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The Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (APATAP) Committee is excited to announce that our annual conference will be held at Disneyland, Hong Kong from 25 - 27 February 2019.

Our conference theme this year is “Online threats, offline lives: Reality and Practice of Online Threat Management”. This is a highly relevant theme to today’s society and reflects current advancements in the use of technology and social media in assessing and managing global, local, and individual-level threats.

We invite all mental health, law enforcement, security, workplace health and safety, and other professionals tasked with the prevention and response of behavioural risks to join us in this learning and networking opportunity.
Tuesday, February 26 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Understanding, Assessing, and Managing Thoughts of Violence in Threat Assessment

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Violent thoughts include an interest in or preoccupation with violence and a desire or willingness to use violence. They may include ideas, fantasies, images, urges, or plans. Violent thoughts are often overlooked by professionals despite the fact that they are a primary warning sign for violence risk according to research, practice, and law. Although violent thoughts are a normal human experience, when they are recent and serious it is critical to evaluate these thoughts as a means of preventing (possible) escalation to actual, attempted or threatened violence.

The first part of this presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of conceptual issues related to violent thoughts, including the definition of violent thoughts, theories about the aetiology and function of violent thoughts, and research on the prevalence and nature of violent thoughts and their association with violence risk. The second part of this presentation will provide a comprehensive discussion of practical issues related to violent thoughts, including the collecting information about violent thoughts using the THREATS acronym (Threats of Harm that are Realistic, Explicit, Acute, Targeted and Studied), which will be illustrated using a case study.

Speakers
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Stephen Hart

Director, Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc.
Dr. Hart's work focuses on the assessment and management of violence risk, including mental disorders related to violence risk such as psychopathic personality disorder, psychosis, and paraphilic disorder. He is a Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Terrorism, Risk and... Read More →