Free Threat Assessment Training in Chicago

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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) are sponsoring a Behavioral Threat Assessment Summit with free day-long threat assessment training in the Chicago area on November 5, 2014. All courses are taught by national experts in threat assessment. Registration is open – click on the links below to register:… Read more »

FBI releases Jared Lee Loughner files

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By Rich Wilson The media framing of the file information may be misleading – research in this area speaks to multiple targets and diffusion during the planning stages. It could well be that there were other attacks/targets/weapons of choice in the mix but this is the one he chose to mount. Especially given the final… Read more »

Round Table on Campus Sexual Assault

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  By Rich Wilson Below is a link to a recent round table discussion on campus sexual assault.  The discussion was held by Sen. Claire McCaskill, who offers interesting insights from her perspective as a former prosecutor.  The round table offered a well-informed discussion of legislation being considered to clarify, define, and help streamline Campus… Read more »

Background Checks are Insufficient Security

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 The Pentagon has released it’s review of the Navy Yard shooting carried out by Aaron Alexis. They identified several opportunities for intervention with Alexis as well as gaps in their overall system. Threat assessment teams or threat management units are the best process for identifying and managing insider threats and other threatening behavior not identified… Read more »

Two Upcoming Conferences – Reintegrating Employees into the Workplace and Emerging Trends in School Safety

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Presenter:     Jeff Nolan and Rich Wilson Date:              April, 10, 2014 Location:       Atlanta, GA Conference:  BLR Safety Summit – Best Practices and OSHA Compliance in 2014 Topic:            Threat Assessment and Reintegrating “Scary” Employees into the Workplace –        … Read more »

SIGMA Managing Partner appointed to Jed Foundation Advisory Board

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SIGMA Managing Partner, Dr. Gene Deisinger, was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation is a leader in supporting and enhancing the emotional health of college students across the country.  Dr. Deisinger has collaborated with the Foundation on several projects including “Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams” (www.hemha.org/campus_teams_guide-1.jpg) For… Read more »

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 »