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Catastrophic School Violence

A New Approach to Prevention

Jared M. Scherz and Donna Scherz

This book delves deep into school culture and the school shooter. The authors generate a more comprehensive picture of school violence including the personal, interpersonal, and environmental factors that help to generate a school serial killer.

The authors introduce new type of violence classification system, which includes “retributive violence” as well as a new tool for schools to use in preventing catastrophe. This book provides the foundation for building an Early Warning Violence Prevention and Detection System for schools.

Through a new concept of reverse profiling, the authors widen the perspective on the multiple causes of school violence, moving away from a static trait cluster or profile perspective. Increased attention to the processes, patterns, cycles, and other decompensation trends is the key to identifying schools which are vulnerable to violence and potential perpetrators. Awareness can be the best tool in prevention.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 174Size: 6 3/8 x 9 3/8
978-1-61048-985-0 • Hardback • July 2014 • $63.00 • (£42.95)
978-1-61048-986-7 • Paperback • July 2014 • $32.00 • (£22.95)
978-1-61048-987-4 • eBook • July 2014 • $30.00 • (£19.95)
Dr. Jared M. Scherz is a clinical psychologist, educational consultant, author and founder of TeacherCoach.com and ufeud.com. Dr. Scherz aspires to improve the health of all schools worldwide.

Dr. Donna Scherz is a forensic psychologist, working with the attorney general in New Jersey for many years to assess violent offenders. Donna Scherz is the co-founder of the Integrated Therapy Center in New Jersey.

Section One: Understanding Violence
Chapter I: Defining the Problem
Chapter II: Violence Re-defined

Section Two: The Perpetrator
Chapter III: Defining the School Shooter
Chapter IV: The Psychosocial ‘Profile’
Chapter V: A Shooter’s Decline
Chapter VI: Communication across the Hallway

Section Three: School Culture and Violence
Chapter VII: School Culture & Organizational Health
Chapter VIII: Dimensions of Culture
Chapter IX: The Retributionist’s Perception of School Culture

Section Four: A New Paradigm
Chapter X: Whole School Transformation
Chapter XI: Constructive Differencing
Chapter XII: The Roots of Profiling
Chapter XIII: Reverse Profiling
Chapter XIV: Conclusions and Summary
This thoughtful book explores the complexity of violence and articulates a comprehensive approach to prevention. With a keen understanding of the intricacies of human behavior and organizational dynamics in schools, this is a valuable resource for educators.
Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D., director, Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, and associate professor, Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

This book offers insightful perspectives on a better understanding of the nature of youth violence, and it gives educators, parents, and community leaders a set of useful strategies that support the safety and success of all children.
Ron Stephens, Ph.D., executive director, National School Safety Center

This book provides not only theory but a way for leaders to reflect on the processes and practices that need to be in place in their schools to create a proactive and coherent approach to school violence prevention.
Pat Wright, executive director, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association