Responding to School Shootings: One District’s Approach to Conducting Dual Risk and Threat Assessments

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Presenters: David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director interviews Teresa Taylor, PhD BCBA-D CCTP, Director of Special Services, Jackson Township Public Schools.

In this episode, learn about the critical importance of conducting both threat assessments and risk assessments for students who are showing signs of either suicidal ideation or homicial ideation. Listeners will learn about research that documents the high likelihood that students who engage in school shootings and other acts of violence are also experiencing mental health issues, including suicidal ideation. Listeners will learn about how one New Jersey school district has put in place protocols to fully examine all of the needs of students who may pose a threat of harm to self or others, and steps to consider to begin putting such protocols in place in your district.