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2017 CATAP National Conference and Workshop

Welcome to the homepage for the 2017 CATAP Workshop (October 23rd – 24th) and Conference (October 25th – 27th) at the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec!

We are currently working on finalising our conference program but we are extremely pleased to announce that Bram Van de Meer will be presenting a workshop on INTERVIEWING IN A THREAT ASSESSMENT CONTEXT on October 23 and 24th, 2017.

Register for the conference at Early Bird prices here!

We are looking forward to seeing all our dedicated members again this year and welcome new colleagues from all over Canada and the world.

Workshop (October 23 & 24, 2017)

Bram Van de Meer - Interviewing in a Threat Assessment Context

In threat assessment practice people often possess critical information that is not recorded in any other source of information. This makes the interview one of the most important methods of information gathering. But, the interview is also one of the areas where most mistakes are made, because people and their behaviour are contextual and dynamic in nature. Behaviour is often misinterpreted or miscommunicated and the interviewer not always successful in remaining the objective ‘fact finder’.

This 2-day workshop will help identify such pitfalls and difficulties that practitioners run into during their data collection. Participants will learn specific skills and techniques that will enable them to conduct more effective interviews and generate useful information from those they assess.

An important focus of the training lies on establishing rapport, and influencing circumstances in such a way that the interviewee is willing to release very personal or stressful information. What makes the threat assessment interview exceptional and interesting, but also challenging and sometimes difficult, is the fact that the interviewer has to find a workable balance between, on the one hand - establishing a supportive and friendly climate, and on the other, holding a critical, objective approach. Because, no matter how skilled and successful the interviewer is in establishing a working alliance, the resultant threat assessment will be flawed, incomplete, and inaccurate if the assessor fails to generate reliable statements and clear, useful data.

The presenter will combine latest research findings with recent case examples and interview experiences. Through role plays and practical casework participants will be invited to find creative ways of gathering important information from unwilling or difficult persons. Personality traits can create obstacles for an effective interview. Participants will learn to recognise and objectively describe character traits and indications of more serious psychiatric disorder. They will work in groups and make investigative decisions on when and how to interview specific individuals in the process.

Brief Biography - Bram B. Van der Meer

Mr. Van der Meer is a psychologist and threat management professional, holding academic degrees in criminology from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and clinical psychology from Leiden University (The Netherlands). His academic education was followed by a post-graduate specialisation in investigative psychology.

See Bram's Full Bio here

The Fairmont Richelieu (La Malbaie, QC)

Conference Program (October 25, 26 & 27, 2017)

The conference brochure with all the speakers, times and bios can will be published soon.

Click here to register

Please note that specific timings of talks and individual speakers may be subject to change and may not reflect the final program.


Attend the 2-Day Workshop and/or the 3-Day Conference. 

Check pricing for the event below and act now for Early Bird pricing discounts!

Pricing Loyalty Members* Regular Members
and other "TAP" members
Early Bird (before Sept. 1, 2017)  
Conference and Workshop $725 $775 $975
Regular (from Sept. 1, 2017)  
Conference and Workshop $800 $850 $1050
Conference only $725 $875
Workshop  only   $550 $700

Poster contributor $600
Student** $425
Student** with Poster $300 

Group Discount now available. Register 5 individuals from the same organisation at the same time (pay all at once) and get the 5th registrant free! 

Loyalty members are currently active members that have attended any 2 of the last three CATAP conferences (2014-2016). Loyalty members remember to use your special registration code when registering to receive your discount.

** Students are defined as those that are enrolled in full-time secondary or post-secondary educational programs during the 2016-2017 academic year (typically, Fall 2016 to Winter 2017). Verification of student status is required when registering:

• Current academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

• One letter of recommendation from your academic or field supervisor.

• Verification of student status, if not reflected on transcript or in reference letter.

Please forward the verification letter to catap.treasurer@gmail.com

If you are a member of a CATAP partner "TAP" (e.g., ATAP, AETAP, AATAP) organisation please make sure to email us at catap.quebec.2017@gmail.com before you complete your registration so that we can apply our member rates to your workshop and conference fees.

Questions? Please email at catap.quebec.2017@gmail.com


Full refund prior to October 1, 2017. 50% refund prior to October 10, 2017. No refunds after October 10, 2017.

Hotel and Travel Logistics


This year our conference is being held at the beautiful and historic Fairmont Manoir Richelieu. This is a stunning location and property.


181 rue Richelieu, La Malbaie, QC G5A 1X7, CANADA

We have an excellent rate – $189/night (excluding resort fees and taxes) – and would recommend that you book early to ensure you secure a room under our room block. To do so please use this link: 


Book online or contact the hotel directly, quoting "CATAP2017" for the special rate ($189/night): Toll-Free Reservations 1-866-540-4464 .

Travel Logistics

We are currently working on travel arrangements, check back here soon.

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