Stop School Violence: Threat Assessment Training
The Ohio Department of Education is offering free, evidence-based school violence prevention trainings to school personnel and students statewide using U.S. Department of Justice grant funding allocated through the STOP School Violence Act.
WHAT IS SAFETY ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTION?
Safety Assessment & Intervention is a national, evidence-based, violence-prevention training program, one of Sandy Hook’s proven Know the Signs programs. The day-long workshops cover the theory of threat assessment and practical applications for district threat assessment teams.
WHAT WILL DISTRICTS LEARN?
The sessions, free to districts in the 2019-2020 school year, teach them how to identify, assess and respond to threats of violence or at-risk behavior before a threat leads to tragedy. Participants will learn to:
- Identify threats, signs and signals of committing a violent act;
- Determine the seriousness of the threat, sign or signal; and
- Develop intervention plans that protect potential victims and address the underlying problem that initiated the behavior.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Safety Assessment & Intervention is designed for multidisciplinary school-based teams that receive and respond to reported threats of violence in their school buildings. Each member of a team has expertise in administration, safety or mental health. This means every school in the district should send an administrator, as well as a security expert and mental health expert to the training.
For more information and to register, please visit: ODE’s Website
Ohio Attorney General: Online Threat Assessment Training
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's staff collaborated with team members from the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) and Ohio Departments of Education and Higher Education to develop a statewide guided online training program for Ohio's local law enforcement officers and local school threat assessment teams. This training highlights best practice violence prevention methods and is open to all district and school personnel. The training information is available here. Ohio’s law enforcement officers will begin training in this prevention approach in March.
The Attorney General’s Office also collaborated with the OSSC and Ohio Homeland Security to develop a training module specific to security and vulnerability assessments for law enforcement. Law enforcement officers looking for more information about the training as well as access to the videos, reference guide and grant application materials should visit OHLEG. These materials can be found by clicking on “eOPOTA Learning Management System” on the OHLEG home page.
Ohio School Resource Officer Training
The Ohio School Resource Officers Association (OSROA) has developed trainings for school resource officers and hosts events specific to SROs throughout the year. Their website also includes a bank of other training opportunities to include topics such as active shooter preparedness, de-escalation techniques, and mental health training. For more information on their SRO Basic Training, SRO/DARE Conferences and half-day training opportunities, please visit their website at: osroa.org/trainings/
Other Training Resources:
- Ohio Department of Public Safety Training Campus – on-line continuing education courses
- Ohio Department of Public Safety Active Aggressor/Threat Preparedness Toolkit
- Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) trainings – (there are a variety of free webinars and online courses available related to school safety)