Registration opens soon

Join us at Marriott Hotel at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg:
- Dates: 21 and 22 November 2022
-Member Ticket: R3200.00
-Non-member Ticket: R4000.00


Please join us for AfATAP’s first in-person conference taking place on 21 and 22 November 2022 at the Marriott Hotel at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. 


The agenda for the conference can be downloaded below.

Conference speakers

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr Russell Palarea

Dr. Russell Palarea is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Operational Psychology Services (OPS). He is an internationally recognized expert on threat assessment, insider threat, protective intelligence, and counterterrorism, providing consultation in these areas to Fortune 500 corporations, global security firms, law enforcement, government agencies, and universities. Dr. Palarea serves as the contract Consulting Operational Psychologist for the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). He was brought to DSS in 2012 to spearhead the creation of the State Department’s Threat Management Program, and currently provides threat assessment consultation for its leadership, facilities, and personnel through the Office of Protective Intelligence Investigations and Insider Threat Program. Additionally, he serves as an instructor for the DSS Training Academy and a presenter for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

Prior to joining the private sector, Dr. Palarea served for 10 years as a Staff Operational Psychologist with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), providing his expertise to the NCIS Threat Management Unit, Counterterrorism Department, and Insider Threat Program.

Dr. Palarea also consulted on investigations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF), and he trained personnel at numerous U.S. Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence agencies, JTTFs, and state and local entities. His international experience includes training national law enforcement, security services, military services, and corporate security in Canada, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Dr. Palarea has conducted research on stalking, workplace violence, and assessment of communicated threats with the Los Angeles Police Department Threat Management Unit, U.S. Capitol Police Threat Assessment Section, Nebraska State Patrol, and Lincoln Police Department. His journal publications have appeared in the professional journals such as Behavioral Sciences & the Law; Violence & Victims; Journal of Forensic Sciences, and the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. Dr. Palarea has co-authored book chapters on psychiatric diagnoses and the offender victim typology of stalking in Meloy’s The Psychology of Stalking, crisis and hostage negotiation in Kennedy and Zillmer’s publication Military Psychology, ethics in crisis negotiation in Kennedy and Williams’ Ethical Practice in Operational Psychology, the role of sexual fantasies in sex offenses in Robertz’ Violent Fantasies, and protective intelligence in Meloy & Hoffman’s second edition of the International Handbook of Threat Assessment.

Since 1996, Dr. Palarea has been an active participant with the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), serving as ATAP’s President from 2017-2021. ATAP awarded him with its Meritorious Service Award in 2012 for his proposal to establish the International Relations Committee, serving as the Committee’s Chair, and facilitating relationships with the Canadian, European, African and Asia Pacific partner associations. Dr. Palarea is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and serves on the National Advisory Board for the National Center for School Safety Council (NCSS).

Dr. Palarea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr Ngao Motsei (South Africa)

Dr. Ngao Motsei is a workplace bullying practitioner, scholar, coach and thought leader. She is passionate about creating healthy, respectful, and bully-free work environments, and partner with C-Suite leaders to help them create high performing teams and organisations free of bullying and harassment. As a scholar practitioner and Independent Non-Executive Director, she brings academic rigour and an applied people, and ethics-centred approach to governance, growth and sustainability in the Boards she serves in. Dr Motsei also serves on the Board of the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment, a global membership organisation of academics, researchers and practitioners aimed at stimulating, generating, integrating and disseminating applied research and evidence-based solutions to creating bully-free work environments. She is an ICF-certified and accredited integral coach, and also trained as a coach who specializes in working with abrasive leaders using the Boss Whispering® method. On the academic front, Dr Motsei served as Fulltime Faculty, Lecturer and Lead Faculty for the MBA in Management Consulting and the Global Executive Development Programme at GIBS, as well as Faculty in the GIBS/Harvard Senior Executive Program-Africa from January 2016 – January 2022. She now serves as Adjunct Faculty and Lead Faculty for the GIBS Global Executive Development Programme, and Research Fellow at the GIBS Centre for Business Ethics.

Prof Gérard Labuschagne (South Africa)

Gérard Labuschagne is a former Brigadier from the South African Police Service (SAPS) and was the head of their profiling unit known as the Investigative Psychology Section. During this time, he was trained as a hostage negotiator by the SAPS and as a homicide and death investigator by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. He holds a PhD in psychology and two Masters Degrees and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at the HPCSA and an admitted Advocate of the High Court in South Africa. He is one of only two ATAP Certified Threat Managers (CTM) from Africa and is a co-owner of L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s only sole-purpose threat assessment and management company dealing with workplace violence. He holds an honorary professorship at the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and is the current AfATAP President. He has publications in professional journals and chapters in professional textbooks on a range of forensic psychology related topics including threat assessment. He has published two books through Penguin, about his experiences profiling violent crimes and threats in the SAPS, which were best sellers.

