Threat Management Academy
Summit offers three versions of formal threat management training. The Essentials Academy is a two hour orientation designed to equip staff for managing difficult people and determining appropriate responses to situations where a threat may be present. The Fundamentals Academy is a one-day training for those who are new to the threat management world or may need a refresher in threat assessment and management tactics. The Law Enforcement Investigations Academy is hosted by criminal justice agencies and is designed to equip those who investigate stalking and targeted violence cases.
The Fundamentals Academy is our flagship online training experience. The Academy is a one day overview of the practice of behavioral threat assessment and is designed as an introduction for threat managers who are new to the process or as a refresher course for those who are tasked with threat management as an ancillary duty to other responsibilities. It is also ideal for HR professionals and others who may not regularly encounter threatening situations yet must be able to respond to assess and manage threats when the need arises. The Academy is team-taught by our entire faculty, whose biographies can be viewed below.
The Essentials Academy is a two-hour online training experience created in response to requests from organizations who want their employees to learn appropriate responses to threatening behavior. Taught by a Certified Threat Manager and veteran crisis negotiator, it is ideal for persons who are in regular contact with the general public such as retail managers, those who provide counter service, and receptionists or other doorkeepers. Subjects covered include the basics of threat assessment, active listening, basic de-escalation techniques and how to provide appropriate documentation.
To facilitate conversation, class size is limited to 18 seats.
Law Enforcement Investigations
The Law Enforcement Investigations Academy is a two-day onsite intensive training experience designed for peace officers who may encounter and investigate threatening behavior such as stalking and threats of targeted violence, whether implied or explicit. The class is a fast moving mix of theory and practical tabletop exercises based on actual criminal cases. Lead instructor Byron Wong works in a threat assessment unit for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country and has assessed, investigated, and/or assisted in excess of 5,000 inappropriate contacts/ communications, suspicious circumstances, and threats relating to public officials. Class facilitator Chris Stevens has built teams and organized hands-on training for a variety of law enforcement agencies, corporate teams, and non-profit volunteer groups around the world. Both are veteran peace officers and Certified Threat Managers. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion.
We invite your agency to talk with us about hosting an academy.
Molly Amman, J.D.
Former FBI profiler Molly Amman is an internationally recognized expert in threat assessment and management. Prior to retiring from FBI service in 2020, Molly spent years at the BAU in Quantico, Virginia, developing her expertise and experience as a targeted violence profiler; she served as program manager for the multiagency Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, which spearheads the FBI’s efforts in targeted violence assessment and management. Molly's case work at the BAU focused on public figure threats, school and workplace violence issues, threatening communications, assessing persons of concern for active shooter and other types of planned attacks, deployment to completed attacks, stalking and extortion, active crisis incidents such as riots and hostage scenarios, and more; she has extensive experience with both ideologically-motivated (terrorism) and personal grievance-oriented offenders.
Prior to joining the BAU as a profiler, Molly served as a faculty member at the FBI Academy, teaching communications, investigative interviewing, and detection of deception. Molly also served as a supervisor in the FBI Special Events Management Program, designed to manage public safety assets for crisis response and management, intelligence, and investigations in relation to major special events such as professional sports championships and olympic games.
Molly has collaborated extensively with law enforcement and public safety partners both at home and abroad, intelligence agencies, professional organizations, members of academia, and private sector partners, in assessing threats of violence posed by individuals and groups. She has conducted training around the world and has authored several publications on topics related to threats and targeted violence. Molly completed several long-term overseas deployments to further US and allied threat mitigation and anti-radicalization efforts.
Molly graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, followed by a Juris Doctorate cum laude, from Drake University. After practicing law as a prosecutor, she joined the FBI in 1998.
Since retiring from FBI service in 2020, Molly is now engaged in private practice threat assessment and management. Molly collaborates with other threat management professionals, participates in research and publishing, and is a recognized leader in the field. She currently serves as the national Certification Chair for the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), and has previously served on the ATAP Association Board of Directors.
Molly resides with her family in Iowa, USA.
