Date: March 12, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
Approval: Approved for 1 PDH in Domains II, III (1 CE for NBCC and NAADAC)
Presenter: George Vergolias, Psy.D., Medical Director R3 Continuum
Description: Research indicates that the rate of Mass Shootings has tripled in the US since 2011, with a tragedy occurring roughly every 64 days. In the wake of these events there is an inevitable discussion – “Did we miss the clues that would have prevented this?”, and “What do we do now in response?” Business leaders face additional challenges, as their answers to those questions will often be scrutinized in a court of law, as well as the court of public opinion, both of which can bring an end to their business. Behavioral health issues, both pre- and post- disruptive events, create direct business continuity challenges for an employer. Savvy employers will look to EAP professionals to help them identify early warning signs before the crisis happens, and will rely on those same experts to assist in managing the emotional aftermath when a crisis occurs. This presentation will examine current research into mass shootings, consider reasonable steps for assessing the potential for violence, and explore the nuances of delivering compassionate care while supporting business continuity objectives.
George Vergolias is a forensic psychology and threat management expert. He currently serves as Vice President, Medical Director of R3 Continuum, leading their Threat of Violence and Workplace Violence programs. Dr. Vergolias is also the founder and President of TelePsych Supports, a tele-mental health company providing involuntary commitment and crisis risk evaluations for hospitals and emergency epartment. He has over 20 years of forensic experience, with expertise in the following areas: violence risk and threat management, psychological dynamics of stalking, sexual offending, emotional trauma, civil and involuntary commitment, suicide and self harm, occupational disability, law enforcement consultation, expert witness testimony and tele-mental health.
Dr. Vergolias has directly assessed or managed over one thousand cases related to elevated risk for violence or self-harm, sexual assault, stalking, and communicated threats. He has consulted with regional, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Secret Service, and BOP. He has worked for and consulted with Fortune 500 companies, major insurance carriers, government agencies, and large healthcare systems on issues related to work absence management, workplace violence, medical necessity reviews and expert witness consultation.