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Threats in Schools: A Practical Guide for Managing Violence

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Joseph T. McCann Psy.D
Date Published
170 pages
This book is intended as a guide for professionals working with children and adolescents in conceptualizing threats, assessing the potential of violence among those students who have made or pose a threat of violence, and managing potentially violent situations in schools.
The primary focus of this book is on practical issues and recommendations for professionals working within elementary and secondary school settings. Offering practical information, techniques, and direction on how to effectively identify, assess, and manage a threatening student, this book focuses on students who make or pose a threat in school settings. It offers guidance on formulating questions to ask and suggestions to develop strategies for managing potentially violent situations. Suggestions are made to integrate threat assessment and risk models to help target potential threats to property, other students, teachers, and school staff. Case studies are used to illustrate points being made or outline how suggestions apply to actual cases. The guide is divided into six chapters: (1) the nature of violence and threat assessment; (2) types of threats and violence; (3) risk assessment of violent behavior; (4) assessing and evaluating threats; (5) managing potentially violent situations; and (6) special threats, such as property, teachers, and other students. It is hoped that the guide will offer direction to those professionals facing the challenging task of dealing with student threats. Appendices include: threat assessment and management planning form; checklist of characteristics of youth who have caused school-associated violent deaths; questions for evaluating general risk for violence; fire setting and bombing risk assessment questions; and sex offense risk assessment questions. References


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