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The Necessary Components ofStudent Behavioral ThreatAssessment ProceduresBy Dr. Sandra Ellis
The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresSchool safety requires a proactive approach toca...
The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresBehavioral experts now recognize that there are ...
The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresThe multi-disciplinary core team embodies a cohe...
The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresAlthough all faculty, staff, and students areult...
The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresRecognizing that students of concern can be loca...
About the AuthorRecognizing that students of concern can be located in one orseveral school buildings, information and com...
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The necessary components of student behavioral threat assessment procedures by dr. sandra ellis

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School safety requires a proactive approach to campus emergency management when planning for, responding to, and recovering from an act of school violence. One of the latest strategies considered best practices in prevention, intervention, and case management involves the formation of a Student Behavioral Threat Assessment Team. Such teams must be afforded the authority to make decisions, provided functional operational guidelines, and adopt a research-based threat assessment model to work from.

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The necessary components of student behavioral threat assessment procedures by dr. sandra ellis

  1. 1. The Necessary Components ofStudent Behavioral ThreatAssessment ProceduresBy Dr. Sandra Ellis
  2. 2. The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresSchool safety requires a proactive approach tocampus emergency management when planning for,responding to, and recovering from an act of schoolviolence. One of the latest strategies considered bestpractices in prevention, intervention, and casemanagement involves the formation of a StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment Team. Such teamsmust be afforded the authority to make decisions,provided functional operational guidelines, andadopt a research-based threat assessment model towork from.
  3. 3. The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresBehavioral experts now recognize that there are commonprocedural components for effective threat assessment regardless ofthe threat assessment model adopted by the team. First andforemost, sound policy and administrative procedures must bedeveloped to support, guide, protect, and embed the StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment Team into the daily operationalprocedures of the schoolhouse. Consistency in operationalprocedures and application of policy by all members of the threatassessment team are essential when responding to real or perceivedthreats of violence. Such policy and procedures will not only addressmembership and general operating parameters, but also specifydecision-making authority, investigatory power, ability to conduct aformal threat assessment, and memorandums ofunderstanding/agreement (MOU/MOA) delineating resourcefunctions from integrated community-based systems.
  4. 4. The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresThe multi-disciplinary core team embodies a cohesiveunit of professionals typically representing schooladministration, faculty, and support services personnelspecializing in the fields of psychology, counseling, socialwork, and nursing. Auxiliary team member personneloften include a school resource/juvenile officer,community mental health professional, and school legalcounsel. Once the core team membership has beenformally established, recognition of training,information sharing, and confidentiality must beaddressed. A multi-disciplinary team naturally broadensthe scope by enhancing the efficiency and effectivenessof threat assessment while reducing the risk of myopicviewpoints.
  5. 5. The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresAlthough all faculty, staff, and students areultimately involved and responsible for schoolviolence prevention, it is the Student BehavioralThreat Assessment Team that will formally guidethe investigation, intervention, and casemanagement process regarding the student(s) ofconcern. The need for confidentiality is paramount.Activities and deliberations of these teams should beshared with only those individuals who are deemednecessary in supporting the student behavioralthreat assessment process.
  6. 6. The Necessary Components of StudentBehavioral Threat Assessment ProceduresRecognizing that students of concern can be located in one orseveral school buildings, information and communicationflow should be both intra-organizational and inter-organizational. Threats of violence or observed aberrantbehavior must be examined to determine if the subject ofconcern poses a threat. By acting proactively, educators willalways honor the threat of violence by taking it seriously andprocessing the information objectively. Current research andbest practice understands and yields to the nonexistent profileof any individual school violence perpetrator. Yet, there arespecific factors and student behavioral characteristics that canassist in the identification of youth at risk of violence. TheFBI’s four-pronged assessment serves as an excellentreference guide.
  7. 7. About the AuthorRecognizing that students of concern can be located in one orseveral school buildings, information and communicationflow should be both intra-organizational and inter-organizational. Threats of violence or observed aberrantbehavior must be examined to determine if the subject ofconcern poses a threat. By acting proactively, educators willalways honor the threat of violence by taking it seriously andprocessing the information objectively. Current research andbest practice understands and yields to the nonexistent profileof any individual school violence perpetrator. Yet, there arespecific factors and student behavioral characteristics that canassist in the identification of youth at risk of violence. TheFBI’s four-pronged assessment serves as an excellentreference guide.

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