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Student Threat Assessment Training Winter 2020

February 13, 2020

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All trainings are FREE, however, you MUST register to attend.

Lunch will be provided - please email if you have any dietary restrictions at least 5 business days before the event date.

This workshop is capped at 50 attendees so register early!

Student Threat Assessment Training

Multnomah ESD 

February 13th  (Level 1 - School Administrators, Counselors, School Resource Officers, etc.)


Questions about registering? Email


8:30am - 4:30pm


The Auditorium

11611 NE Ainsworth Cir

Portland, OR 97220


Training dates labeled:

Level 1: For everyone! Level 1 is geared for school site teams (school administrators, counselors, other school staff who support students, school resource officers or law enforcement who support schools) and is the prerequisite for anyone attending Level 2.


*This training does not include Level 2, but some trainings have one day for each. For your reference, here are the people Level 2 is geared for:  

Level 2: is geared for community partners: district leadership, mental health/assessment practitioners, law enforcement, juvenile services, and other personnel from youth-serving agencies.


A Comprehensive System for Threat Assessment & Management in the Schools-Training

We’ll review the importance of providing an education environment where students and teachers feel safe. The two-day training will review the fundamentals of reducing school violence, detail the Salem-Keizer model of threat assessment and management, and highlight the collaborative, multi-agency structure of the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team, located in Salem, Oregon.  Furthermore, the training will review the steps necessary to establish a school district centered, multi-agency structure that provides the protocols necessary to assess and manage threats while supporting students and staff.

This one- or two-day training focuses on building a sustainable, community-based threat assessment system composed of site-based Level 1 teams and a community-based Level 2 team. The Level 1 teams should include school administrators, counselors, and school resource officers. The Level 2 team should include district-level administrators and mental health and assessment practitioners, administrators, and practitioners from community mental health services, representatives from juvenile services and law enforcement, and other community agencies available to support the team.

The training provides the following:

  • A review of the basic concepts of threat assessment
  • A review of youth violence, examining research and best-practices prescriptive recommendations for assessment and management
  • A review of the dynamics and risk factors for reactive aggression, teen dating aggression, and targeted violence within K-12 schools
  • The application of threat assessment concepts and research in a site-based protocol, called Level 1. Instruction on the use of the Level 1 protocol.
  • The application of threat assessment concepts and research in a community-based protocol, called Level 2. Direct instruction on conducting Level 2 assessments.
  • A review of a centralized and community-based Level 2 threat assessment system as support to each school district's Level 1 teams and as a regional resource.
  • A review of local and regional resources and implementation issues within each school district, as well as available youth-serving agency support for a community-based Level 2 team. A brainstorming process to adapt the Level 2 team to those available resources.
  • Case study exercises of application
  • Q&A


This workshop will be facilitated by:

John Van Dreal, Threat Assessment Consultant, retired School Psychologist and the Director of Safety and Risk Management Services for the Salem-Keizer School District
John has 30 years of experience in threat assessment and management, psycho-educational evaluation, crisis intervention, behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation.  In 1999, he began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Model, a multi-agency student threat assessment system considered by experts to be a leading practice. Through that collaboration, he has worked daily with educators, law enforcement, trial court personnel, juvenile justice, and mental health personnel in the assessment and management of youth and adult threats of aggression within the schools, institutions, and the community.