Training Operations

NLC Trainings feature nationally known legal experts and dedicated volunteer attorneys who address current challenges in investigating and successfully prosecuting crimes against children, highlighting the most up-to-date resources available to detect and prevent these crimes.

Dr. Wendy L. Patrick
Chief Instructor

As National Chief Instructor at the NLC, Dr. Patrick demonstrates decades of personal dedication to protecting children. Providing specialized training for attorneys and law enforcement agencies on threat assessment and management, as well as the specific methodology utilized by sexual predators, she helps agencies detect, prevent, and successfully prosecute predators who target children.

As a career prosecutor, Dr. Patrick has spent years prosecuting sexual offenders and child predators, as well as sensitive cases involving threat assessment.  Threat assessment is a significant part of Dr. Patrick´s work with the NLC, and includes research, writing (she has her own column in Psychology Today) and teaching.  She is Sergeant of Arms of the national Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Board of Directors, past president of the ATAP San Diego chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager.

Dr. Patrick has handled a steady stream of criminal threat cases throughout her career and has prosecuted more than 160 trials – including over 100 Jury trials – ranging from child sexual exploitation to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.  She is a past Co-Chair of the California District Attorney´s  Association’s Sexually Violent Predator and Human Trafficking Committee, an Institute of Criminal Investigation certified law enforcement instructor.

Dr. Patrick teaches nationally and internationally on threat assessment, sex trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence, and has appeared on a wide variety of national news outlets (Fox News Channel, CNN, Headline News) as a sexual assault and legal expert.

Dr. Patrick received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and her J.D. from California Western School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in California, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Selection of Dr. Patrick’s recent programs related to protecting Children and Families

Dr. Michael MacIntosh
Deputy Director of Investigations and Training

As a Certified Trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Michael MacIntosh facilitates critical incident stress management (CISM) debriefings for law enforcement agencies across the nation. He has provided training to first responders in the United States and Mexico, and serves as a committee member for POST, the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training.   Dr. MacIntosh has been personally and frequently requested to debrief and assist law enforcement agencies on-scene immediately following some of the nation’s gravest national tragedies, including the World Trade Center attacks, Oklahoma City bombing, the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings, and Newtown elementary school tragedy.

Dr. MacIntosh teaches several NLC PROTECTS Seminar Sessions, including:  Coping Techniques for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors, Impact of Work Exposure to Child Pornography, Crisis Intervention and Peer Support, and Effective Crisis Response. (CEU credits available).