APATAP is delighted to announce Mr Luke Bartlett as the presenter for the APATAP 2022 Conference Masterclass. The masterclass explores the topic of conspiracy theories and their link to threat management.

The masterclass will take place on Wednesday, 16 February 2022 at 10 AM AEDT. The masterclass is 4.5 hours including a 30-minute break.


Luke Bartlett

Luke Bartlett is a Registered Nurse and forensic mental health clinician. As a consultant with Right in the Head Threat Management, he works with public and private sector clients to address threatening and harmful behaviours affecting individuals and organisations. He is a committee member with the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and specialises in the management of harmful online behaviour and risks connected to conspiracy theories and militarised social movements.

The Topic

The Truthers Out There: Conspiracy Movements, Threat Management, and the Long Pandemic

Conspiracy theories have surged to centre stage in politics, media, and particularly in the field of behavioural threat management, impacting our assessment of risk across domains of terrorism, stalking, political violence, racial and religious attacks, online harm, institutional security, and close protection.

Despite the urgent need for effective interventions that address the risks generated by conspiracy movements, the topic remains subject to extensive conjecture, uncertainty, and the challenge of evaluating movements that are inherently provocative, irrational, and defy clear classification.

This masterclass examines the history and emergence of modern conspiracy theories, their social and psychological function, and reviews research and frameworks useful for management of behavioural threats arising from conspiracy beliefs and movements.

Topics covered in this half-day workshop include:

  • History, trends, and impact of modern conspiracy movements, including qanon, vaccine scepticism, anti-5g, and emerging forms of conspiracy belief.
  • The psychology and sociology of conspiracy beliefs. Why are they suddenly so popular? Who is vulnerable to conspiracy belief and why do adherents reject factual information?
  • The influence of media and political culture on conspiracy movements and related threats.
  • Current and novel threats emerging from conspiracy beliefs and movements - types, features, and function.
  • Strategies, methods, and frameworks for assessing and managing conspiracy-related threats.