Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008
Time: 12-1:30 pm CST (bring your lunch)
Location: Business Services Conference Room, in the basement of Clements Hall
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

Threatening behavior on campus

This new online seminar shows you how to:

  • Recognize it
  • Assess it
  • Respond to it

In the wake of recent tragic events, colleges and universities have taken a hard look at how they respond to violent incidents on campus.
They’re also taking an equally hard look at how to be proactive . . . how to effectively assess threats at an early stage, and prevent incidents from ever happening in the first place.

Threat assessment poses some unique challenges on campus, however. Most of the models come from law enforcement, and they simply aren’t as useful when dealing with students who don’t have extensive behavioral/criminal "track records."

That’s why we’re excited to join with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) to co-sponsor a new online seminar, Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting. For the first time, a model has been developed specifically to assist campus behavioral intervention teams, and we’ll share that model with you in this 90-minute presentation on November 6th.

Led by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., and Dr. John D. Byrnes, the seminar will provide you with the tools you need to:

  • Identify threats.
  • Gauge their severity.
  • Assess the risks.
  • Take steps to protect your campus.

Using a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, the presenters have developed a model you can use with a high degree of confidence to:

  • Distinguish between primal and cognitive aggression.
  • Fully understand the nine measures of aggression.
  • Assess risk on a scale from mild to severe using specific, consistent criteria.
  • Take intervention measures appropriate to the level of risk.

By seminar’s end, you’ll have the knowledge and tools necessary to build an assessment and intervention program that speaks to the unique needs of your campus community.

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