Introduction to Threat Assessment
We will define the scope of the problem, and the importance of our role in protecting the community. We will define the different types of violence and observe the importance of gathering data, analyzing this data and building interventions that are culturally competent and developmentally appropriate.
We will go over how to determine if we feel threatened or are actually being threatened. We will learn about the types of threats and discuss the role of social media in threats and our threat assessment process.
The Pathway to Violence
We will explore the pathway to violence and how it will help you detect vulnerable people. We will provide a brief background on how guns, mental health and violent video games can be wrongly attributed to school violence and look at how risk factors play a role in targeted violence.
Evaluating Threat Behaviors
We will discuss the use of a balanced approach to behavior assessment. We will define and provide examples of support and connection factors and talk about the importance of awareness and prompt reporting.
Putting Threat Assessment into Practice
Core Concepts and Process
We will provide you with the framework for developing a team, and the common pitfalls to avoid that reduce a team’s effectiveness in preventing and responding to potential violence.
Interview Skills and Data Gathering
We will discuss the threat assessment process, the importance of contextual data gathering, mitigating impression management and ensuring interviews are culturally competent.
We will provide you a detailed approach to violence risk management as applied to a variety of case examples in a real-world environment.