Australasian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals


Conference Review by AETAP President 2014, Totti Karpela

Australasian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (APATAP) had its third annual conference in Melbourne mid-November. The young and enthusiastic association had managed to gather 60+ participants from the region and a few long distance travelers to join the event. Participants  varied  from  mental  health  professionals,  law  enforcement,  private  security  and  a few representatives  from the corporate  world. Main sponsor for the conference was Microsoft, which also generously gave the association access to their conference facility. Like the Canadian and   European   associations,   APATAP   also   has   a separate   expert   seminar   attached   to the conference   program.   Unlike   AETAP   our Australasian   colleagues have decided   to start the program with the expert’s day. Speaker on the first day was detective inspector Jonathan Rouse and the topic was Cybercrime and Internet Sex Offenders.   

Main seminar had presentations from a broad field of topics, yet the most common background of speakers was from psychology or psychiatry. APATAP also had a few poster sessions available for the participants to familiarize themselves with.   APATAP  conference  had  law  enforcement  related  topics  such  as  “The  benefits  and  pitfalls  of working  with  the  Police”  and  an  interesting  presentation  of  Sovereign  citizens  by  a principal intelligence analyst of WA police. 

The conference also covered topics such as assessing risk in overly persistent and querulant complainants, assessment of problem behaviours in New South Wales. University world was also briefly covers in presentations  regarding  staff training for early identification  and management of  student  problem  behaviors   but  also  a  presentation   about  a  tertiary  security  team  in  a university  environment.  The  conference  audience  also  had  a possibility  to gather  information about improving outcomes for mentally ill fixated persons, understanding  fire setting, assessing and managing risk in threateners with mental illness as well as of a conceptual model for differentiating  rapists and their offences. One very fresh and interesting presentation  was given on  a  motivational   typology  of  threateners   and  also  a  presentation   from  a  corporate  world regarding a practical assessment of intrusive, inappropriate or threatening letters. 

Evening programs were relatively close to the main venue, within an easy walking distance. Both evenings had lively discussions and networking with the out-­‐of-­‐the-­‐city visitors.  Perhaps  the venue  location  affected  the  local  participants  in  a way  that  mostly  long  distance  participants stayed  for  networking.  Hopefully  something  that  future  seminars  will  have  it  differently  and clearly something that we need to take into consideration with future AETAP seminars.   

The  volunteers  of  APATAP  had  clearly  put  a  lot  of  energy  and  effort  to  provide  a  top-­‐class conference.   Material   was nicely   organized,   presentations   were later available   through   the website (like AETAP has) and even with a few last minute cancellations the organizers were able to fill the program with interesting presentations and talks. I am convinced that every participant who took the time to attend were happy for the investment (time-­‐ and moneywise) they invested for the conference themselves.   Next year the conference will take place in Brisbane on 26th-­‐28th, be sure to mark the date into your calendar.  Brisbane is also a great place to take your family to enjoy of beach life. Perhaps you could bring your whole family along? 


Conference Program


Multidisciplinary Threat Management

Expert Seminar Day: 13th Nov

Conference: 14th to 15th November

Time: 8.30am to 5pm

Venue: Microsoft Melbourne. Level 5, 

             4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

Download the conference flyer here.

Expert Seminar

Cybercrime and 

Internet Child Sex Offenders

13th November

Detective Inspector Jonathan Rouse is the Operations Manager for Task Force Argos at the Queensland Police. He has been involved in the arrests of many internet child sex offenders and had a pivotal role in Operation Achilles which brought down one of the largest networks of child sexual predators in the world. 

Spanning from Australia to Europe and the US, Detective Inspector Rouse will share how operation proceeded. The workshop will also include information about technology and predatory behaviour, offences committed on the internet, multi-jurisdictional cases and the legitimate verses concerning uses for social media.

4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

Keynote Speakers

Dr Lorraine Sheridan is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. She completed Europe's first PhD on stalking and has so far published four books and more than 50 papers on the subject. Her research has taken an applied, interventionist angle and she frequently trains professionals involved in investigating stalking crimes. She is a police accredited offender profiler and compiles psychological reports related to offenders, highlighting the risks posed by known or unknown suspects. She regularly gives case management advice to the police, security personnel, celebrities and others on stalking, harassment, violence, risk assessment, malicious communications and similar topics. After a long stint as a senior academic in universities in the UK, Lorraine is now a part-time senior researcher at Curtin University in Perth. She is a founder member of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals. Recently, her risk checklist for stalking has been adopted by most English and Welsh police forces and partner agencies.  

Totti Karpela has worked with the law enforcement and corporate security for 25 years, mostly with the National Police of Finland. Totti has been heavily involved in various violent crimes prevention projects, threat management and stalking crimes. He was the founder of the Threat management service for Helsinki police department, first of its kind in Finland. Part of his duties with the National Police was to work in a group of specialists under the Finnish Ministry of Interior that deals with the threats against law enforcement and judicial officials. Totti has also worked for the European Council and other international NGO's as a subject matter expert in domestic violence prevention and stalking crimes projects. Totti is an executive board member of Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP). Currently he works as the director of two threat management companies, one based in Europe and the other one in Asia.

