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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Dr. Reid Meloy
Substance Use, Mental Disorder, and Threat Assessment: Evolving Community Standards

Dates: Oct 8-9, 8:30am-4:30pm (both days)


Cost: $200 ends Sept. 24 / $225 begins Sept. 25.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals including: behavioral health, public health, psychology, social work, medical, corrections, peer recovery support, case management, law enforcement, and security.

Location: Lincoln Station Great Hall, 201 N. 7th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

*a limited number of parking vouchers for City of Lincoln parking venues will be available to participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Topic: Substance Use, Mental Disorder, and Threat Assessment: Evolving Community Standards

This two-day workshop will focus upon the current scientific discipline of threat assessment and threat management, with a particular emphasis upon the contribution of drugs of abuse and mental disorder to this social problem.

Topics will include: the distinction between predatory and affective violence; immediate or proximal warning behaviors for targeted violence; the ways in which mental disorder can restrain, facilitate, and in some cases, cause violent behavior; the specific role of alcohol and psychostimulants in targeted violence risk; and current data on targeted attacks and mass attacks, summarized by FBI and US Secret Service recent studies. A discussion of ethics in threat management will also be presented. Management of risk and evolving community standards will be woven into the discussions.


13 contact hours (6.5/day) will be available for APA, NADAAC, and Criminogenic.
The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (NUPPC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The NUPPC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13 APA CEs will be available for this training (6.5 each day).


  1. Identify the differences between predatory and affective violence with an emphasis on psychiatric diagnosis and use and abuse of drugs.
  2. Describe the eight warning behaviors for targeted (predatory) violence based on scientific literature.
  3. Demonstrate the impact of cognitive bias on threat assessment, emphasizing minority populations.
  4. Identify four standards of practice for community threat assessment and management teams.
  5. Assess case examples for ethical dilemmas.

Day 1 – October 8, 2019

  • 8:00 – 8:30AM – Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM – Affective and predatory (targeted) violence
  • 9:30 – 10:00AM – Differences between threat assessment and risk assessment
  • 10:00 – 10:15AM – Morning Break
  • 10:15 – 11:00AM – Cognitive biases and cultural issues in assessing risk
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM – Proximal warning behaviors for targeted violence
  • 12:00 – 1:00PM –  Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM – Targeted attacks 2018 FBI study
  • 2:00 – 3:00PM – Mass attacks 2019 USSS study
  • 3:00 – 3:15PM – Afternoon Break
  • 3:15 – 4:00PM – Drugs of abuse and their relationship to affective and predatory violence
  • 4:00 – 4:30PM – Mental disorder and its relationship to affective and predatory violence

Day 2 – October 9, 2019

  • 8:00 – 8:30AM – Registration
  • 8:30 – 10:30AM – Ideologically motivated attacks: TRAP-18
  • 10:30 – 10:45AM – Morning Break
  • 10:45AM – 12:00PM – Issues in threat assessment and management
  • 12:00 – 1:00PM – Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 1:00 – 3:00PM – Stalking and domestic violence: risk assessment instruments; ethical dilemmas
  • 3:00 – 3:15PM – Afternoon Break
  • 3:15 – 4:00PM – The Dark Tetrade and its relevance for threat assessment
  • 4:00 – 4:30PM – Evolving community standards for threat assessment and management

Reid Meloy, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Board-Certified Forensic Psychologist

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be made prior to October 1, 2019. Refunds will not be issued after this date. Your registration is not complete until you have finished the checkout process, providing your payment information.