Free Live Webinar Series

Welcome to the Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR)’s, a brand of MHS Public Safety, free live webinar series! GIFR is the leading provider of high-quality online training for mental health, correctional, and law enforcement professionals. Each year, GIFR hosts 12 free webinars offered by partnering organizations including Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network (SOCCPN).

The listed webinars are free, live, interactive, open to anyone, and eligible for continuing education (CE) credit. Complete the sign-up form of the webinar you wish to attend by clicking on “Read More”

Not able to attend the scheduled free webinar? All registrants will receive a free recording of the webinar as long as the respective registration form is submitted.

*IMPORTANT* Attendees who are not current GIFR members must attend the free live webinar in order to obtain CE credit. Recordings are not eligible for CE credit for non-members. Attendance will be monitored. To learn more about GIFR membership, visit

Title: De-escalation of Those Experiencing Crisis & Emotional Disturbances

Date: May 12, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Eligible for: 1.5 CEUs

Description: De-escalation is the use of verbal and non-verbal strategies intended to reduce the intensity of a situation without the application of force, or, if force is necessary, reducing the amount if reasonably safe to do so. De-escalation and non-escalation are a consideration in every police interaction with the public and not just in encounters where Use of Force is the outcome. Central to every encounter with the public is an officer’s ability to make critical decisions and perform actions that are reasonable to the situation at hand. Due to the dynamic nature of these interactions, they may not require force at first. However, it is possible that the officer’s actions or situational factors beyond the officer’s control may escalate a situation to the level in which force is justified under the Law. In some cases, however, the force used may have been avoided by the application of de-escalation or non-escalation practices. The goal of this presentation is to discuss practical ways of de-escalating a high stakes situation as well as reviewing the studies to better understand the effect of complex motor learning and psychophysiology on risk assessment and decision making.

Title: Assessing Workplace & Campus Violence in the age of COVID-19: An introduction to the WAVR-21 Version 3

Date: May 26, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Eligible for: 1.5 CEUs

Description:This training offers an introduction to Version 3 of the Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk-21 (WAVR-21), with additional comments on how it may be useful in cases that raise concern due to extremist or conspiratorial beliefs. Case examples and brief vignettes will introduce attendees to how the WAVR-21 is applied in practice. The WAVR-21 is a 21-item coded instrument for the structured assessment of workplace and campus targeted violence risk. Consisting of both static and dynamic evidence-based risk factors, the WAVR-21 can be combined with users’ clinical or professional judgment to reliably identify and assess the motives, nature, frequency, and severity of both homicidal and non-homicidal aggression in work and higher education settings. Relevant behaviors of concern such as stalking, anger problems, violent delusions, bullying, and personal stressors, are also coded, as well as organizational contributors to violence risk. The WAVR-21 may be used by the members of multi-disciplinary threat assessment and management (TAM) teams who typically work in organizations, risk assessment mental health professionals who consult to or conduct formal assessments in work or campus settings, law enforcement professionals and security consultants.

Title: Oregon’s Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act: Where do we go from here? Opportunities, risks, and unintended consequences for community corrections

Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Description:  Oregon has traditionally had a reputation for innovation and forethought in its criminal justice policy and practice. In 2020 the voters of Oregon passed a constitutional amendment which effectively decriminalized the possession of “user” amounts of controlled substances. The criminal justice system in Oregon is now grappling with how to implement this ballot measure in a thoughtful and effective way. This webinar will explore the antecedents to this ballot measure, the current state of criminal justice agencies in working with substance abusing offenders, and the plans for the future.

Title: Implementation Science Basics for Evidence-Based Risk Reduction in Justice Settings

Date: August 11, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US)

Eligible for: 1.5 CE Credits

Training Description: Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) promise great recidivism reduction results; but only to the degree that they are implemented as designed and as intended. Contemporary organizational and implementation research communities have reported high rates of failure when it comes to implementation of new practices, programs, and policies. Effective implementation is a direct result of the people doing the work, the culture within which they are working, the data driving the process and the leadership environment surrounding the EBP itself. These four (4) areas make up the Pillars of Effective Implementation Acumen and come with a variety of strategies and tools to apply to all aspects of the change process. The purpose of this workshop is to demystify implementation science by reviewing the Four Pillars. This workshop will provide participants with a user-friendly framework for learning and applying the best practices from the implementation research community.