Prof Jaco Barkhuizen (South Africa)

Prof Dr. Jaco Barkhuizen is currently Head of Department and Full Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Limpopo. Previously he was Department Head at the University of Fort Hare.

He started his academic career at the University of Pretoria, South Africa where he graduated with a Bachelors’ in Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Criminology. After receiving this Bachelor’s degree he furthered his studies at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (now known as Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) by completing a B.A (Hons). Psychology degree. After completing this degree, he enrolled and graduated with the degree B.A. (Hons) Criminology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
On receiving the above mentioned degree he enrolled for the degree M.A Psychology at the University of Pretoria. The focus of his Masters research was on South African serial killers and the title of the dissertation is: “An exploration of the intra psychic development and personality structure of serial killers through the use of psychometric testing.”

While pursuing his Masters’ degree research he was awarded the prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship (MEXT) scholarship from the government of Japan to pursue his doctoral aspirations at Tokiwa University in Mito, Japan.

His doctoral focus was on: “Sexual Molestation on Public Transportation- A Victimological Approach”. This research culminated in him obtaining the first recognized dedicated full Doctorate in Human Science Victimology which led to him being selected as the first Non-Asian Valedictorian at Tokiwa University.

Prof. Barkhuizen is a co-course director on the African Post Graduate course on Victimology. He currently serves as a member the Limpopo Province (South Africa) Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Technical committee task team as well as The South Africa Police Service (SAPS) Tertiary Institutions Forum. Furthermore, he is also associated with Professors without Borders online. He has also served as an Advisory Director for a South African NGO that serves female victims and the Scientific Advisor for a Victim Rights NGO in Botswana. Prof. Barkhuizen was also the President of the Criminology Society of Africa (CRIMSA 2018-2020). Furthermore, he has served on different structures of the World Society of Victimology and is also a lifetime member of this organization. In June 2022 he was elected to the Executive committee of the World Society of Victimology (2022-2027) where he chairs the Standards and Norm’s committee. He has also won teaching awards and has developed curricula and content for certain modules being taught in South Africa and Indonesia. His input on topics related to Crime and Victims are frequently sought by the media/press and he has used this platform to speak out for Victim Rights.

Prof. Barkhuizen has published over 22 peer reviewed academic pieces (academic journals, chapters in books and conference proceedings), and has presented 30 papers at national and International Criminological and Victimological conferences. He has also delivered over 26 keynote/guest professor/lecturer papers in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He also enjoys the privilege of being non-permanent Visiting Professor in Indonesia and Japan.

Adv Herman Bosman (South Africa)

Herman is the currently Kidnapping & Extortion as well as Crisis Incident Manager for TSU International.

Adv Herman Bosman was the Provincial Commander of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Hostage Negotiation Team, as a Lieutenant Colonel for 20 years and a serving member for 29 years. He was part of the planning team and the command structure for various major events, such as the 2010 Soccer World Cup in the Western Cape.

During his 20 years at the SAPS Hostage Negotiation Team, he dealt with numerous Kidnapping- and suicide related incidents in the Western Cape and abroad. He was also tasked with selecting and training persons for hostage-related incident management (theory and practical) as well as logistical and financial management.

He provided training to various countries including Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, France, Latvia and more. He was also a permanent member of all the National Key Point, Joint Planning Committee Structures in the Western Cape. In 2000 he attended a training program at Louisiana State University Socorro, New Mexico, USA as part of the US Department of State Antiterrorism Assistance Program.

In 2005 he was invited to do a Kidnapping Management presentation at The International Negotiators Working Group in Vancouver, Canada. During 2009 he hosted the French GIGN in the Western Cape and presented a workshop in the management of mass hostage incidents.

Herman joined TSU International on 2015-04-15 and established the Kidnapping and Extortion Division for the Company.

During 2016 he was a Keynote Speaker at The Close Protection Technology Forum in London on invitation of CTG Intelligence, London and attended the 7th Annual Tackling Kidnapping, Hijacking and Hostage Taking Conference in London during that time.

