With increasing frequency, school psychologists are asked to assist in assessing threats of violence in schools. Many report not feeling trained or equipped for this work. However, school psychologists have multidisciplinary training that make them uniquely poised to be members of threat assessment teams and implement supports for students who have made a threat. Consistent with social justice initiatives, restorative practices, and trauma informed education, school teams are tasked with providing more help to students rather than implementing punitive actions. By conducting comprehensive threat assessments, school psychologists can help both protect possible victims and identify circumstances that resulted in a threat in order to mitigate the possibility of violence. Following this interactive workshop, participants will know how to utilize a team approach, use best practice models to conduct threat assessments, document procedures, link students to interventions, and take these procedures to their districts to systematize threat assessment protocols.
CASP Members: $70.00
Strand: F, Topic: 15,16, Level: II
Domain, 1, 4, 6, 10
Libby Barnish, Ed.S, LEP, is a school psychologist for Green Dot Public Schools. She has been a school psychologist for nine years and additionally supports Green Dot with school safety, crisis, and preparedness. As a Crisis Response Team member and PREPaRE trainer, she provides crisis support and training for school staff and consults with other districts to help establish their crisis protocols.
Cynthia Olaya, MA, EdS. is a student support school psychologist for Huntington Beach Union High School District. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University and a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach. Her professional interests include effective school-based mental health interventions, school-based crisis preparedness and response and supporting sexual minority youth in schools.