Human Services Programs
Professional Development Opportunities

Dangerous Patients Workshop

April 24, 2014
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Valhalla-Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse
$125, General Public
$85, Mayo Clinic Health System and UW-L Counseling and Testing Center

Register Online!  or  Printable Registration Form (1 page PDF)

Workshop Objectives:

  • Know the latest theories of risk assessment for violence and have some tools for clinical use
  • Know how to evaluate the difference between normal anger and potentially more serious situations
  • Hear a description of the latest treatments for violence and impulsivity and their limitations
  • Know how to watch for boundary probes and crossings and how to increase personal safety


The Dangerous Patient ppt (33 page PDF)
Violence Bibliography (5 page PDF)


8:30-10:15 am Risk Assessment - What We Know about Who is Dangerous and Who is Not
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30 am-12 pm The Spectrum of Violence, from Threats to Stalking to Assault
12-1 pm Lunch
1-2:15 pm The Latest on the Treatment and Management of Aggression
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-4:30 pm The Involuntary Client, Boundaries and Dynamics


David Vernon Mays, M.D., Ph.D.David Vernon Mays, M.D., Ph.D., is a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has Additional Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with dual appointments in the departments of the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Professional Development and Applied Studies. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Over the last 23 years, Dr. Mays has practiced psychiatry in a variety of settings, including an HMO, an assertive community treatment program, private clinical and forensic practice, and as the clinical director of the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.


  • .65 CEUs (6.5 contact hours) are offered through the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
  • The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UW-L Continuing Education and Extension maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 6.5 contact hours.
  • UW-La Crosse is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education. Provider number #6303. (.65 CEUs)

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund less $50 processing fee before April 10, 2014. No refunds on or after April 10, 2014. Refund requests must be submitted in writing to: UW-La Crosse Continuing Education & Extension, 1725 State Street, 205 Morris Hall, La Crosse, WI 54601. No refunds will be made in the case of non-attendance.

Offered in partnership with:

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To register or for more information: 608.785.6504, 1.866.865.9233 or