The Dangerous Patient

Many states, including Wisconsin, are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars on mental health care in order to lower the incidence of violence in our communities and to prevent mass shootings. This workshop corrects misconceptions about violence and mental illness and helps clinicians approach their work safely and with confidence.

At a glance

What: The Dangerous Patient

When: W, Dec 3, 9am-4pm

Where: American Club, 419 Highland Dr, Kohler, WI

Cost: $175

Continuing education credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs)

Instructor: David Mays

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For additional information, contact Kristi Obmascher: 608-262-8971

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Next class

When: M, May 4, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Instructor: David Mays

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The debate about the relationship of violence to mental illness is ongoing, impassioned, and generally full of erroneous assumptions. In the meantime, mental health workers often receive little training in how to do good violence risk assessments and how to keep themselves safe in the process.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Relate the most recent data about violence and mental illness
  • Give examples of the 20 most robust static and dynamic risk factors for violence
  • Explain violence risk in specific diagnoses
  • Contract the efficacies of various treatments for violence
  • Describe the Tarasoff Duty in Wisconsin

General information

The American Club, 419 Highland Dr. in Kohler, WI is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. For more information visit»

Registration is at 8:30 am; workshops 9am–4pm each day.

Continuing Education Units
0.6 CEU (6 credit hours) per training.

$175 per program includes instruction, materials, CEUs, lunch/refreshments each day, and a nonrefundable $20 administrative fee.

Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements. A block of rooms will be held at nearby Inn on Wood Lake through Nov 3, 2014 at a rate of $119/night single; $139/night double. Stay at the American Club for $169/night single; $199/night double. Call 800-344-2838 to make reservations. Reference number 8273AI, group block “University of Wisconsin–Madison.“

Enrollment is limited: Register early!

Program cancellations
In the event of bad weather or other emergencies, call 608-263-4432 or visit to learn whether a Continuing Studies program or class has been cancelled.

Continuing education credit

Six hours of Professional Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs per training

Association of Social Work Boards: UW-Madison Continuing Studies (provider #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/27/2013-4/27/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in each course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours per day.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #5990 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course relevant to the professional practice of psychology offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Theses workshops qualify as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.