Workplace Violence Prevention…it’s the law!

Reduce your liability – learn the right way to prevent violence
A "must do" course for government & corporate risk, security, law enforcement and mental health professionals

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or

Course Description

Bullying, intimidation, hostility, and harassment of any kind are all precursors to potential violence. A workplace violence perpetrator has demonstrable behaviors prior to becoming violent...that are many times ignored or not recognized. Because of this, courts and law makers around the world are quickly passing laws making employers and those who do not recognize or do something about these people liable for the negative actions of others.

Tired of going to seminars that reflect what you already know about workplace violence? Tired of getting the same old check-off lists that purportedly give you the signs of a potential volatile person? Then this seminar is for you as it addresses the specific ways to identify, handle and mitigate potential problems that will lessen your liabilities and ensure you know your duties. Learn the true warning signs to look for, not just possible behaviors, as utilized by those responsible for making such determinations to protect the President of the United States.

Identifying and handling behaviors accurately, without going so far as to error on the side of caution with “false positives”, is a challenge – but it can be done. This conference will explore and examine through clinical and decades of “hands-on” experience those techniques that work. Participants will walk away understanding how they can assess and intervene to prevent potentially violent situations, manage and monitor at-risk individuals, and begin to develop workplace threat-assessment teams and violence prevention programs that are both successful as well as mitigate liabilities. This conference is primarily intended for professionals working in or for Government Agencies, Law Enforcement and specialized Corporate Security/Risk Managers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Decide how to collect assessment data
  • Formulate a complete risk-assessment process
  • Summarize which behaviors need to be identified
  • Show why certain questions should be asked/answered
  • Discover deception in written and oral communications
  • Identify key variables that can act as inhibitors or triggers to violent behavior
  • Differentiate accurately between high and low-risk behaviours
  • Describe when it’s necessary to call in assistance
  • Distinguish environmental influences

Attendees at this training include:

  • Government & Corporate Risk & Security Professionals
  • Chief of Security – Human Resources
  • Facility Security
  • Response Team Supervisors
  • Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & Mental Health Professionals

Course Syllabus

DAY 1 : Morning Session

The Basics – Where Do You Start?

  • What is workplace violence – your duties and liabilities
  • Assess the source of the report - motivations
  • Assess immediacy potential of violence
  • Assess availability of target/protective actions
  • Where do you collect necessary data
  • How to work with others as a team (H/R/Personnel/Legal/Security/etc.)

      HANDOUTS – Pre-Site Visit Workplace Violence Prevention Survey
      Workplace Violence Incident Report
      Supervisors Incident Report Questionnaire
      Employee Incident Questionnaire
      Break-out in groups to discuss putting programs together

The Threat Assessment Process

  • Start with the victim (priorities, history, weapons, etc.)
  • Look for other resources (criminal, civil, finance, mental health, etc.)
  • Collateral interviews (other victims, witnesses, etc.)
  • Information analysis (chronology, assessment tools, etc.)
  • Mitigation strategies

    • HANDOUT – Incident Assessment/Resolution Guide
      Break-out in groups to discuss preparation to handle incidents

LUNCH : Afternoon Session

Assessing the True Risk Potential of Violence
  • Identifying risk factors – low-high
  • Identifying variables/stabilizers/inhibitors/triggers
  • Putting it all together – avoiding false positives

    • Socratic method – case scenarios to assess
      HANDOUT – Violence Risk Assessment Guide

Management of the Assessment

  • Threat assessment teams (make-up, duties, etc.)
  • When to bring in outside assistance (legal, security, etc.)
  • Case management (who’s in charge, when does it stop, etc.)
  • Is there a need for continued monitoring?

    • Socratic method – case scenarios to assess
DAY 2 : Morning Session

Formula for Assessment
  • The questions to ask and the behaviors to identify
  • Witness Interview Form/Subject Interview Form
  • What information are you really looking for
  • Where, when and how to conduct interviews

    • HANDOUT – Witness and Subject Questionnaires

  • Discovering deception
  • Countering deception
  • Body language, facial expressions, etc.
LUNCH: Afternoon Session

Additional concerns
  • Different environmental concerns
    • Corporations/Businesses
    • Schools (K-Post Secondary)
    • Medical/Mental Health Facilities
    • Jails/Detention and/or Correction Facilities

HANDOUT – Sample WV Prevention Policy and Procedures
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Additional Intervention Considerations (restraining orders, security, lockdowns, active shooter situations, etc.)
  • Review of other measurement tools (psychopathy-related, SPJ, etc.).
Applying what you’ve learned thus far – case scenarios
Summation – wrap-up

About your Instructor

Michael H. Corcoran, Ph.D. is the President of Henley-Putnam University as well as The Workthreat Group, LLC.

Dr. Michael H. Corcoran was in the law enforcement field for over 34 years beginning in 1968 and the threat assessment field since 1970 when he entered the United States Secret Service. Completing his doctorate in 1979 in Behavioral Science, and utilizing his law enforcement experience, he specializes in identifying and handling potentially violent subjects. He does threat assessments, determination of true potentials of violence and criminal profiling for governmental agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 500 companies, school districts and healthcare providers around the world.

He has spoken internationally on all these topics, co-authored the text: “Violence Assessment & Intervention, The Practitioners Guide”, and has been “voir dired” as an expert witness on identifying violent individuals. Lastly, Dr. Corcoran was appointed President to Henley-Putnam University in 2004, the only accredited school of its kind in the world granting bachelors and masters degrees in Protection Management, Intelligence Management and Terrorism/Counterterrorism Studies as well as a Doctorate in Strategic Security.