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Assessing Student Threats

A Handbook for Implementing the Salem-Keizer System

John Vandreal - Contributions by Ray Byrd; Seth Elliott; Darling Mendoza; Dave Okada; Allan Rainwater; Shelley Spady; Martin Speckmaier; Rod Swinehart and John Van Dreal

Assessing Student Threats: A Handbook for Implementing the Salem-Keizer System is a manual for the implementation of a threat assessment system that follows the recommendations of the Safe Schools Initiative and the prescriptive outline provided by the FBI. Written from an educator's perspective with contributing authors from law enforcement, public mental health and the district attorney's office, this book contains an introduction to the basic concepts of threat assessment, a review of the research, and an outlined process for the application of a comprehensive yet expeditious multi-disciplinary system. The book also includes the protocols needed to assess threats, document concerns and interventions, and track the progress of supervision. As extra features, there are chapters on site security, community safety, adult threat assessment, and an adaptation of the system for higher education. « less more »
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Pages: 170Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-1-61048-110-6 • Hardback • June 2011 • $53.00 • (£37.95)
978-1-61048-111-3 • Paperback • June 2011 • $26.00 • (£17.95)
978-1-61048-112-0 • eBook • May 2011 • $25.99 • (£17.95)
John Van Dreal is a school psychologist with the Salem-Keizer School District and has over two decades of experience in psycho-educational evaluation, crisis assessment, behavioral intervention and systems consultation.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements
Chapter 2 Disclaimer/Note regarding the title
Part 3 Section One: Overview
Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 5 Chapter 2: History
Chapter 6 Section Two Foundations
Chapter 7 Chapter 3: Supportive Research and Recommendations
Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Basic Concepts
Part 9 Section Three: System, Team Dynamics, and Applications of Student Threat Assessment
Chapter 10 Chapter 5: Level 1 (Site Based Screening)
Chapter 11 Chapter 6: Level 2 (Community Based Assessment) Overview
Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Level 2 Investigation Team
Chapter 13 Chapter 8: Level 2 Student Threat Assessment Team Operations
Chapter 14 Chapter 9: Organizing a Student Threat Assessment Team
Part 15 Section Four Further Applications
Chapter 16 Chapter 10: Other Behavioral and Safety Issues in the Schools
Chapter 17 Chapter 11: Threat Assessment and Adults: The Adult Threat Advisory Team
Chapter 18 Chapter 12: Threat Assessment Issues and Higher Education
Chapter 19 Chapter 13: Future Concerns
Chapter 20 Conclusion
Chapter 21 Appendix
Chapter 22 Glossary
Chapter 23 References, Additional Readings and Resources
In their analysis of current research and expert recommendations in the area of threat assessment, Van Dreal and his fellow authors have put into the hands of educators a formidable tool. Now, more than ever, the ability to accurately assess threat carries demonstrably monumental consequences of national significance. The organization of this critical information and research provides the means to save the lives of many by identifying and intervening with the troubled few.
Cheri Lovre, Crisis Management Institute

John Van Dreal has long been one of the most critical and innovative thinkers in the assessment and management of threats in an educational setting. Making sense of the complexity involved in managing violently inclined situations at schools is no small task, but Van Dreal and his contributing authors, have done it here. They very effectively identify ways to establish responsibilities, professional roles and accountability.
Capt. Robert J. Martin, president, Gavin de Becker & Associates, Inc.; founder, Los Angeles Police Department's Threat Management Unit