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It's Time to Focus on Workplace Violence Prevention!

 

According to OSHA, “A safe workplace is a fundamental right. Preventing violence at work is not just about compliance; it’s about safeguarding our collective well-being. By fostering a culture of respect and security, we empower every employee to contribute their best, free from fear and harm.”  Workplace violence prevention is essential for creating a safe and secure environment for all employees. It involves proactive measures to identify and mitigate risks, ensuring that workers are protected from acts of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behaviors.

April is recognized as Workplace Violence Prevention Awareness Month to increase awareness to recognize, prevent, and respond to workplace violence. This is the perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations to learn more about the evolving workplace violence risk environment and strategies for creating or maturing existing violence prevention programs and plans.  Information shared in this program is consistent with OSHA recommendations, the ANSI National Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention, and the newly enacted California Workplace Violence Prevention Law, SB 553. 

Each Spring, the Homeland Security Human Factors Institute offers a deeper dive into a specific behavioral risk in a condensed 4-week professional development series. The four one-hour classes are offered individually and in series as a certificate program. Topics range from basic to advanced, so there is relevant content for practitioners at every level. 

 

Participants can join the live, instructor-led online classes each Tuesday from April 2 through April 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM (EDT), or view the recorded programs at their convenience. Attendance to the live classes is not required for the certificate programs.

Stay current with the ever-changing threat landscape and give yourself a strategic and tactical advantage by applying accurate behavioral assumptions in addressing the risk of workplace violence. Register for individual classes or a certificate program today! Contact us for more information at info@behavioralscienceapps.com.   

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Intended Audience

  • Emergency Managers

  • Security Professionals

  • Law Enforcement Professionals  

  • Intelligence Analysts, Investigators, & Operators

  • EMS and Fire Personnel

  • Human Resources Professionals

  • Business Continuity Planners

  • Risk Managers

  • Health & Safety Professionals  

  • Behavioral Health Professionals

  • Anyone involved in emergency preparedness, response and recovery 

Class Descriptions & Schedule

Tuesday, April 2 | The Four Rs of Workplace Violence Prevention

Discussing disturbing scenarios like violence on the job or active assailant response is necessary, but can be unsettling for audience members. It can be challenging to find the right balance between not enough and too much information to be effective. With more than three decades of experience providing workplace violence prevention training for organizations ranging from multinational corporations with hundreds of thousands of employees to small non-profits with twenty workers, The Institute has developed a simple, memorable way for employees to learn and retain the most important ideas and action steps associated with workplace violence prevention. The model is known as the 4Rs, which incorporates the four critical areas of employee involvement in workplace violence prevention: recognition, reporting, response, and recovery.

This program is ideal for individuals tasked with creating workplace violence prevention policies, plans, and procedures, as well as groups of employees who need to be introduced to the key action steps involved in preventing, responding to, and recovering from all types of violence in the workplace. Even experienced workplace violence prevention practitioners can benefit from an introduction to the Four R framework. The program also provides an excellent foundation for the advanced concepts discussed later in the series. 

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Tuesday, April 9 | Foundations of Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM)

 

The FBI’s 2018 report, “Pre-attack Behaviors of Active Shooters,” as well as research from the U.S. Secret Service-National Threat Assessment Center, have determined that individuals on a pathway towards targeted violence typically exhibit four to five observable behaviors that others around them can detect, but are often unsure how to interpret or report. Every employee has an important role in safety, security, and violence prevention, but those serving on threat assessment teams require additional instruction in determining violence risk.

Workplace violence is targeted violence, which is predatory in nature and is typically pre-meditated. Whether from a criminal committing a property crime, such as robbery, theft, or trespassing, a disgruntled customer, a current or former employee, a violent domestic partner, or an individual or group targeting an organization for ideological reasons, every organization must be prepared for these different forms of workplace violence. This program introduces participants to the core concepts of behavioral threat assessment and management, including the Pathway to Violence Model, pre-incident behavioral indicators, and determining the appropriate Level of Concern to guide effective and proportional threat management strategies. 

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Tuesday, April 16 | When Domestic Violence Comes to Work

Domestic violence has no boundaries and doesn’t stay at home. It compromises the safety of thousands of employees across North America every day, often with tragic, destructive, and fatal results. One in every 4 women and one in 10 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department of Labor reports that victims of domestic violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the U.S., resulting in a $1.8 billion loss in productivity for employers.

This program addresses Type IV workplace violence (i.e., domestic/intimate partner violence) and its impact on the workplace to help create an informed, supportive workplace culture, to assist leaders and co-workers in recognizing possible signs of domestic violence, and in understanding effective approaches to protecting the workplace and at-risk individuals.
Participants will gain increased knowledge about evaluating and handling domestic violence situations, as well as new approaches and resources for mitigating the risk of Type IV violence at their worksites. 

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Tuesday, April 23 | Recognizing and Preventing Extremism in the Workplace

 

The contemporary organization strives for inclusion and diversity—not simply in demographics, but in attitudes, opinions, and ways of thinking. Diverse ideas can fuel innovation and create radical change, leading to new levels of success. While diversity can strengthen an organization extreme beliefs in the workplace can be a two-edged sword. An employee’s passion for a belief or cause might manifest itself as a real commitment to their employer or a project but it can also create friction, erode workforce cohesion, and consume valuable resources when dealing with conflict.

Finding the right balance between welcoming diverse views and minimizing tension between those who hold those views and other employees can be tricky, but it is necessary. Left unchecked, extreme beliefs can not only threaten cohesion and productivity, they can compromise safety and raise the risk of disruptive behaviors, even violence. In this polarized and adversarial climate, it will be important for leaders to recognize and respond to extremism in the workplace. The risk of conflict and extremist activities affecting a workplace is elevated in the current environment, fraught with divisive attitudes and beliefs related to politics, social issues, the economy, and world events. It will be increasingly important for leaders to recognize the behavioral indicators of extremism in the workplace, and to implement strategies to mitigate this emerging risk. 

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Program Fees

The fee for individual classes is $75.00 (USD). Participants enrolling in the four-session series can enjoy the discounted rate of $270. Participants enrolling in the entire series will also receive a certificate demonstrating their program completion.  

 

Special pricing is available for groups of 8 or more participants. The programs can be completed live, online, or by viewing the recorded presentations before April 15, 2024. ​ All major credit cards, as well as debit cards, are accepted for payment. 

Please allow 24 hours to receive a confirmation email after you have registered.

Instructor

The professional development classes are taught by Steve Crimando, the founder and principal of Behavioral Science Applications LLC. Steve is a 35+ year veteran emergency and disaster behavioral health professional and violence prevention expert.  He is a Certified Threat Manager (CTM) with the Association of Threat Management Professionals (ATAP), a Certified Master Trainer (CMT) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Threat Evaluation and Reporting (NTER) program, and a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC), as well as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS).

Steve serves as a member of the ASIS International Extremism and Political Instability Community (EPIC), and the Human Threat Management Community. He was deployed to the 9/11 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks, New Jersey’s anthrax screening center, and many other disasters and acts of mass violence. He is a published author frequently called upon by the media and the courts as an expert in crisis prevention and response. He provides training and support to multinational corporations, law enforcement, intelligence, military agencies, and NGOs worldwide.

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