102209: Threat Assessment in Schools

A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and Creating Safe School Climates

About the Course:

This course addresses official U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Secret Service recommendations for managing threatening situations in the school environment and for creating safe school climates. This course thoroughly reviews the recommended process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. This course includes suggestions for developing a threat assessment team within a school district as well as steps to take when a threat or a safety concern occurs. In addition, this course covers information regarding considerations about when to involve law enforcement personnel, issues involved in information sharing, and suggestions for creating safe school climates.


United States Department of Education

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Robert A. Fein, Ph.D.; Bryan Vossekuil; William S. Pollack, Ph.D; Randy Borum, Psy.D.; William Modzeleski; Marisa Reddy, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and who seek knowledge about threat assessment as it pertains to school safety and knowledge about the prevention of and intervention for school violence. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the rationale and foundations for reducing school violence and the key findings of the Safe School Initiative’s study of targeted school violence.

  2. Describe and discuss implementing a school threat assessment process, conducting a school threat assessment, and managing a threatening situation.

  3. Review the action plan for school leaders regarding creating a safe and connected school climate and implementing a Threat Assessment Program.

  4. Describe this article’s conclusions, recommendations, and suggested resources.

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