Since 2015 he provided training and information sessions on behalf of TSU International, for companies in many African Countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania etc. and Britain with VC broadcasting to other destinations (New Jersey, New York, Isle of Man, Mauritius, and South Africa).

Herman and his team presented various Kidnapping Awareness, Prevention and Management; training and information sessions across Africa. Some of which were collaborated between hostage survivors Debbie Calitz (author of 20 Months in Hostage Hell) and Yolandé Korkie (author of 558 Days).

Establishing and implementing kidnapping incident prevention – and management procedures and protocols, across Africa, for corporate clients, is regarded as one of the most important responsibilities in a time where there is a rise in organized and professional kidnapping syndicate incidents. His team is regularly involved in assisting with various Kidnapping and Extortion Incidents.

Ms Michelle Calhoun (USA/Kenya)

Michelle Calhoun has 13 years of security and management experience in the public sector. Through her company, Safe Solutions International, LLC, Michelle Calhoun consults on a wide range of threat assessment and management policy, program, and training needs, and provides coaching in mindfulness. She has served as the Workplace Violence Prevention Program Manager at the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA). While in these capacities, Michelle built and managed full-scale agency-wide workplace violence prevention programs customized for each enterprise, managed geographically dispersed threat assessment teams, behavioral risk cases, and conducted harassment investigations.

Michelle is a certified mediator, certified threat manager (CTM), certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), a certified mPEAK mindfulness coach, and a DHS Master Trainer for Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management. Michelle is an invited contributor to the Office of Personnel Management Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Workgroup, the Interagency Security Committee’s (ISC) Insider Threat and Workplace Violence Working Groups, the DoD Psychosocial Risk and Insider Management working group, and the White House Gender-Based Violence Prevention sub working group.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, (University Park, PA), a Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from University of Maryland (College Park, MD), and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Capella University with clinical counseling and forensic psychology specializations.

Dr Stephen Hart (Canada)

Dr. Stephen D. Hart is a Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and, He also has been a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway since 2000. Outside academia, a Director and Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc. He is recognized in Canada as a Certified Threat Assessment Professional. His expertise is in the field of clinical-forensic psychology, with a special focus on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder. He has co-authored more than 235 books, chapters, and articles.

He served as Founding Editor of both the International Journal of Forensic Mental and the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He served as executive committee member of several professional organizations, including President of the American Psychology-Law Society and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. In Canada, he has been qualified to give expert testimony before various courts, tribunals, and review boards, including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs, the Federal Court, and the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario; he has also given expert testimony throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. He obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Colonel Tollie Vreugdenberg (South Africa)

Colonel Tollie Vreugdenberg is a 42 year veteran in the South African Police Service. He is attached to the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation, also known as the HAWKS. He is the National Section Commander for Counter Terrorism Investigations.

He served over 40 of those years as a Detective, 20 years in the General Detectives and Murder and Robbery units and 22 years in the SAPS Counter Terrorism Section. He has worked on right wing extremist investigations and religious extremist investigations, amongst others. He was awarded the Police Medal for Combating Terrorism three times. He was also bestowed the Police Silver Cross for Bravery twice for terrorism related investigations.

Dr Peter Collins CD, MD, MCA, FRCPC (Canada)

Dr. Peter Collins has been the forensic psychiatrist with the Ontario Provincial Police, since 1995. From 1990 to 1995 he was a member of the first profiling unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Violent Crime Analysis Section) and was involved in the development of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS). Since 1992 he has been a member of the crisis/hostage negotiation team of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force.

Peter obtained his Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa, his Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate medical training in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Illness and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Peter is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Threat Assessment Professional (Canada) through the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Peter is also a co-investigator with the Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab and the International Performance Resilience and Efficiency Program for police tactical teams at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). He is a consulting editor with the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, published by the American Psychological Association, and a columnist with Blue Line Magazine.

He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves), at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander, and served on 2 deployments in Southern Afghanistan. In October 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian Forces. Peter is an advisor to the newly formed Toronto Police Service outreach program for Homeless Veterans.

In 1997 Peter was elected a member of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. In 2017 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Critical Incident Association. Peter is an authority on violent crime and has worked with, and instructed, numerous criminal justice agencies in North America, and 23 countries internationally, including the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Europol.

AfATAP’s first in-person conference
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  • Topics include: Preventing a Mass Shooting, Risk Assessment and many more
  • Speakers from the private sector
  • Dates:  21 & 22 November 2022 from 08:30 – 17:00 each day
  • NonTAP members R4000.00