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SAFETY TRAININGS

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D-Prep Safety courses are designed to prepare your institution for emergency situations, from natural disasters to criminal events.

For more information or to schedule any of these courses, please contact bethany@dprep.com. Click "More" below for details on each of the courses.

A Team Approach to Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Threat

  • Master common terminology and concepts in threat assessment

  • Explore the multi-disciplinary approach to threat assessment and mitigation

  • Learn to develop threat mitigations plans through a community approach

A Team Approach to Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Threat

 

Law enforcement professionals, in collaboration with community partners such as school counselors and administrators, are tasked with the job of keeping our schools, colleges, and workplaces free of violence and acts of targeted aggression, commonly known as mass shootings. This course offers a practical approach in the recognition and prevention of violence in schools, colleges, workplaces, and communities. This course is designed to provide the terminology, assessment, and intervention skills needed to identify a threat and develop a community-based collaborative mitigation plan.

 

Designed for law enforcement professionals, but inclusive of all community partners, participants will learn how to develop a violence risk mitigation plan tied to a multi-disciplinary team assessment. They will review concepts related to targeted vs. affective violence, transient and substantive threats, risk and protective/anchor factors for targeted violence, and how BIT/CARE and threat teams operate in law enforcement agencies, schools, colleges workplaces and communities.

 

D-Prep Safety brings together a team of diverse experienced faculty to tackle this course from the perspectives of counseling, law enforcement, conduct, DEI, Title IX, and human resources. We provide an intersectional perspective that draws from the best research and practice in each of these fields. The multi-disciplinary approach to threat assessment is a best practice supported by the leading governmental organizations and subject matter experts in the field.

Module One: Overview of Threat/Risk Assessment Comments

  • Defining threat, risk, and psychological assessments

  • Defining affective vs. targeted/mission-oriented violence

  • Examples of transient and substantive threats

  • Threat assessment process/team related to BIT/CARE model

  • Triage systems (Pathways) and VRA (DarkFox)

Module Two: Understanding the Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach

  • Team function: gathering information, assessment, and interventions

  • Mission, scope, and membership

  • Bias mitigation through an objective risk rubric

  • Policy and procedures

  • Record keeping and documentation (FERPA, HIPAA and confidentiality laws)

  • Team process: meeting flow and the C.A.S.E. model

Module Three: Overview of Risk and Protective Factors

  • Balancing the assessment of risk and protective factors

  • Understanding the role of culture and neurodivergence in risk/protective factors

  • Exploration of risk factors (including incel & white supremacist violence)

  • Exploration of protective/anchor factors

Module Four: Triage & Violence Risk Assessments

  • Defining triage assessments for each case on the team

  • Three cases explored as examples of triage assessment

  • Walking through of scoring cases on Pathways and developing intervention plans

  • Mitigation of bias using an expert system/checklist

  • Defining VRA threshold and demonstration of DarkFox through a case

  • Threat report example using the process of data gathering, anchor factor identification, risk factor identification, rubric application, summary of violence risk, and interventions (DARTS-I)

Module Five: Developing a Community Based Mitigation Plan

  • Understanding case management and threat management planning

  • Partners: counseling, schools, social supports, community, and religious supports

  • Building a community referral network: needs assessment, resource accessibility, cultural competent services, follow up and continuous improvement

  • Documentation

We created this course with an awareness of the budgetary needs of law enforcement, schools, colleges, and workplaces. While there is a temptation to increase billing through expanding course concepts into multiple days, our goal is to deliver the information efficiently and with fidelity.

 

Cost for Virtual Program

The course is taught in five 90-minute virtual classes scheduled at a convenient time for the law enforcement agency, school, college/university, housing authority or workplace. The cost is $285 per person.

 

Cost for In-Person

The course is taught in-person in an eight-hour format. The cost is $285 per person.

