Training FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for the upcoming WAVR-21 Training

The Assessment and Management of Workplace & Campus Violence Risk with the WAVR-21 Third Edition in San Francisco, CA

February 26th & 27th, 2020
Option for private case consultations on February 28th*

Day 1
8:00: Sign in
9:00-4:30 Workshop

Day 2
8:30: Sign in
9:00-4:00 Workshop


Earl Warren Building
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Civic Center Garage
355 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Between Larkin St and Polk St
(415) 863-1537
Mon – Fri: 6am to 12am

UC Hastings Parking Garage
376 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA
Between Golden Gate Ave and McAllister St
(415) 355-9618
Mon – Saturday: 7am to 11pm

Travel by BART
Depart at Civic Center Station

Please Note
: The training room for our workshop is an excellent facility, made available to us by our colleagues in the California Highway Patrol. The Earl Warren Building is located in San Francisco’s Civic Center, a bustling hub for many public places of employment. There are interesting surrounding buildings, including City Hall and the San Francisco Public Library. A number of restaurants in the area offer a range of choices and prices. Be advised, like any busy urban center safety can be an issue if you are unfamiliar with the area. Situational awareness is necessary and it is a good idea to have a buddy if you are out after dark. We are happy to answer any questions you may have to enhance your visit.

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$695 US
5% discount for early bird registration by February 5th.
5% additional discount for CATAP and ATAP members.
Active members of law enforcement $558, no other discounts.
Limited number of seats. Please register early.
Attire is business casual.

To register contact Dr. Stephen White by email:
You will then be directed to a registration form.
After registration forms are submitted, an email invoice will be sent with a link for payment by credit card (you can also pay by check at that time). After payment is received, you will receive confirmation of your payment and enrollment by email.
If you have questions or need help with the credit card payment, please contact Lisa Ekström at


WAVR-21 Workshop

February 26-27, 2020
San Francisco

Drs. Stephen White and Reid Meloy
will conduct their two-day workshop on

The Assessment and Management
of Workplace & Campus
Violence Risk with the WAVR-21 V3


This dynamic two-day workshop offers a blend of didactic material and video case presentations, case vignette practice, research updates, and focused discussion of common issues.

Now an annual event: A Bay Area WAVR-21 winter workshop, bringing together multi-disciplinary threat assessment practitioners from around North America and beyond. Please come and celebrate with us the first of these annual workshops, networking and benchmarking with fellow professionals.

Attendees will be thoroughly acquainted with the WAVR-21 V3 – the Worksheet, Grid, and Intake and Documentation forms, and how to integrate WAVR-21 data into dynamic threat case management.

Content will include:

  • New: Illustrative brief case examples of each of the WAVR risk and protective factors, as observed in actual incidents and common scenarios.
  • New: The Incel Automobile Attack in Toronto: An in-depth look at the police interview of Alek Minassian, focusing on his personal grievance, moral outrage, and ideology, including how the internet spreads and amplifies extreme beliefs and the justification of violence.
  • The Aurora Theatre Mass Murder: An in-depth case study and reflection, including psychodynamics of the assailant’s motives, implications for operational protocols, and a retrospective WAVR-21 threat assessment.
  • Lone Actor Terrorism – Research Update: Reid Meloy, developer of the TRAP-18, will review recent findings from research and case studies, the implications for workplaces and institutions of higher learning, and its nexus with the WAVR-21 V3.

Continuing topics include targeted violence dynamics, the “pathway to violence,” stalking, mental illness and violence, intimate partner violence, psychopathy, bullying, interviewing strategies, integrating data with professional judgment, communication issues, managing fear, and common program and intervention obstacles.

Note: This workshop is sponsored by Work Trauma Services Inc. Other threat assessment and WAVR-21 workshops are scheduled for 2020 that will be sponsored by Specialized Training (

The workshop is open to members of threat management teams – typically representatives from corporate and campus security, legal, human resources/labor relations, mental health, student judicial affairs, residence deans, campus police, and EAP. Welcome also are other law enforcement and forensic and mental health professionals interested in improving their violence risk assessment skills. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer continuing education credits, but attendees will be given a signed certificate of completion.

First published in 2007 and now in its third edition, the WAVR-21 includes 21 empirically based criteria for assessing different forms of workplace and campus violence risk. Studies have demonstrated good to excellent inter-rater agreement for the WAVR-21 summary ratings of level of risk and potential for serious injury. Recent validation research at the University of Nebraska concluded that, “The WAVR-21 V3 would be a useful risk assessment measure of workplace violence in corporate organizations, educational environments, and government agencies. The findings were well within the range of results for validity studies of other violence risk structured professional judgment guides.”

The WAVR-21 3rd edition manual is now available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to purchase beforehand and bring their copy of the new manual, or a previous edition of the WAVR-21. The 3rd edition manual can be purchased directly from the publisher by going to It is not essential or required to have a manual to benefit from the training. Handouts of the WAVR-21 forms are provided in the training. Manuals will not be available for purchase at the workshop.

Tuition minus $50 administrative fee will be refunded if cancellation is provided in writing (email ok) by Feb. 21st. No refund for cancellation after that date. At any time, another person may be substituted for the registrant without penalty.