After a violent incident, it is not uncommon to find that people were aware of clues that violence was being planned. This is because most violent incidents often follow an evolutionary process where signs and indicators can be seen. Yet, without a clearly defined process to gather information and assess the situation, violence prevention is extremely difficult. This workshop provides a communication and decision-making model to help businesses, schools, organizations, and communities become more effective in their management of threats. Participants will learn strategies to help them identify, assess, and manage individuals who may be escalating towards violence.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Types of Threats
  • Behaviors of Concern
  • Potential Threateners
  • Typical Stages of Violence
  • Possible Characteristics and the Problem with Profiling
  • Threat Assessment Team and Plan Development
  • The Threat Assessment Process
  • Guiding Principles in Assessment
  • The Initial Assessment Process
  • Detailed Assessment Considerations
  • Case Management and Monitoring
  • Considerations Related to Anonymous Threats

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for managers, school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, human resource professionals, and anyone interested in implementing threat assessment protocols for their organization.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe why threat assessment protocols are needed
  • Illustrate a framework for team and plan development
  • List steps to organize effectively after a threat is received
  • Identify available external resources
  • Apply the principles learned to their own environment