The primary purpose of this two-day training is to teach school administrators, counsellors, police officers, and other related partners (community mental health, social services, probation, etc.) the multidisciplinary process of determining if a threat maker actually poses a risk to the target or targets they have threatened. Teams also assess students who already have histories of violence and are concerned about further and/or more serious violence potential. Serious violence is an evolutionary process and most students leave (intentionally or unintentionally) signs and indicators. Teams are trained to become local experts at collecting data that helps to paint a clear picture of how high risk a student may be to carry out an act of violence towards themselves or others and what the appropriate intervention should be based on that data. Teams are also trained to address the newer issue of “unauthored threats” that have plagued schools across Canada for the past years.
Melanie Reed-Zukowski is a Registered Psychologist and a Certified Teacher with over 31 years of experience working at the school and district level.
She is a VTRA Level I Trainer and co-author of the School District’s 3rd Edition VTRA Protocol. She has served as the District’s Crisis Response Leader, and is part of the Child Trauma Academy’s NME trainer program. Ms. Reed-Zukowski is also a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. She has participated on a Southern Alberta committee to explore trauma/crisis response supports for rural communities, provided psychological support internationally in a number of high profile traumatic events.
|Registration Deadline:||January 22, 2018|
Session will run from: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM