Contemporary Threat Assessment: Psychologists' Response to a World at Risk with J. Reid Meloy, PhD. ABPP

CE Credit: 1.5

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Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Dr. Reid Meloy has been conducting research and writing on violence risk and threat assessment for the past twenty-five years.  In this Master Lecture at the California Psychological Association’s 2015 annual convention he presented the state of the art and science of contemporary threat assessment, drawing on the differences between traditional violence risk assessment and risk for targeted and intended violence. In particular, he highlighted the role of psychologists in this dynamic and emerging subspecialty.  Dr. Meloy is a highly engaging and knowledgeable content expert, and this session was rated as one of the convention’s very best! 

Reid Meloy, PhD is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards from various professional organizations. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited 11 books. His most recent book is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment. Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21, a scientifically based structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence assessment. Dr. Meloy was also a consultant to the counterintelligence division of the FBI for 13 years and has been a technical consultant to the television program CSI since its inception in 2001.

Learning Objectives:

1.            Articulate three differences between threat assessment and violence risk assessment.

2.            Describe five differences between affective (emotional) and predatory (instrumental) violence.

3.            Describe three risk mitigation approaches to patients at a risk for instrument (targeted) violence.

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California Psychological Association