MA, CTM, CPP, PPS
Mr. Berberian is the Head of Physical Security for AAA Insurance – CSAA IG. He leads their Threat Assessment Team, is their law enforcement liaison, and conducts a variety of employee safety and security trainings across the organization. He is a Certified Threat Manager, a Certified Protection Professional, and a Personal Protection Specialist. He is also a Certified Ethical Hacker. He holds an MA in Intelligence Studies from the American Military University and a BS in Global Business Management from the University of Pheonix. He has over 17 years of international experience in security services as well as disaster relief and emergency response services, including Rapid Intervention Teams and Terrorism Awareness. He has presented to the Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council and the American Society for Industrial Security. Mr Berberian is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is active as a volunteer in supporting veterans in his community.
Hector R. Alvarez, MSPsy, CTM
Mr. Alvarez is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention and is a Certified Threat Manager by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He holds a MS in Forensic Psychology and a BS in Criminal Justice. He has over 25 years of threat management, security, domestic terrorism and crisis management experience serving as a Security Director, a city police officer and as a professional security consultant. He has assisted organizations in recovering from significant incidents of violence and was a responder to both the Loma Prieta earthquake and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
He has personally assessed and/or responded to thousands of potentially violent situations, developed numerous violence prevention programs and trained tens of thousands of employees and managers in the areas of crisis intervention, active shooter response, violence prevention, domestic terrorism and emergency management. He is frequently called upon by news and media sources as a commentator and is in demand as a public speaker.
Alvarez Associates, LLC
Ph. D., M.A.O.B.
Dr. Carr is a principle consultant for Alvarez Associates, LLC and an Adjunct Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at Northcentral University and the California School of Forensics Studies at Alliant International University.
Dr. Carr is a subject matter expert in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Administration of Justice. His specialties are in Intimate Partner Violence, Crisis Intervention Training and Behavioral Threat Assessment and Risk Management. He is certified as a POST Level II Academy Instructor and teaches Mental Health disorders in crisis intervention techniques. He is certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health as an Adult Mental Health First Aid Trainer.
Dr. Carr holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical-Forensic Psychology and Master of Arts degrees in both Clinical-Forensic Psychology and Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Carr has also worked in outpatient and inpatient clinical settings as a Staff Psychologist and Senior Psychologist Specialist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He served as a Deputy Sheriff-Coroner, Contract Police Officer and Campus Security Officer for almost a decade.
Byron Wong has been employed as a peace officer since June 6, 1997. He has held assignments in patrol, gang enforcement, civil disturbance response team, community oriented policing squad, warrant service, dignitary protection, and special investigations. Byron has been assigned as an investigator in a threat assessment unit since November 1, 2011. He has assessed, investigated, and assisted in excess of 5,000 inappropriate contacts/ communications, suspicious circumstances, and threats relating to elected officials. He has presented threat assessment training for numerous law enforcement agencies, staff of public officials, staff of the judiciary, the 2018 Sacramento Security Summit, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) chapter meetings, and the threat assessment community. Byron is an ATAP Certified Threat Manager, graduated from Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment & Management Academy, and is certified in Infrastructure Protection by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Byron has also attended the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation and state level protection schools. Byron holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on public sector leadership. Byron is an associate instructor at his agency’s protection school, a Promise Presenter for Sandy Hook Promise, and Director of Security for a large church in Northern California. Additionally, Byron is the current president of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
Christopher Stevens, MA, CTM
Mr. Stevens is President of Summit Solutions Consulting, providing threat management, HR consultation, strategic planning facilitation, and team building/leadership development services for a variety of organizations including businesses, schools, municipalities, and non-profits. He is an adjunct professor at Christian Life College’s School of Business. He holds an MA in Leadership Studies from St. Mary’s College of California and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Southeastern University.
He is a Certified Threat Manager who has over twenty-five years’ experience as a consultant, course developer, instructor, and seminar presenter in management sciences and has provided crisis management, leadership, and administrative training to government officials, municipal agency managers, and private industry managers/supervisors in the United States, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. After working his way through the ranks, he retired from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office in 2011 as a Division Commander. He is a past board member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators and is the immediate past president of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.