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Keep Staff & Students Safe, Supported and Thriving with Behavioral Threat Assessment

Use Proactive Threat Assessment & Prevention Solutions to Address Concerning Behaviors and Support Those in Crisis

​Given today’s disturbing rise in school violence, effective school safety initiatives are paramount. School districts must strive to implement research-based practices and tools that can help prevent threats of violence from escalating. Behavioral threat assessments that involve multidisciplinary teams help schools intervene and address threats in a way that reduces bias and traditional punishment. Ultimately, this helps to improve students’ social and emotional adjustment and keep them off a path of violence.

Federal endorsement of school behavioral threat assessment, combined with proof that the system works, have resulted in an increasing number of states mandating its use in schools. In fact, research shows that implementation of school behavioral threat assessment teams can alleviate the risk for racial disparities in assessment outcomes, decrease school dropout rates, and get kids the help they need in a supportive setting long before stressors can result in dangerous behavior.

It’s important to note that behavioral threat assessments do NOT involve profiling; research shows that attempts to profile potentially violent individuals are both ineffective and inaccurate. Instead, behavioral threat assessment offers a streamlined, objective set of standards with which educators can identify, assess and ultimately address behaviors that pose a possible threat before they result in acts of harm or violence within the school community.

School-based Behavioral Threat Assessment

Navigate360 Senior Vice President of Threat Detection & Prevention, Thom Jones, recently facilitated a webinar with a panel of experts and practitioners to discuss the purpose, process and benefits of school-based behavioral threat assessment. Below are clips of the insights and experiences they shared.

What is threat assessment, and what is its purpose?

Who should be a part of threat assessment teams?

Why is behavioral threat assessment & management more effective than suspension or expulsion?

How can threat assessment improve the collaborative relationship between schools, law enforcement and the community?

How does threat assessment support a whole-community approach to school safety?

Proactive Solutions that Create a Culture of Safety

Building a culture of safety empowers you to more quickly and frequently identify those in need of help, ensuring that your students’ current uncertainties do not become future tragedies. Our suite of threat detection and prevention tools are proactive solutions that help you:

  • Anonymously source reports of concern from your community
  • Aggregate intel from additional digital sources, such as email, social media and web searches
  • Analyze, screen, manage and collaborate with threat assessment teams
Create a Culture of Safety in Schools

Behavioral Case Manager: This single solution will provide your school’s mental health professionals and BTA team members with evidence-based case management software that allows for continuum of care documentation and analytics reporting to proactively improve outcomes for students of concern.

Behavioral Threat Assessment Training: Aligned with the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) or National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) threat assessment model, this is a two-part behavioral threat assessment training program that combines online and in-person (available live or virtual) learning to build the confidence needed to identify and properly intervene when a child is showing signs of a mental health crisis.

Digital Threat Detection: Digital Threat Detection is the most comprehensive, all-encompassing digital safety solution available. This software helps identify and address a student’s intent to harm themselves or others by scanning digital content in real time and notifying school administrators of harm language found in school-owned email and public social media. It also utilizes a web indexing database of 3 billion URLs to protect students from potentially harmful content.

Anonymous Tipline & Reporting: This tool serves as a forum for collaboration and accountability between school administrators, peace officers and mental health professionals to ensure every student’s needs are met. Our technology also powers well-known national and state-level tip lines such as Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program and Safe2Tell Colorado. As the leading anonymous reporting tool, our software empowers students, teachers and individuals to proactively share information about safety, bullying, self-harm and violence.

Threat Assessment & Prevention Solutions

Additional Resources

Solution Spotlight: Helping Schools Prevent Harm to Self & Others

Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines Training for Your Teachers, Staff & Law Enforcement

Learn about the value of equipping your entire school staff with training to identify and intervene when a student is in crisis.

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Hot Topics: Behavioral Threat Assessment On-Demand Webinar

Hot Topics: Behavioral Threat Assessment On-Demand Webinar

Learn about the impact behavioral threat assessment can have on your school community.  

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Behavioral Threat Assessment with Dr. Dewey Cornell

Behavioral Threat Assessment with Dr. Dewey Cornell

Learn answers to the most commonly asked questions about behavioral threat assessment CSTAG training from Dr. Cornell, forensic clinical psychologist, national threat assessment expert and principal author of the CSTAG behavioral threat assessment model.

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Solution Spotlight: Helping Schools Prevent Harm to Self & Others

Solution Spotlight: Helping Schools Prevent Harm to Self & Others

Learn how our Behavioral Case Manager solution works to help troubled students and keep them off a path of violence.

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Navigate360 Offers Comprehensive Solutions that Support Students, Schools & Communities

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Keeping students off the pathway to violence and on the pathway to wellness is complicated, but you are not alone. As a trusted school safety partner, we know that it takes a community of support to care for students’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

With an ecosystem of holistic safety and wellness in place, K-12 schools are in a better position to promote the long-term success of students and teachers. Contact us today to learn more about the steps you can take to support the mental and physical wellbeing of your students.