ATAP Great Plains Chapter 2017 Fall Training Event

Date and Location

The Great Plains ATAP Fall Training Event will be held October 19th and 20th, 2017 at Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha/Old Market.

Embassy Suites is providing a discounted room block at a rate of $154.00 on October 19th. Please book your room by Monday, September 18, 2017.

Click here to reserve your room for the event.

Event Parking Options:

    Embassy Suites:
    Overnight guests: Self parking is available in our parking lot on the South side of the building for $12 per night, or valet parking is available for $18.

    Non-overnight guests: Event valet parking is available for $15

    City/Lot Options:  
    City metered parking is available around the hotel and surrounding area but are not full-day meters.
    City Surface Parking Lots are available in the blocks surrounding the Embassy.

Training Event Information

Click here for the fall training event flyer.

Click here to register. Event Schedule

Presenter Bios

Dr. James Cawood
Dr. Cawood is President of Factor One which is a California based corporation specializing in threat assessment and management, violence risk assessment, behavioral analysis, security consulting, and investigations.  Dr. Cawood has worked in the area of threat and violence risk assessment and management, behavioral analysis, violence prevention, security analysis, and incident resolution for more than 25 years.  He has successfully assessed and managed over 4500 violence related cases for federal and state government agencies, universities and colleges, public and private corporations, and other business entities throughout North America. He also has served as an expert witness in dozens of cases involving questions concerning investigative and security issues, including threat and violence risk assessment and management in the workplace.

Dr. Cawood is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management (American Psychological Association) and is the former Association President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). 

Dr. Cawood is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, holds a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University.  He has served on the faculties of Golden Gate University, in their Security Management degree program and the University of California, Santa Cruz extension, teaching Threat Management. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Security Professional (CSP), Certified Professional Investigator (CPI), Certified International Investigator (CII), and Certified Threat Manager (CTM).  He has written articles, book chapters, and books, and published research.  These works include a co-authored chapter: Threat Management of Stalking Cases in The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives, published by Academic Press in 1998, a co-authored the book, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook, CRC Press 2003-the 2nd Edition published in January 2009;contributed a chapter on Threat Assessment and Management to Applied Crime Analysis:A Social Science Approach to Understanding Crime, Criminals, and Victims(Elsevier), Edited by Wayne Petherick, July 2014; and a contributed chapter on Threat and Violence Intervention: Influenced by Victim and Offender Perspectives to The Psychology of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior:Victim and Offender Perspectives(Elsevier), Edited by Wayne Petherick and published in January of 2017.
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Mr. Steve Crimando
Steven M. Crimando, MA, CTS, CHS-V, is an internationally known consultant and educator specializing in the application of the behavioral sciences in homeland and private security, violence prevention, crisis management, and disaster response. He is the Principal of Behavioral Science Applications, an innovative operational risk management consulting firm serving a global client base. Steve is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS), a Diplomate of the National Center for Crisis Management, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the International College for the Behavioral Sciences, where he serves as an officer on the Board of Directors. He is a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) and holds Level 5 Certification in Homeland Security (CHS-V). He is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, an expert in threat assessment and is frequently called upon by law enforcement agencies, the media and the courts to provide insight on workplace, school and community violence prevention and response. For more information about Mr. Crimando please go to this website:

Dr. Mario Scalora
Dr. Mario Scalora is the director of the Public Policy Center and professor of psychology with the Clinical Training and Law-Psychology Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as coordinating an active academic research program engaging in collaborative research in targeted violence. He received his B.S. in psychology from St. Joseph’s University and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests address various types of targeted violence issues including threats to public institutions and infrastructure/threat assessment, sexual offending, stalking and workplace violence. This research continues to involve collaboration with state and federal agencies dealing with threat management and counterterrorism issues. Dr. Scalora has extensive relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies related to threat assessment research and consultation assessing predictive risk factors and management strategies concerning targeted threatening and violent activity. In addition to his role as director, Dr. Scalora also serves as a consulting psychologist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police regarding campus safety, threat management, and emergency preparedness. For more information about Dr. Scalora please go to this website:  or

Mr. William Zimmerman
Mr. William Zimmerman is a 32 year veteran of the United States Capitol Police. Assigned in 1987 to the Threat Assessment Section (TAS) he served as the Senior Investigator before his recent retirement. He and his unit were responsible for investigating threats against members of U.S. Congress, their families and other salutary protectees. Mr. Zimmerman has conducted training in interviewing, handling and assessing subjects who come to the attention of the Congressional Community. He regularly conducted Security Awareness Seminars for the Senate and House staff. He has been involved with the creation of numerous threat management sections throughout the United States and Great Britain. Mr. Zimmerman was the first President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Washington, D.C. Chapter and was the first recipient of the ATAP Meritorious Service Award. 

Contact Us

Meeting Logistics Vanessa Zobeck (402-472-5772)

Information about the training: Charlotte Evans  or Kristin Nelson