An Introduction to
the Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk (WAVR-21) Instrument
The WAVR-21 is a structured professional
judgment assessment tool that is scientifically grounded and increasingly
considered as part of a best practice approach to assessing and managing
workplace violence risk. This instrument
is designed for use by workplace threat management team members (typically
Security, Human Resources, Legal, and Employee Assistance Professionals) to
quickly identify and prioritize risk-relevant data.
Attendees will become familiar with the WAVR-21
Case Intake and Information Form, the Short Form and Coding Grid which identify
and organize the relevant risk factors.
The WAVR-21 consists of 12 risk parameters as well as protective factors
and avoids clinical or diagnostic language.
These risk factors are described in ways that emphasize observation of
the subject's behaviors and statements and other important workplace
situational factors. In this way, the
WAVR-21 helps to expeditiously gather and organize important data, data that
threat assessment specialists may then use should they be engaged to further
evaluate the nature and severity of any risk.
Come learn about this unique, pragmatic, and user-friendly instrument
and see how it can improve the way you and your team identify, assess, and
manage problematic individuals and behaviors.
A general introduction to the WAVR-21
Development and Structure
Benefits / Limitations
Intended Populations (direct and indirect persons of interest)
Briefly review the Case Intake and Information Form
Review the Short Form
Review the WAVR-21 Coding Grid
Dr. Mark Brenzinger is a Licensed
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and President of Midwest Behavioral Risk Management, P.C. His independent practice concentrates in
assessing and managing behavioral risk.
He has conducted hundreds of direct (in-person) violence risk and indirect
threat assessments with male and female subjects, and he has consulted on over
1000 threat cases. Clients include
Fortune 500 and Mid-Sized Corporations, Private Security and Investigation
Agencies, Public Figures, State and Federal Courts, Correctional Facilities,
and Community Mental Health Agencies.
Dr. Brenzinger regularly provides
consultation and assessment services to the private sector. He assists corporations and their Threat
Management Teams (TMT) in identifying, assessing, managing, and monitoring
potential and actual threats to the organization, its personnel and their
families. Additionally, he delivers a
range of training services from introductory level coursework for the line
employee to more advanced specialized services to the TMT and Executive Protection
Teams to mitigate the risk to their clients.
He is an active member and regular guest speaker at the Chicago Chapter
of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and ASIS International.