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K-12 Threat Assessment: Standards and Best Practices for Behavioral Intervention Teams

This course is ideal for both new teams and teams looking to formalize and improve their operation. Through open and interactive discussion, the presenters will engage participants in a discussion on the standards and strategies for deploying best practices for their team.

Topics Covered Include

- History and philosophy of BITs

- Defining BITs – Three phases of a BIT: gathering information, assessment, intervention 

- Prevention vs. Threat Assessment

- FERPA and the BIT

- Team name and establishing the team

- Team leadership, membership and meeting frequency

- Role of the counselor on the BIT

- Team mission and scope 

- Team policy and procedural manual

- Developing a budget for the team

- Overview of objective risk rubric usage

- Overview of violence risk factors

- Data related to gun violence

- Understanding threat

- Case study application of assessing threat

- Defining core qualities of a threat assessment

- Differentiating threat assessment from psychological assessment

- When to conduct the assessment and who is best suited to do it

- Utilizing a range of interventions to respond to case by risk level 

- Discussion of ADA and the direct threat test

- Defining case management and who it serves

- Case management as an intervention and support technique

- Nurturing the referral source and utilizing anonymous reporting

- Record-keeping

- Team Training

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