Association of Threat Assessment Professionals Training




Threat Assessment and the Active Shooter
University of Maine, Orono – Wells Conference Center

April 3, 2015

The University of Maine and the New England Chapter of ATAP invite you to attend their winter training. The training is open to all ATAP members, their guests, and members of the public interested in threat assessment and ATAP. Pre-registration is required. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Space is limited so register early.

Registration Information
Lodging (Mention ATAP for reduced rates)
Directions to University of Maine – Wells Conference Center

Program Information

9:00 am – Opening Remarks

Robert Q Dana, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
The University of Maine

 9:15 am – Threat Assessment Principles: From Grievance to Violence

Presented by Russell Palarea, Ph.D.
Operational Psychology Services

This presentation addresses core concepts of behavioral-based threat assessment, including its principles and myths, and considerations in establishing multidisciplinary teams. Operational threat assessment models are then presented, including the “making vs. posing a threat,” the “idea-to-action continuum,” and the “holistic approach” to threat assessment. Strategies for conducting threat assessment case conceptualizations and developing threat management plans are then discussed. Case studies are then presented that demonstrate the application of threat assessment models and understanding the movement toward attack in the perpetrator’s mind, communication, and behavior.


10:30 am – School and Workplace Violence: Prevent, Detect, Respond and Recover

Presented by Dave Benson
Center for Personal Protection and Safety

Each year, thousands of students become victims of violence on college and university campuses. While campus shootings are rare, assaults, intimate partner violence, and stalking are not uncommon. Violence, however, is almost always evolutionary with warning signs along the way. The purpose of this program is to help threat management teams to recognize these warning signs and understand how to respond to them to prevent violence on campus.

11:45 am – Lunch

12:45 pm – FBI’s Active Shooter Initiative

Presented by Supervisory Special Agent Michael McElhenny,
Office of Partner Engagement, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Join this conversation on the evolving challenges of active shooter incidents in a school environment, including lessons learned about the new run, hide, fight protocol, and best practices gathered by the FBI from large and small departments affected by these crises.  Special focus will include a review of the recently released Active Shooter report, a study of active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013, and the national training platform (ALERRT) meant to prepare our Nation’s Law Enforcement community in the event of an active shooter incident.

2:00 pm – Closing Remarks