AATAP Annual Conference Day 1

14th November

08:30      Registrations

09:00      Opening and Welcome 

09:15       The thin blue line and how to follow it:

                Benefits and Pitfalls of Working with the


                - Dr. Lorraine Sheridan 

                   Keynote Speaker (see profile on the left)

10:15       Morning Tea

10:30       Sovereign Citizen Movement - The 

                Emergence of an Anti-Government 


                - Sheila Willis

                   Principal Intelligence Analyst @ WA Police

11:15      Assessing Risk in overly persistent and 

               Querulant Complainants

                - Prof. Paul Mullen

                   Professor Emeritus @  Centre for Forensic 

                   Behavioural Science, Forensicare

12:15      Lunch and Poster Sessions

01:00      The Effects of Cyber-Harassment: 

               A Singapore Perspective 

                - Stephenie ChanDr. Majeed Khader

                   Home Team Behavioral Sciences Centre, 



01:45      A Framework for the Assessment of 

               Problem Behaviours in NSW

                - Dr. Stephen Allnutt

                   Forensic Psychiatrist & Clinical Director @ 

                   Community Forensic Mental Health Service in

                   NSW, Senior Lecturer @ UNSW


02:30      Afternoon Tea

02:45      Motivational Typology of Threateners

                - Dr. Lisa Warren

                   Clinical & Forensic Psychologist @

                   Code Black Threat Management, 

                   Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science


03:30      Practical Assessment of Intrusive, 

               Inappropriate or Threatening Letters

                - Dr. David V James

                   Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Fixated Threat Assessment Centre)

04:15     Staff Training for Early Identification, 

              Effective Management and Referral of 

              Student Problem Behaviours

               - Dianne Kirby & Teresa Dluzewska

                  Clinical Psychologists @ University of 

                  Newcastle, Student Support Services

06:00     Pre-Dinner Drinks & Canapes 

07:00     Conference Dinner

AATAP Annual Conference Day 2

15th November

08:30      Registrations

09:00       Threat Management in the Corporate Arena

                - Totti Karpela

                   Keynote Speaker (see profile on the left)

10:15      Morning Tea

10:30      Improving Outcomes for Mentally Ill 

                Fixated Persons, Public Figures and the

                Community: A case study from the files of

                Australia's first police mental health 

                Intelligence Unit

                - Dr. Michele Pathe & Debbie Haworth

                   Senior Forensic Psychiatrist @ Queensland 

                   Forensic Mental Health Service & Senior 

                   Lecturer @ Queensland University

                   Senior Constable @ Security Intelligence 

                   Branch of Queensland Police Service

11:15       Understanding Fire-Setting: Characteristics

                of Arsonists and Identification of Risks

                - Dr. Lauren Ducat

                    Clinical Psychologist, Victorian Institute of 

                    Forensic Mental Health

12:00      Lunch and Poster Sessions

01:00      Evolution of a Tertiary Security Team with 

               Multidisciplinary Focus 

               - Chris Evans & Shaun Westhead

                  Security Manager & Coordinator @

                  Swinburne University of Technology

01:45      Assessing and Managing risk in 

               Threateners with Mental illness 

               - Melanie Mitchell

                  Psychologist @ Queensland Forensic Mental 

                  Health Service

02:30      Afternoon Tea

02:45      A Conceptual Model for Differentiating 

               Rapists and their Offences

               - Dr. Michael Davis

                  Clinical Forensic Psychologist @ Centre for 

                  Forensic Behavioural Science, Victorian 

                  Branch & National Deputy Chair of the APS 

                  College of Forensic Psychologists

03:30      Questions and Answers Session

04:15      AGM for all AATAP members

05:00     Conference close

Poster Sessions

Differences between the attitudes toward, and practices of, evidence-based violence risk assessment among Australian psychologists

~ Damien Khaw, PHD candidate @ Swinburne University

Cross-Institutional Collaborations in Campus Threat Management in Victoria

~ Michelle Lewis (Deakin University) and Annabel Chan (Swinburne University of Technology)

Experiences of Stalking in Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Contexts

~ Dr. Adrian Scott and Dr. Lorraine Sheridan

Death of a Threatener: Are those who threaten to kill more likely to be killed?

~ Dr. Lisa Warren (Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science), Dr. Annabel Chan (Swinburne University of Technology), and Michelle Lewis (Deakin University)

Standardised triage risk assessment protocol for a multidisciplinary campus threat management team

~ Dr. Annabel Chan, Safer Community Coordinator @ Swinburne University

Registrations are now closed.

If you have any questions relating to the conference, please email us on conference@aatap.org


Social events

Pre-dinner Drinks and Canapes

Date: 14th November

Time: 6pm to 7pm

Venue:  : Left Bank Melbourne, 

                1 Southbank Boulevard

Cost: None – a small selection of 

          canapés and 2 drinks per 

          person from the bar will be 


Conference Dinner

Date: Thursday 14th November 

Time: 7pm

Venue: Left Bank Melbourne, 

             1 Southbank Boulevard, 


Cost: $55 

          (2 course dinner with a cash bar)


Conference Rates

Early Bird Conference Rates

Until 5th of October 2013

  • For AATAP Members
  • Expert Seminar Day ONLY - $ 150
  • 2-Day Conference - $ 300
  • All 3 days - $ 400

  • Non-AATAP Members
  • Expert Seminar Day ONLY - $ 150
  • 2-Day Conference - $ 350
  • All 3 days - $ 450

  • Full Time Students
  • Expert Seminar Day ONLY - $ 120
  • 2-Day Conference - $ 300
  • All 3 days - $ 400

Post-Early Bird Conference Rates

After 5th of October 2013*

* Participants wanting to attend the drinks & canapés and/or conference dinner on the 14th Nov must register by the 30th October for reservation purposes.

  • For AATAP Members
  • Expert Seminar Day ONLY - $ 150
  • 2-Day Conference - $ 400
  • All 3 days - $ 500

  • Non-AATAP Members
  • Expert Seminar Day ONLY - $ 150
  • 2-Day Conference - $ 450
  • All 3 days - $ 550

  • Full Time Students
  • Expert Seminar Day ONLY - $ 120
  • 2-Day Conference - $ 300
  • All 3 days - $ 400



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