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Chicago: Preventing Workplace Violence Through Risk Assessment

Franczek P.C.

June 14, 2019 - June 14, 2019

On February 15, 2019, Gary Martin was called into a meeting at his job at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Illinois, where he was informed that he was being fired. Martin pulled out a handgun and shot and killed four people. This was hardly an isolated incident. While it's easy to become numb to the stories and statistics, those of us who are responsible for the lives and safety of the people who work for and interact with our organizations need to understand an important fact:

Violence is not inevitable.

There are steps that every employer can take to reduce the risk that their workplace will become the next tragedy on the evening news.

In this important presentation, Dr. Nancy Zarse, Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will explain:  
•    Risk factors for violence
•    The biopsychosocial model of violence risk assessment
•    The stages of targeted or intended violence
•    How to distinguish between "hunters," who truly intend violence, and "howlers," whose "affective violence" is primarily emotional and defensive, including the importance of basing assessments on known facts and behaviors
•    How organizations can create Threat Assessment Teams to identify and address threats before violence occurs

When: June 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Franczek, P.C., 300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3400, Chicago, Illinois

Space is limited and registration will close once the event is full.
Dr. Nancy Zarse
Dr. Zarse is a forensic psychologist and has assessed risk of violence at several high-profile prisons. She consults with and provides training on the prevention, identification, assessment, and management of risk of violence to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Army Military Police, and Crisis Negotiation Associations. She consults with and trains schools, employers, and organizations such as the Chicago Bar Association on threat assessment issues. Dr. Zarse is also a full professor in the Forensic Department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is lead faculty for Violence & Risk Assessment, Psychology of Terrorism, Hostage Negotiation, Psychology of Law Enforcement, and the Evaluation & Treatment of the Adult Offender. Dr. Zarse has presented at national and international forums on numerous issues, including violence risk assessment, terrorism, school violence, suicide risk assessment, and workplace violence. She has provided expert commentary on forensic issues in media interviews, including CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She has been featured in documentaries, such as White Supremacy: Going Under; Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard; and Crime on Campus.
Franczek is celebrating its 25th year as one of the premier labor, employment, and education law practices in the country. As a mid-size law firm, Franczek provides a personal approach and exceptional value by focusing on select areas of law and doing them exceedingly well. Franczek attorneys frequently provide insights to the public on the most important and timely topics facing our clients and friends, including through written publications, speaking at educational associations and organizations, and offering firm events such as this event.

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