APATAP is delighted to announce Ms Cleo Brandt and Associate Professor Troy McEwan as presenters for the 2021 Symposium Masterclass. The masterclass explores the topic of stalking and discusses strategies for a professional response.
The masterclass will take place on the at 10 am 26 March 2021. Please visit our Events page to register for the 2021 Symposium.
Cleo Brandt was an investigative psychologist with the Netherlands National Police for 13 years until 2020 and was a long-term member of the Dutch National Committee for Equivocal Sexual Abuse Allegations. Over the past decade, Cleo has developed specific expertise in stalking threat and risk assessment and management. She translated the Stalking Risk Profile and theScreening Assessment for Stalking and Harassment into Dutch and introduced both tools into the Dutch Police, Mental Health Care and Probational Services. In 2016 Cleo co-authored a practitioner handbook designed to guide effective responses to stalking and was she was instrumental in the development of a new approach to stalking within the Netherlands National Police. Cleo provides training about stalking to police, victim advocates, lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals, in addition to case consultation for victims of stalking. Cleo's other areas of expertise include behavioural investigative advice in (sexual) homicide cases, linkage analysis in sexual assault cases, and reviewing and analysing homicide cases, often ex-partner stalking cases that have ended in death, in order to determine if there were failings in the investigation.
Troy McEwan is an Associate Professor of clinical and forensic psychology at Swinburne University of Technology and a senior psychologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). Her research focusses on improving understanding, assessment and treatment of people who engage in stalking, family violence, sexual offending and deliberate firesetting. Troy has led projects to develop and evaluate risk assessment instruments for these behaviours, as well as more fundamental research focused on understanding contributory psychological and relationship processes. She has authored over 60 articles, book chapters and books in these areas, including the Stalking Risk Profile and Screening Assessment for Stalking and Harassment, risk assessment instruments used around Australia, the UK and Europe. She provides advice to the courts, correctional and mental health agencies about managing stalking cases, and delivers training on responding to stalking to a wide variety of professionals from different sectors.
Stalking: Practical strategies for a professional response
Attendees at this workshop will learn about effective methods of managing stalking cases through discussion of case examples, didactic teaching, and group-based exercises. The first part of the workshop will cover recognising stalking, key areas of risk and risk factors, how to assess stalking from different perspectives, and providing useful advice to victims.
The second half of the day will use two detailed case studies as the focus of learning how to identify effective intervention strategies, including potential pitfalls when managing stalking. This practical workshop is suited to anyone who is responsible for responding to stalking and keeping victims and the community safe.