Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 2-3:30 PM ET
A student threatens to “get a gun and shut you up for good” on Facebook. Campus officials are concerned.
A student in class threatens a faculty member because he gave the student a ‘B’ rather than the expected ‘A’ on the class assignment. The student responds by stating, “I’ll give you until next week to change that grade or you and I are going to have some words.”
A few students share that they are worried about another student who people are frequently teasing and bullying. They worry that the student is going to “snap” one of these days.
Open a newspaper or turn on the TV and we are no longer surprised to see a story of a shooter going off on a rampage attack. College administrators, clinical counseling staff and student conduct officers are often placed in the difficult position of having to sort out what is truly dangerous and potentially violent versus what is merely a student acting out or in need of a more developmental and caring intervention to correct their inappropriate behavior?
Join our expert presenter as he provides some clear, research based questions that administrators, clinical staff and conduct officers should have in mind when assessing dangerousness in the student sitting across from them.
While there is no sure fire method of predicting future violence, an awareness of the common risk factors is essential to carry out a more complete and thorough campus threat assessment.
Participants will learn how to:
- Develop an understanding of what questions to ask students to better assess the likelihood of them carrying out a direct threat
- Understand the components of a threat assessment and learn the importance of developing information conduits with the referral source to improve the quality of the assessment.
- Minimize the legal risk when working with these students.
- The dangers of zero-tolerance policies and how these can make a situation a higher risk for all involved.
Dr. Brian Van Brunt currently serves as Director of Counseling and Testing Center at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Van Brunt has worked in the counseling field for over fifteen years. He served as Director of Counseling at New England College from 2001-2007 and currently serves as Director of Counseling and Testing at Western Kentucky University. He is a certified QPR suicide prevention trainer and trained in BASICS alcohol intervention. Brian is also a senior trainer in John Byrne’s Aggression Management program.
Brian was the president of the American College Counseling Association in 2010-2011. He has presented nationally on counseling ethics, mandated counseling, and testing and assessment for the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of College and University Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and the National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC). He serves on the advisory boards for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). He has taught graduate classes in counseling theory, ethics, testing and assessment and program evaluation. He has taught undergraduate classes in adjustment and personal growth, deviance and counseling theory.
**** 1.5 CEUs will be available to participants from ACCA. All participants who wish to receive CEUs will be asked to “sign-in” during the webinar (a sign-in sheet will be provided) and each institution will need to fax the sign-in sheet to ACCA following the conference.
**** CEUs can be requested for DVD/CD recording orders. A quiz will be provided that must be completed and returned to ACCA for CEUs to be granted to those participants who reviewed the webinar via a recording.
For more information and to register please visit www.paper-clip.com/assessingdanger.