ATAP Certified Threat Manager
Triple Threat Assessment and Prevention Consulting, LLC

Presentation:  Behavioral Threat Assessment and Psychopharmacological Approaches to Managing the Potential Violence

Matt Talbot is a Certified Threat Manager through the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) located in San Antonio, TX and originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA 2003 and his Masters in Social Work Degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, MA in 2006.

During his graduate education he worked as a substance abuse counselor at a dual-diagnosis residential treatment program through Victory Programs.  He completed full year internships as a clinical social worker at the MET School in Providence, Rhode Island and then at the Suffolk County House of Correction where he provided clinical services to male and female detainees and to individuals in the facility’s I.C.E. Detention Center.

In 2006 he assumed a full-time role as a mental health clinician for the Massachusetts Department of Correction, MCI-Norfolk, providing individual, group, and emergency mental health services to adult male inmates serving sentences from three years to life without the possibility of parole.  He often assisted the parole office in review of inmate statements pertaining to their crimes to aid in the determination of appropriateness for parole consideration.  In addition he supervised graduate students from various MSW Programs throughout Massachusetts.  In 2007 he received an award from MHM Services, Inc., the contracted mental health provider for the Massachusetts D.O.C, for innovative program design focused on enhanced mental health services to inmates in segregation, 23-hour lockdown units. In addition, in 2008, he also assumed the role of managing and facilitating the provision of mental health services at the neighboring Bay State Correctional Facility, a minimum security facility for male offenders serving sentences up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  That same year he earned certification as a Certified Gang Specialist through training with the Virginia Gang Investigators Association (VGIA).

In 2010 Matt relocated to San Antonio, Texas to work as a Senior Emergency Department Psychiatric Social Worker completing comprehensive mental health evaluations, suicide and violence risk assessments, and aiding in the facilitation of psychiatric hospitalization for patients at risk to self or others.  He was quickly asked to assume a role on the facility’s Disruptive Behavior Committee (DBC) given his background in forensic mental health, a facility-based multidisciplinary threat assessment team responsible for assessing and managing patients who may pose a risk of violence to the organization or its staff.

Soon after joining the DBC he was appointed as Program Coordinator by the facility’s Chief of Staff.  He restructured the program to align with best practices in threat assessment and violence risk assessment and is responsible for the creation of the first full-time threat assessment position at the facility.  Currently, he is a Workplace Violence Prevention Program Coordinator for the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) responsible for managing the safety of more than 80,000 patients and 4000 employees.  He manages two threat assessment teams assessing potential risks for affective and targeted violence by employees and patients/non-employees respectively.

Matt is also a Board Member of the ATAP Texas Chapter serving as the San Antonio Liaison and is also the first social worker to become a Certified Threat Manager through ATAP in the history of the VHA.  He is a nationally accredited Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor through the National Association of Forensic Counselors and a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator by the National Board of Forensic Evaluators.  He frequently presents and consults on violence prevention in the workplace and campuses and the fundamentals of threat assessment at the local and national level.

Matt is the recent recipient of the ATAP Texas Chapter President’s Award for dedication and commitment to threat assessment and actively works with public safety agencies in San Antonio in an effort to enhance threat assessment and information sharing throughout the community, schools, and workplaces in South Texas.

Disclosure: Mr. Talbot has no relevant financial relationship(s), potential or perceived, with commercial or conflicts of interest to disclose.