Threats of violence in schools are a growing problem nationwide. Due in part to the popularity of social media, threats have increased in both frequency and anonymity. As a result of these threats, schools often report losses in resources, as well as decreases in student performance. Threats can spread panic throughout a school community and they can have a profoundly negative effect on the learning environment.
Many schools have their own systems in place for responding to potential threats. But over the years, many procedures have been increasingly criticized for managing threats improperly. Schools can manage threats effectively when they use a systematic process called threat assessment. This allows staff members to implement necessary critical strategies and expertise to respond appropriately to a potential threat. Threat assessment helps schools develop assessment teams, protocols, and simple ways for students and staff members to report threats. It all starts with a little understanding.
The SafeSchools Online Staff Training System now offers a Threat Assessment Course. This course provides an overview of school threat assessment and ways to implement it effectively. Topics covered include the types of threats, threat assessment procedures, and recommended practices by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education. This course is authored by Scott Poland, Ed.D. Dr. Poland is a nationally recognized expert on school bullying, youth violence, suicide intervention, self injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting, and the delivery of psychological services in schools. He is a Co-Director in the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Poland is the former president of the National Association of School Psychologists.
For more information on this course, or SafeSchools training in general, please contact us at 1-800-434-0154, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.SafeSchools.com.