Online Training: Preventing School-Targeted Violence

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Length of Training: 3 hours
Cost of Training and Certificate
of Completion: $60

Purchase price includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Please note: This training is not eligible for CE credits.

The U.S. has witnessed a dramatic increase in premeditated attacks on schools, resulting in immeasurable physical and emotional harm. Consequently, parents, caregivers, teachers, school counselors, therapists, and other stakeholders are grappling with how to prevent such tragedies. Fortunately, 20 years of empirical research show that school attackers do not simply “snap” and that school shootings are preventable.

As mental health professionals, we are uniquely positioned to aid in stopping violence before it happens. The training begins with an introduction to what we know about school-targeted violence. Attendees learn how targeted or planned attacks differ from other violence and about the risk factors and indicators associated with such phenomena. The presentation includes an introduction to behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM), a research-supported approach for identifying and preventing school threats.

Participants learn to assess potential perpetrators for perceived grievance, violent preoccupation, and weapon access. Lastly, attendees learn how, if at all, mental illness plays a role in targeted school violence.  

Training topics include:

  • What parents, caregivers, teachers, school counselors, therapists, and other stakeholders can do to prevent school-targeted violence
  • Risk factors for school-targeted violence
  • The behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM) approach to potential threats

As a result of participating in this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Use a research-supported approach for behavioral threat assessment and management.
2) Explain known risk factors for school-targeted violence.
3) Assess students’ perceived sense of grievance.
4) Critique current myths regarding school-targeted violence.

Three Hours of Training
The training session runs for three hours. The charge is $60. Each registration includes a certificate for completion.

To be eligible for a certificate, you must watch the training, complete a quiz, and submit an evaluation form.

Access to training materials and video will last for 10 days following the payment of the registration fee.

Training registration fees are non-refundable.

Alex Rodrigues, PsyD
Forensic Psychologist, Private Practice
Dr. Rodrigues is a forensic psychologist and operates a private consultation practice where he completes a variety of forensic evaluations, including sex offense-related evaluations, competency to stand trial, insanity, and juvenile transfer assessments. Dr. Rodrigues has been qualified as an expert and testified in various jurisdictions. The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (CSOMB) has recognized Dr. Rodrigues as an approved provider/evaluator for both juvenile and adult populations. Additionally, he is a volunteer participant for CSOMB’s best practice committee, reviewing emerging practices for adoption and implementation. He previously served as a psychologist on a pre-trial unit at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. as well as a member of the hospital’s forensic consultation service, completing both competency to stand trial and risk assessments. Recently, Dr. Rodrigues opened a satellite office in Colorado to complement his practice in the D.C. metropolitan area. Aside from court-related evaluations, Dr. Rodrigues provides consultation to law enforcement, government agencies, and corporations on mental health/violence related issues in the workspace.

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have experienced complex trauma as well as people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level

The presenter does not have published materials related to this training from which they may benefit financially.

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