Date(s) - Mar 10, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Presenter: Michelle Calhoun (USA), CTM (AfATAP Member) Safe Solutions International LLC
Dr. Robert Gallagher (USA), CTM Senior partner of Guardian Defense Group

“We need security at 2 pm today for a high risk termination.” It’s 9 AM.

Security managers, threat assessment professionals, and HR managers may be accustomed to managing last minute requests of concerned clients for employment separation meetings, but employment separation strategies are not last minute and are anything but routine. Threat assessment data and operational experience suggests employment separation can be both a life altering event that can lead to triggering either affective or targeted violence toward an employer. This presentation outlines the definition and reasons for safe termination strategies, how perceived humiliation and dignity play a leading roles in termination strategy, research on safe terminations, practical considerations for helping guide HR managers through a safe termination plan, how to vary termination approach based on core personality (narcissistic, paranoid, antisocial, obsessive personality types), and providing case application by sharing one speaker’s personal experience handling a safe termination case.



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), managing threat assessment cases and implementing the DHS/USCIS workplace violence prevention program for a personnel footprint of about 19,000 with 6 threat assessment teams placed across 4 organizational regions. Prior to DHS/USCIS, Michelle built the Social Security Administration’s agency-wide workplace violence prevention policy and program for a personnel footprint of 65,000. As SSA’s Workplace Violence Prevention Program Manager, she oversaw the education and management of 12 threat assessment teams placed across 10 organizational regions, managed threat assessment cases, and conducted harassment investigations. Michelle received multiple awards during her tenures, including a Commissioner’s Citation for workplace violence program implementation, management, and leadership.

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, and the newly updated Interagency Security Committee’s Violence in the Federal Workplace Guide (July 2019). She has been a speaker for the 2016 and 2017 Human Capital Management in Government (HCMG) Conferences, the DoD Psychosocial Risk and Insider Management working group, the DoD Social Behavioral Sciences Summit (SBS) 2020, the Boise State University Threat Management Conference (2021), ATAP Threat Management conferences, and the DoD OUSDI Insider Threat Program.

Michelle is a member of ATAP’s Washington D.C. Chapter and is the Chapter’s Vice President. She has also served as Chapter Secretary and been a key contributor to ATAP’s National Communications, Strategic Planning, and Government Affairs Committees. Michelle is a certified Mediator (Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center of Howard County, Maryland), is certified by ATAP as a Certified Threat Manager (CTM) and certified by Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST). Michelle is also a certified mPEAK mindfulness coach and DHS Master Trainer for the DHS Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM) curriculum. 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.

Dr. Robert Gallagher is an operational psychologist who has spent more than two decades supporting the DoD and the intelligence community. As an Air Force officer, government civilian employee and now, defense contractor he has served on six continents and directly supported several of the USA’s most sensitive geo-political missions. In additional to being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Gallagher has been credentialed as federal special agent, board certified coach and most recently certified threat manager. Currently, he is a senior partner of Guardian Defense Group and his primary contract role is as the senior behavioral advisor at the DoD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC).


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