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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 07/30/01
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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New UC Center for Threat Assessment Opens

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Psychiatry has formed the Center for Threat Assessment to address the need for expert assessment of potentially violent employees and to assist companies in managing this problem. Having one of the few psychiatric emergency rooms in the country as well as a community crisis response team, UC has long been recognized as a leading institution in the evaluation, management and treatment of aggressive individuals.

The Center for Threat Assessment collaborates with UC experts from forensic psychiatry, the College of Business Administration and University Police in order to provide the most comprehensive and timely service to Tristate employers.

The new center provides a spectrum of services to address the problem of workplace violence. The staff has an assessment package that focuses specifically on the identification of violence risk factors. This assessment gets translated into an easily understood report with specific supervisory and management recommendations. This report is accompanied by an on-site consultation from the clinician who performed the assessment. The center also provides training, management consultation and post incident response to area businesses.

Do you need to discipline an employee, but are concerned about his or her reaction? Do you have an employee who has recently been making vague threats on the job and you are unsure where to turn? Approximately two million assaults and threats of violence occur each year in the workplace, costing U.S. employers 4.2 billion dollars each year. Most employee assistance programs are not equipped to deal with the potentially violent employee.

For more information as to how the Center for Threat Assessment can assist you, or to arrange a free seminar, call executive director DeAnna Beckman, MSW, LISW at (513) 558-3951.

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