In addition to the course instruction, participants will receive a unique website to access resources including:

 

  • For virtual trainings, recordings* of each of the online classes to allow for content review and introducing concepts to new members (based on group purchases)

  • 12-month access to the Pathways and Darkfox threat assessment systems

  • Supplemental documents, materials, and handouts including:

    • Law Enforcement Assessment & Intervention checklist

    • Beyond the Red Flags article on preventing school shootings

    • Back to School Safety Planning checklist

    • Accessible Intervention Checklist

    • Uvalde Case Data, Pathways & DarkFox scoring and threat report

    • CARE/BIT & Threat team audit document (25 core areas)

    • C.A.S.E. (Context, Assess, Stabilize, Evaluate) process document

    • Overview of Social Media Basics

    • Interviewing supplemental resources on rapport building, contextual questions, advanced concepts (deception detection) and room safety

    • Tabletop exercises and case studies

    • Supplemental guide on addressing disruptive and dangerous behavior

 

*Recordings are available for one year after the live program. Extended access to the recordings is offered at rate of 20% of the original live program price.

Protecting the Flock: Safety and Security for Communities of Faith

  • Understand the physical and behavioral vulnerabilities within your faith community

  • Develop a safety and security plan to be prepared and reduce legal risk

  • Learn practice skills in behavioral assessment and crisis de-escalation for your team

Protecting the Flock: Safety and Security for Communities of Faith

Join Retired ATF Senior Special Agent Nina Delgadillo and behavioral threat expert Dr. Brian Van Brunt as they share with you a layered security approach to keeping congregants safe. Houses of worship present a target to those planning violence against certain ideologies and communities and we have a duty to prepare to respond to these dangers. Our seasoned presenters will share with you the importance of developing a safety and security plan that includes both an assessment of physical security measures (cameras, fences, bollards, doors, refuge points) and behavioral threat assessment concepts (risk factors for targeted violence, behavioral indicators for violence potential).

 

The training is useful for greeters, ushers, leadership team members, volunteers, members of your safety and security team, and any community members with past medical, law enforcement or psychological training. Drawing from core concepts in law enforcement, psychology and threat assessment, this training offers a wide range of content useful for new and seasoned teams alike. From crisis de-escalation skills to developing policy and procedures to responding in the event of an active threat, this program will offer clear, well-researched and practical advice proven to reduce the risk of violence and save lives.

 

This one-day course spends the two morning sessions introducing and reviewing key concepts related to emergency preparedness planning and the importance of adopting a prevention, intervention, post-vention approach. Core concepts in physical security as well as behavioral assessment of threat indicators will be discussed. In the afternoon sessions, our team will share three programs developed by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency offered in a “train-the-trainer” capacity, leaving the group with the ability to teach core concepts related to the Power of Hello, Crisis De-escalation, and Behavioral Threat Indicators. The course will end with a review of important response training related to an active shooter.

Module One: Introduction and Preventions, Intervention and Post-Vention

  • Presenter’s introduction and course outline

  • Case examples from past attacks and disruptive behaviors

  • Understanding a vertical emergency management approach

  • Developing a preparedness mindset (growth vs. fixed)

  • Prevention

    • The role of behavioral risk/threat assessment

    • Defining and developing an emergency operation plan (EOP) and COOP

    • ICS/NIMS and FEMA courses

    • Situational awareness and all-hazard preparedness

  • Intervention

    • Crisis de-escalation and hostage negotiation

    • Active shooter/violent intruder response

    • First aid, CPR & Stop the Bleed

  • Post-venation

    • Crisis media communications

    • Critical incident stress management

    • Core principals of an after-action report (AAR)

  

Module Two: Behavioral Threat and Physical Security

  • Core Concepts in Behavioral Threat Analysis

    • Affective and targeted violence

    • Transient and substantive threat

    • Behavioral threat indicators

  • Physical Security and Threat Violence Risk Assessments (TVRA)

    • Hardening the target

    • Physical TVRA core principles

    • TVRA checklist

    • Practical exercise: walk through of the facility

 

Module Three: Train-the-Trainer

  • Behavioral Threat Indicators

  • The Power of Hello

  • Crisis De-escalation

 

Module Four: Active Shooter/Violent Intruder (90 min)

  • Understand the pathway to violence and what you can do to disrupt it

  • Your response during an active threat

  • What you can expect to happen when law enforcement responds

  • Create a plan, practice the plan and execute the plan

  • Be Informed, Be Empowered, Be Prepared, Be Ready!

