The Assessment and Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools and Universities

Sheila Self
Northeastern State University
Student Affairs Assistant Vice President

This CEU Training Workshop will define targeted violence and provide tools for the assessment of violence in the school and university settings. The Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word and NaBITA Threat Assessment tool will be discussed in order to create a common language, build confidence in knowing what signs to look for, and to strengthen assessment skills pertaining to the topic. Additionally, a sociological perspective on school shootings may be presented (time permitting), and intervention options, treatment recommendations, and suggestions for the use of releases and informed consent will be shared.

This training will benefit both clinical and non-clinical staff working with students and clients enrolled in schools and universities, as well as school/university administrators, and BIT/CARE Teams. The role of counselors within the context of school-based intervention efforts will also be discussed, including the impacts substance abuse has on establishing a client’s baseline and trajectory and the pros and cons of school suspensions. Clinicians will gain an understanding of what to do when asked questions such as: Is this student a harm to others? Is this student safe to return to school?

Participants will leave this CEU training workshop with a basic understanding of threat assessment and intervention language, tools, and practice. Finally, participants will be able to discuss acts of violence from a sociological perspective, including considering the environments and cultures that may increase the potential for violence.



  • Attendees will learn to define Targeted Violence, The Pathway to Violence, and School Shooter Typology.
  • Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the application of theory and assessment tools such as the Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word and the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association Threat Assessment Tool.
  • Attendees will also gain skills in talking to clients about violent fantasies, in planning interventions, and in using informed consents and releases of information appropriately.


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