Category: Atypical Events

Mental Health Treatment Is Not the Cure-All in Stopping Gun Violence

Posted by George L. Vergolias on February 23, 2018

In the New York Times was a well-written op-ed piece by Dr. Amy Barnhorst of UC Davis clearly outlining the limitations of traditional mental health treatment to prevent mass shootings. She does an excellent job of explaining the design of the involuntary commitment process, the role, and benefit of psychotherapy and the limitations of both. The […]

The Role of Engagement and Leakage in Mass Shootings

The Role of Engagement and Leakage in Mass Shootings

Posted by George L. Vergolias on February 16, 2018

By George Vergolias, PsyD, LP   On February 14th, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz woke up, seemingly did his regular morning routine, and later took an Uber to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, arriving at 2:19 pm EST. He then walked into the school and opened fire with an AR-15, killing 17 and wounding […]

Disruption is endlessly creative

Posted by Jeff Gorter on February 22, 2017

Disruption is endlessly creative. Although the disruptive events with which we assist predominantly fall into three main categories – unexpected employee death, robbery, and downsizing – we have been seeing an increasing number of events that fall well outside the usual incident types, what could be called atypical events. Some have been driven by political […]

Atypical Events in the Workplace: Reactions and Recovery

Posted by Clare McCullough on February 17, 2017

When we think of an “atypical” event, it is not the norm. In a world where many of us prefer a plan, a sense of organization, and consistency – any disruption to the typical flow of our day, and what we plan for, can cause stress. If an unexpected event occurs at our place of […]

Atypical events that aren’t so atypical

Posted by Les Kertay on February 15, 2017

When we think “atypical” event, we tend to think sensationally. We think beheadings, brutal violence, mass shootings, terrible accidents, natural disasters. But those are the rarest things that disrupt our lives and work. Much more common are deaths of people we know, lay-offs, simple car accidents. They are atypical, but not rare. Last year we changed our language […]

Atypical Events: Rush to Judgement?

Posted by Dennis Potter on February 8, 2017

What is the difference between a “typical event” and an “atypical” event? We are never quite sure until we determine the details. When I am called to respond to an organization that has been hit with a potentially disruptive event, I always attempt to gather as much information as I can about the event to […]

In Mass Attacks There is No Typical

Posted by George L. Vergolias on February 1, 2017

Over 40 years of forensic research has taught that while there are some clear patterns to predatory violence and mass attacks, human violence is a complex and multi-dimensional behavior resulting in atypical manifestations with each new event. There have been several watershed moments in America’s experience with terrorism. Ideological terrorism – The 1993 World Trade […]