WCU to offer series on Workplace Violence Prevention

Lee Ann Hoff

Lee Ann Hoff

Western Carolina University will present a series of sessions on “Workplace Violence and Abuse: Prevention, Intervention and Follow-up” on Dec. 4 and 5 in Enka, Hendersonville and on the Cullowhee campus.

Session dates and locations are:

  • Monday, Dec. 4, in Room 143 of the Camp Building on the WCU campus from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 4, at the Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. in Hendersonville from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the conference room in WCU’s nursing department at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College campus in Enka from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will discuss the prevalence and impact of workplace violence and abuse, explore the psychosociocultural dynamics of workplace violence and examine the interrelationship between violence, victimization and suicide risk.

Participants also will develop criteria and strategies for assessing risk of assault or homicide, identify self-protection and crisis intervention strategies in high risk situations, and develop personal, team and management action plans for self-protection and prevention of violence and abuse in the workplace.

Lee Ann Hoff, a nurse-anthropologist and mental health professional with extensive clinical, management, teaching, research and consulting experience will present the programs.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hoff bring her experience and expertise to the region,” said Susan Fouts, director of continuing Education at WCU. “Her visit will help nurses, healthcare managers, and other professionals decrease the risk of violence in the region’s workplaces.”

Hoff is founder of the Life Crisis Institute in Boston and co-author of the award-winning book “People in Crisis; Creating Excellence in Crisis Care.” She also is the author of “Battered Women as Survivors, Violence Issues: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Guide for Health Professionals” and numerous other publications.

Hoff has a master’s degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in social science from Boston University.

There is no cost for the presentations, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Fouts at (800) 928-4968 or via e-mail at sfouts@email.wcu.edu.