We created this course with an awareness of the budgetary needs of houses of worship. While there is a temptation to increase billing through expanding course concepts into multiple days, our goal is to deliver the information efficiently and with fidelity.

 

We offer two options for pricing for virtual or in-person trainings.

 

Flat Fee Pricing

Cost for Virtual Program

The course is taught in five 90-minute virtual classes scheduled at a convenient time faith community. The cost is course is $6500.

 

Cost for In-Person

The course is taught in-person in an eight-hour format. The cost of this course is $8500, inclusive of travel for two presenters.

 

Per Person Cost*

Cost for Virtual Program

The course is taught in five 90-minute virtual classes scheduled at a convenient time for the group. The cost is $285 per person.

 

Cost for In-Person

The course is taught in-person in an eight-hour format. The cost is $285 per person.

* The per person cost is available when the presenters are traveling near the community and/or with a potential minimum. This option also works well when there are additional community members that may like to attend to off-set the total cost.

We host a unique website for the training class that contains all the materials below.

  • For virtual trainings, recordings of each of the online classes to allow for content review and introducing concepts to new members (based on group purchases)

  • Supplemental documents, materials, and handouts including:

    • TVRA Checklist

    • Beyond the Red Flags article on preventing school shootings

    • Back to School Safety Planning

    • Tabletop exercises and case studies

    • Supplemental guide on addressing disruptive and dangerous behavior

  • Train-the-trainer

    • Supplemental materials and slide deck on the Power of Hello

    • Supplemental materials and slide deck for Crisis De-escalation

    • Supplemental materials and slide deck for Behavioral Threat Indicators

Interventions

Ensure interventions are tied to the risk level, culturally informed, and well documented

Perfect the skills needed to build rapport, gather information and establish an approach to change

Understand that working with specialized groups requires awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and competency

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Demonstrated risk mitigation through live team discussion on a wide variety of practical case examples

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Nina Delgadillo

Nina Delgadillo

Director of Safety, D-Prep

ndelgadillo@dprep.com

Nina Delgadillo is a retired Senior Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, having 25 years of distinguished service. Nina was an instructor for ATF at the National Academy where she instructed courses on explosives investigation, undercover investigation, interviewing, and train the trainer. Nina conducted complex firearms, narcotics, explosive, arson, domestic/ international terrorism investigations, and undercover investigations. Her significant career investigations include the Unabomber investigation, the Williams Brothers investigation, and domestic and international terrorism cases following 9/11. Nina’s investigative work has been featured on national and syndicated shows. Nina has vast experience in crisis media management with regional and National media, and has trained and provided guidance on how to effectively engage with the media and the community. 

Dave Denino

David Denino, LPC, NCC

American Red Cross

david@daviddenino.com

David worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is director emeritus of counseling services at Southern Connecticut State University. David is a master trainer of Question Persuade Refer (QPR) and was the key person in bringing the QPR model to the state university system in Connecticut. A certified clinical trauma professional, David is also a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as provided mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings.

Tammy Hodo, PhD

Tammy has been working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field for most of her professional career. Being biracial and reared in the Midwest, Tammy learned early on that race, although a social construct, impacts life chances and experiences. She has the lived experience of being both European American and African American. Coming from a middle-class family and being reared in a predominantly white space provided her opportunities she would later learn were not available to everyone that presented/looked like her. She has written peer-review articles about the experiences of minorities in academia.

Lisa Pescara-Kovach

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

University of Toledo

lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach is a professor of educational psychology at The University of Toledo where she also serves as the Director of the Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide and Chair of the Mass Violence Collaborative. Lisa has her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Experimental Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology. In addition to her work at the university, she serves on the advisory board for the International Alliance for CARE and Threat Teams (InterACTT) as well as the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). Dr. Pescara-Kovach’s international and national level peer-reviewed and invited presentations include, but are not limited to, the topics of suicides and homicides related to bullying victimization, behavioral threat assessment, and school, campus, and workplace shootings. 

Chris Taylor, PhD

Chris Taylor, PhD

Wright State University

chris@interactt.org

Chris, a 30-year veteran of higher education, serves as the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he has responsibility for counseling and wellness, student advocacy, student union and programs, recreational sports, residence life, and student conduct. He also chairs the university CARE and threat team. He has served on the leadership team for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and has been a member of NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, and the American Men's Studies Association. He is a trained Title IX adjudicator and has also worked with D Stafford and Associates as a national Clery Act consultant. Chris serves as the executive director 

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Director of Behavior & Threat Management, D-Prep

brian@dprep.com

As an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment and mental illness, and instructional design, Brian (he/him/his) will bring you the information you need to better protect your school environment from harm. Author of over a dozen books, Brian has spent time as child and family therapist, university professor and a partner at a violence and sexual assault prevention law firm. He currently serves as the creative director at D-Prep and the lead consultant and content expert for Looking Glass Consulting and Design and InterACTT.

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Charles Husted

Yavapai College

charlesrhusted@gmail.com

Charles Husted is a retired Chief of Police from the Sedona Police Department. Prior to serving in the City of Sedona, Charles retired as a Captain from the Sacramento Police Department after serving in his hometown for 31-years. After retiring from public service, Charles was brought on as an Adjunct Administration of Justice Professor at Yavapai College. During his time at the Sacramento Police Department, he developed an expertise in training and facilitating groups on a number of significant public safety topics, to include; Procedural Justice & Police Legitimacy, Implicit Bias Awareness, Diversity & Racial Profiling, Police K-9 Program Management, Kouzes & Posner’s “The Leadership Challenge”, and COPS Office Safe Schools. The foundation of Charles’ thirty-four-year public safety career consisted of a focus on community policing, collaborative problem solving, building strong partnerships, growing as a leader, and serving others.

Amy Murphy, PhD

Amy Murphy, PhD

Angelo State University

amy@interactt.org

Amy serves as an associate professor of student development and higher education leadership at Angelo State University. She is also the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education as well as the graduate certificate in academic advising, both fully online programs. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She is formerly the dean of students and managing director of the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University. Her experiences include chair of the school’s behavioral intervention team, oversight of prevention and response activities for gender-based violence and discrimination as the deputy Title IX coordinator for students, as well as administrative involvement in student conduct, disability services, counseling, and enrollment management.

Robert Scholz

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

The Change Place

robert@roberttherapy.com

Robert Scholz, MA, is a licensed psychotherapist in California and Arizona, as well as a consultant and trainer throughout the United States. He has served in many clinical and leadership roles over the past 25 years, working in university, community mental health, forensic and private practice settings. Robert is well-known for his work as a trainer and consultant in assisting schools/universities and communities respond to major crisis events like wildfires, mass shootings, deaths of students/employees and responding to sexual and other types of interpersonal violence. He serves as the clinical supervisor for the Route 91 So Cal Heals project, which provides case management, peer support and support group care for survivors and family members impacted by the Las Vegas and Borderline Nightclub mass shootings.

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Jacques Whitfield, JD

CPS HR Consulting

jwhitfield@cpshr.us

Jacques Whitfield is a seasoned human resources executive with over 20 years of experience in human resources management. Whitfield recently completed a six year tenure as the chief human resources officer for the Yuba Community College District. Whitfield was responsible for the management and oversight of the human resources operations for the district and is credited with revitalizing and streamlining the human resource operations for the Yuba Community College District. Whitfield is a subject matter expert in performance management, employee engagement and state and federal EEO compliance matters. He is highly accomplished in successfully working with others to develop professional skills and improve employee effectiveness through training and development. Whitfield is a frequent speaker, trainer and presenter.

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