Challenges of Integrating Adjunct Faculty into Threat Management Processes

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  By Rich Wilson A recent report issued by the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce titled “The Just in Time Professor” outlines the challenges adjunct and other contingent faculty face as colleges and universities increasingly enlist them to pick up more of the teaching load. The report summarizes responses… Read more »

Psychologists are leaders in Threat Assessment Field

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The February edition of  Monitor, an American Psychological Association publication, features an article, “Threat Assessment In Action”. It focuses on the key role Psychologists have played in the development and implementation of best practices for the threat assessment process. This process was used as early as 2001 to thwart a potential school attack. The article provides… Read more »

Can a Threat Assessment Team focus on other areas besides Threats?

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By Will Modzeleski and Jeff Pollard Threat Assessment Teams are developed specifically to identify those individuals who pose a threat (to school, students, or staff).  The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education recommended the development of threat assessment teams in 2002, after completing a study on targeted school shooters.  That study, the Safe… Read more »

School Threat Assessment: A Great Example in Los Angeles Schools

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  by Jeffrey W. Pollard, PhD, ABPP and Marisa R. Randazzo, PhD Since the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many schools, school districts, and legislators across the country are looking at whether school threat assessment programs could help enhance school safety.  As schools, communities, and legislators consider the merits of school threat assessment, we… Read more »

A Critical Look at Mass Shootings in the United States

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By Jeffrey W. Pollard, Phd, ABPP You may have seen the USA Today article released on December 3, 2013. It is an informative piece addressing mass shooting in the United States and includes helpful criticism of the methodology the FBI and local law enforcement has employed collecting these data and how it can be improved.  If… Read more »

Two Threat Assessment Resources

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Here are two  resources that we felt are worth highlighting, for those in the threat assessment field or who work with anyone in threat assessment: The first is an article in the 2011 issue of the URMIA Journal: “Campus Threat Assessment and Management Teams: What Risk Managers Need to Know Now.”  The article covers the emerging standard of care… Read more »

3 Tips for Making Your Threat Assessment Team More Effective

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 In the August 4, 2011 edition of Academic Impressions‘ Higher Ed Impact, Dr. Gene Deisinger outlines three tips for making higher education threat assessment teams more effective, even in the face of budget cuts.  According to the article, the three strategies he recommends are: “Define your team’s mission and purpose clearly. Do more with what you already have… Read more »

5 Pitfalls to Avoid in Threat Assessment

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As a follow up to the first article in Higher Ed Impact on tips to make your threat assessment team more effective, Dr. Gene Deisinger discusses five common pitfalls that can plague higher ed threat assessment teams – and ways to avoid them.  According to this second article in Higher Ed Impact, 5 common pitfalls to avoid are:  … Read more »

Q&A: “What is the Role of a Forensic Psychologist or Psychiatrist in the Threat Assessment Process?”

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by Gene Deisinger, Ph.D. Q: What is the role of a forensic psychologist/psychiatrist — as an independent examiner — in supplementing an effective threat assessment / management process? A: There is some confusion about the role and purpose (and limitations) of a forensic psychologist/psychiatrist as an independent examiner in conducting “Direct Threat” and/or Fitness for Duty evaluations. … Read more »