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Threat and Active Shooter Workshop

February 24, 2023 | Sarasota, FL

This highly focused and interactive workshop is an in-depth, hands on, certificate course will address and provide insight into critical safety issues facing K12 schools, colleges, and universities. Topics include behavioral intervention, threat assessment, and active assailant response.

This workshop is designed for K12 and college/university staff and faculty.

  • Classified and certificated school/district staff, principals, and superintendents

  • College faculty, staff, and administrators

  • School resource officers and campus safety

  • BIT/CARE team members

Join us in beautiful Sarasota, Florida!

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7:30 – 8:00 | Registration

8:00 – 12:00 | Threat Assessment and the Importance of Multidisciplinary Teams

This certificate course will help educators, administrators, and campus safety officials to better understand what to look for prior to an active assailant attack and how to improve and strengthen their actions to better protect themselves and their community. This session will focus on a collaborate team approach to understanding the risk and protective factors related to targeted violence and better assess threats on social media and written assignments along with what to look for in conversations and behavioral changes. This will include an interactive discussion of transient and substantive threats and developing an increased understanding the links between school shootings and suicidality, hopelessness, bullying, teasing, and isolation. During this course, attendees will receive instruction and guidance to improve their existing team by developing a clear process, documentation, analysis and threat mitigation plan related to presenting risk. Attendees will learn the importance of coordination of care and services with law enforcement, local community mental health providers, and parents.

12:00 – 1:00 | Lunch provided onsite

1:00 – 5:00 | MERIT Active Assailant Training

MERIT Active Assailant Training is a 4-hour certificate course specifically designed to train administrators, faculty, and staff how to respond to an active assailant in the campus environment. Being prepared to deal with the quickly changing environment and the random selection of victims requires a thorough knowledge of past situations, a plan to rapidly identify the problem, and an action plan to minimize the situation’s outcome. MERIT focuses on two critical time periods for active shooter preparedness by raising awareness of pre-incident indicators and by identifying typical characteristics of active shooters. Attendees are presented case studies, training videos, and a hands on presentation to build a strong knowledge base and introduce a set of practical skills to better address the active assailant scenario. Attendees leave the workshop with a thorough understanding of the active assailant issues.

Threat Assessment and the Importance of  Multidisciplinary Teams

8:00AM – 9:30AM

How to Tame the Beast

  1. Threat examples & interactive cases: transient vs. substantive [watch Dr. Van Brunt discuss a case study]

  2. Modes of violence: affective and targeted/predatory

  3. But we have a process! Learn how to make your process better

  4. A team approach to assessing risk [download our BIT/CARE team development checklist]


Moving Beyond the Red Flags

  1. Risk factors for violence

  2. Protective/anchor factors

  3. Assessing social media threat [download Brian's article on social media threats]

  4. Importance of threat management beyond threat assessment

  5. Building accessible and applicable interventions [download our referral checklist]

10:00AM – 12:00PM

Pathways Triage Assessment

  1. Importance of triage models

  2. Pathways triage assessment

  3. Case examples


Suicide & Mass Shootings

  1. Pathways Suicide WayFinder

  2. Case example

  3. Building a risk mitigation plan

  4. Introduction to DarkFox threat assessment


Trends in the Research

  1. Incels: what they believe and how to help [learn more]

  2. Rise of white supremacist violence [learn more]

MERIT Active Assailant Training

1:00PM – 3:00PM


Introduction to MERIT

  1. Common K-12 emergency terminology

  2. Coded alerts

  3. Case studies

  4. Safer corners





  1. Move

  2. Evacuate/escape

  3. Respond

  4. Inform

  5. Treat – stop the bleed



Situational Awareness


  1. Distracters

  2. Primary exits

  3. Secondary exits

  4. Cover/concealment

  5. Establishing rally points

3:00PM – 4:00PM



  1. Do we ever open doors in a lockdown?

  2. Playing dead

  3. Fire alarm response during a lockdown


Personnel Disaster Response

  1. Denial, deliberation, decisive moment

  2. Groupthink/social proof

  3. Your body’s response under stress

4:00PM – 5:00PM


Fighting Back as a Last Resort

  1. This is your dirt

  2. Using your environment: improvised classroom weapons

  3. Distraction vs. fighting 


Key Lessons Learned

  1. The issuing of keys

  2. Campus/classroom signage

  3. Lockdown tools: helpful or not?

  4. Preparing for injuries and fatalities

  5. Victim services

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Jeff Solomon

Jeff Solomon

National Director of Safety

Jeff is the National Director of Safety Division for DPrep. He recently left his position as Deputy Director of Operations at Secure Community Network, which he joined after retiring from his almost thirty-year career in law enforcement. During his time in law enforcement, he served in many roles, including Chief of Police for the California State University Police Department, Interim Chief of Police for a central valley California city, and Deputy Sheriff in Placer County.

Brian Van Brunt

Dr. Brian Van Brunt

Creative Director

As an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment, 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 president of InterACTT.

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151 McIntosh Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Sponsored by Pikmykid

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MERIT Active Assailant Training

This training was very informative and it was clear that Brian and Jeff knew what they were talking about. At the end of the training, I came away with a lot of information that could help with maintaining and improving school safety.

Threat Assessment Training

As a staff member in the K-12 education system, we need to educate ourselves about what students are doing and what they're exposed to so that we can come to an understanding rather than reaction.

MERIT Active Assailant Training

I liked the interplay between the teaching, and videos (visual examples). I also liked the pairing of the presenters - a psychologist and retired police officer

Threat Assessment Training

Identified hallmarks we should be looking at a bit more to pull the puzzle together. Thank you for a great presentation and for taking the time to share this information with us in such an engaging way

MERIT Active Assailant Training

This is the best training I have ever taken. They really got my full attention. These are the kind of speakers that listeners would love to see & hear. Thanks to both of them.

Threat Assessment Training

Really enjoyed the way the material was presented with visuals but also conversational. I learned the importance of creating a threat assessment team and engaging individuals when the red flags are showing

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