsletter, an online blog, and by hosting the annual OSMOSIS Conference. 
Ms. Hetherington leads national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery, and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries, her cyber investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in United States history.
Ms. Hetherington shares her experiences and expertise as a keynote speaker and contributor at women-focused technology events and conferences across the U.S. She is an active member in the Women in Security Forum, the Women’s President Organization, and collaborates with The National Center for Women and Information Technology on drawing young girls into the profession. Ms. Hetherington serves as a lecturer and mentor to and RocketGirls at CyberSpace Camps held at the Kennedy Space Center.

Ms. Hetherington is a recipient of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ James Baker Speaker of the Year Award. In 2019, she was honored with the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award by Enterprising Women Magazine and the CybHER Warrior Award by Dakota State University Madison Cyber Labs. She was shortlisted for the coveted 2019 Women in IT New York’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Ms. Hetherington was named a 2019 finalist in the esteemed Ernst & Young LLP New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.


Current Trends in Preventing Radicalization to Violence
Presenter: Brad J. Galloway 

About this presentation: 

Bringing invaluable insight routed in research, lived experience and case management work in hate-based ideologies and violence, Mr. Galloway will explore three major questions often left unanswered: What does it look like to work in this space? What are the challenges in this space? What is most effective in this space? Attendees will widen their understanding of the critical roles former extremists may play in combating violent extremism.

Speaker bio:

Bradley J. Galloway is a Coordinator with the Centre for Hate Bias and Extremism, at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa Ontario. He also works as a Case Manager and Research Analyst, with Life After Hate where he helps others leave violent extremism and works on various research projects. In addition to his work with Life After Hate, Brad is also a Research and Intervention Specialist at the Organization for Prevention of Violence (OPV), and is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). He is a Research Assistant on a number of projects that are funded by Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). Brad has also served as a consultant for Google, Moonshot CVE, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), among others. His primary research interests include right-wing extremism and terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism, and the roles of former extremists in combating violent extremism.


Conspiracy Theorism in the Internet Melting Pot
Presenter: Molly Amman, JD, CTM

About this presentation:

This presentation will delve into the range, spread, and intermingling of the most current conspiracy theorism being observed in 2021 and how it travels online.  Case samples involving threats and violence will be offered to demonstrate how a faulty belief system can rapidly escalate to violence.  Analysis will be offered for audience consideration regarding the many and varied interrelationships between theories, as well as a presentation of behavioral tendencies of those who seem to be most vulnerable to adopting evidence-free conspiracy theories.

Speaker bio: