Meet Our 2022 Seminar Speakers
Sheridan Ryan, JD, CTM
Author of "'Zero Tolerance' for Violence and Violent Patients: Sound Policy or Sound Bite?" and "Healthcare Threat Management: Patients & Guns"
Lynn Van Male, PhD, CTM
Past 2nd VP on the national Board of Directors of ATAP; Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon Health and Sciences University; Provided SME to Joint Commission; FBI symposium invited faculty member on targeted attack prevention; Consulted with the Performance Advisory Committee (Naval Yard shootings); National Director of the VHA’s WVP Program
Jon Wertz, JD, RN
Director, MCW Risk Management; Authored the MCW Risk Management Department's Threat Assessment and Response Protocol
William Zimmerman, CTM
US Capitol Police (retired), and co-author of "Then and Now: Tracking a Federal Agency’s Threat Assessment activity Through Two Decades with an Eye Toward the Future" (2015)
Tony Thrasher, DO
Medical director for the Crisis Services branch of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division; Board-certified psychiatrist; President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; President Elect – WI Psychiatric Association; President-Elect WI Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons; Board of Directors-NAMI (WI); Psychiatric Times “Mental Health Minute” webinars speaker
I have attended the MCW Threat Assessment and Management training and have sent several of my department leaders. Sheridan and Jonathan’s work on this educational program effectively combines the processes and reasoning from threat assessment experts in the field and the application of this work to the unique healthcare conditions we work within. This training was well worth our time and has effectively driven our work in resolving threats and being able to effectively explain our rationale for each action.
Healthcare Safety & Security Director, 2015 & 2017 attendee
Frequently Asked Questions
This seminar addresses targeted (a/k/a predatory or intentional) violence in healthcare, especially targeted violence directed at healthcare providers and staff. Targeted violence is to be distinguished from affective (sometimes referred to as reactive) violence, the most common type of healthcare workplace violence, and general violence.
Healthcare security professionals (and/or police) are usually the primary resource for dealing with incidents of general violence, and may have a significant role, ideally alongside behavioral health team members, in addressing incidents involving affective or reactive violence. By comparison, acts of serious targeted violence are rare, but are the most feared among clinicians and staff and can have devastating consequences. Thus, ensuring everything reasonably possible is being done to prevent such acts is a hugely worthwhile albeit time-consuming endeavor that requires a team approach. Accordingly, the study of threat assessment and management for the prevention of targeted violence in healthcare is well suited for collaboration among a hospital or healthcare organization’s security professionals, risk managers, clinic managers, providers, human resources, legal support, and administrators.
No. Hotel reservations at Kohler’s Inn on Woodlake (IOW) are made by seminar staff on behalf of all paid registrants. 2 nights (Wednesday night and Thursday night) at IOW hotel are included in the registration fee.
If you have any questions about your hotel reservation, please contact seminar staff, not IOW or Kohler staff. Hotel reservation numbers are emailed to attendees in October. Upon arrival to IOW, hotel staff can look up your room with either your reservation number or your name. You will need a credit card to check in to your room.
Upon registration, please note your dietary need. At the seminar, for restaurant meals, after being seated, please let your server know (chefs will prepare separate dishes as needed and waitstaff need to know who to bring those to).
Only the Thursday evening dinner at Wisconsin Room has a more formal (business casual) dress code; otherwise, attire can be casual and jeans are fine.
We recommend comfortable shoes or boots, and you may want to bring walking or running shoes if you plan to explore Kohler Village’s walking routes. If you think you might swim at the Sports Core Pool (IOW guests are welcome to use the Sports Core), bring a swimsuit. If you plan to visit the Kohler WaterSpa (at your own expense), you may also want to pack a swimsuit. Hotel rooms have hair dryers.
Just let us know so that we can update the hotel reservation to be under that person’s name.
No, included meals and receptions are for attendees only; the reason is to allow maximum opportunity for conversation among attendees and speakers during the short time we have together. Another reason is because the registration fee per person takes into consideration only the cost per attendee, not additional guests. We encourage attendees who will be bringing a spouse/guest along to consider arriving early or extending their stay to have time to explore Kohler’s many offerings. Seminar attendees can request to extend their stay at IOW an additional night (at their own expense) at the seminar rate before and/or after the seminar. (See seminar brochure for details.)
No. The registration fee is “all inclusive” and reflects the fact that this seminar is purposefully designed to facilitate opportunities for conversation among attendees and speakers during the short time we have together. Accordingly, all seminar activities (see agenda for details) are considered part of the overall seminar experience that the registration fee includes. The seminar registration fee includes Wednesday and Thursday nights at Inn on Woodlake hotel (seminar staff make hotel reservations for all paid registrants) as well as included meals, hosted breaks/receptions (see agenda for details) and seminar materials.