CSTAG Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
Equip All Staff & Law Enforcement to Identify, Assess & Support Students Who Exhibit Challenging Behaviors
Behavioral threat assessment is a critical component to violence prevention and school safety. It’s crucial that all those who work with students are equipped to support those who pose a risk to themselves or others. Only Navigate360 can provide CSTAG training for your threat assessment teams, staff & law enforcement to:
- Identify students and situations that raise concern.
- Gather information and facts to assess the risk of violence.
- Develop intervention and management strategies to support students and prevent violence.
Building Confidence with CSTAG Training
Overview and Benefits
Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG)
Effective teams need excellent training. Exclusively through Navigate360, you can provide training that prepares your teams to implement the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model with high fidelity.
Designed for today’s environment in which time is at a premium and flexibility is a must, this 2-part training program combines the best of both online and in-person (live or virtual) learning. Teams are qualified to begin using CSTAG after completing both Level 1 and Level 2.
CSTAG Level 1 Training
Style: Asynchronous, online
Duration: 4-6 hours, at your own pace
Scope: Participants will receive an in-depth presentation of the CSTAG program. Learners work independently at their own pace on their own schedule to complete 8 modules narrated by Dr. Cornell and three experienced national trainers.
Objectives: There are a total of 23 learning objectives distributed across 8 modules. At the conclusion of Level 1 (including an exam), participants are qualified for CSTAG Level 2 training.
CSTAG Level 2 Training
Style: Synchronous, in-person or virtual workshop conducted by Dr. Cornell or one of his trainers.
Duration: 4 hours
Scope: Participants work together in teams to apply what they learned in Level 1 through a series of case exercises using the CSTAG model. Cases become increasingly complex and require careful analysis and teamwork.
Objectives: Teams will be able to apply the CSTAG model to a variety of situations with a high degree of classification accuracy and efficiency. At the conclusion of Level 2, teams will be prepared to use CSTAG in their schools.
CSTAG Threat Assessment Course for Law Enforcement in Schools
Style: Asynchronous, online.
Duration: 1 hour, at your own pace
Scope: The “CSTAG for Law Enforcement” course provides law enforcement officers with an opportunity to learn about behavioral threat assessment and their role on a multidisciplinary threat assessment team, as well as the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model. Two leading experts in violence prevention, Dr. Dewey Cornell and Katherine Schweit, developed this course while working directly with our curriculum team.
Objectives: Participants will leave with an understanding of the CSTAG threat assessment model and how it is used in school settings. Participants will also understand their unique role on a multidisciplinary school behavioral threat assessment team and will be able to better collaborate with schools when it comes to threat assessment.
CSTAG for School Staff
Style: Asynchronous, online.
Duration: 1 hour, at your own pace
Scope: The CSTAG for School Staff course provides all school staff who support or work with students an overview of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model and their important role in violence prevention. Experts in behavioral threat assessment, violence prevention and mental health—Dr. Dewey Cornell, Dr. Sharmila Mehta and Dr. Talisha Bond—developed this course while working directly with our curriculum team.
Objectives: Participants who complete the course will understand:
- The CSTAG threat assessment model and how it is used in schools.
- How they can support behavioral threat assessment & violence prevention efforts in their schools.
- How to work collaboratively with the behavioral threat assessment team to promote school safety and student wellness.
Building a Successful Team
What to Expect from CSTAG Team Training
Establishing and maintaining an effective multidisciplinary team requires a commitment by both team members and the school community. CSTAG training provides the support your threat assessment team needs to successfully fulfill that commitment.
Team members will experience a significant increase in their knowledge of school safety and behavioral threat assessment. This translates into a greater level of confidence in their ability to help students who might be headed down a path of violence.
Learning Together Effectively
Regardless of prior experience or discipline, all team members will have a common knowledge base and perspective. Your teams will know how to work together effectively and efficiently.
Making Students Priority #1
Team members will achieve a high degree of threat classification accuracy and agreement. This protects teams from overreacting or underreacting to student behavior and ensures students get the help they need.
The Value of CSTAG Training
A District Administrator’s Perspective
Nordia Sappleton is the former assistant director of school climate & discipline at Broward County Public Schools, where she supported the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and discipline policies and supervised the district’s prevention and intervention teams. Get a candid look at CSTAG training through the eyes of a district administrator, including initial reaction, feedback from colleagues and the value it brought to the district.
What Do Customers Think of CSTAG Level 1 & 2 Training?
“Our teams were excited to have such a comprehensive training program. The asynchronous portion was incredibly engaging and informative. Being able to then apply the knowledge and work as a team with the live CSTAG trainer was priceless. It’s hard to imagine doing this without this level of training.”
Subject Matter Expert Spotlight
Dewey Cornell, Ph.D.
Navigate360 is proud to partner with Dr. Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist and professor of education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. He is the principal author of the evidence-based school behavioral threat assessment model known as Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG).
Dr. Cornell worked alongside our development team to incorporate the CSTAG methodology into our case management software. His direct involvement ensures fidelity of the process and provides access to his specific guidance throughout the system. Dr. Cornell also worked directly with our curriculum team to create the CSTAG Level 1 and Level 2 training programs available exclusively through Navigate360.
“Whenever there is concern about a student, there is no way schools can avoid doing some kind of threat assessment; it’s a question of how they are going to do them. Schools need an evidence-based approach that is proven to be safe, fair and effective.”
– Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D.
Katherine Schweit is an attorney, security consultant and retired FBI special agent. As an FBI Special Agent Executive, she created the bureau’s Active Shooter program after the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She is also the author of Stop the Killing – How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis.
Schweit worked alongside the Navigate360 team and Dr. Cornell to develop the CSTAG for Law Enforcement training course to help law enforcement understand their role on a multidisciplinary school behavioral threat assessment team.
Dr. Sharmila Mehta
Dr. Sharmila Mehta is the Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology for the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She has experience in psychological and threat assessments for adolescent inpatients and is a national school threat assessment trainer and consultant to schools and agencies serving youth for School Threat Assessment Consultants.
Dr. Talisha Bond
Dr. Talisha Bond is a clinical psychologist and school psychologist for DC Public Schools. She was a member of the UVA Youth Violence Project research team and contributed to the research and development of the CSTAG model, and now maintains her own private practice in Maryland, working with children from 4-18 years old.
Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for answers about CSTAG Team Training?
If you are looking for answers about CSTAG Team Training, please read our Q&A section. If you still have questions, please reach out to us today.
What is CSTAG Team Training and does my school need it?
Effective teams need excellent training. Exclusively through Navigate360, you can provide the most complete behavioral threat assessment training that prepares your teams to implement the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) model with high fidelity.
What does the acronym "CSTAG" stand for?
CSTAG stands for Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines.
What makes CSTAG training unique from other behavioral threat assessment team training?
Navigate360 is the only school safety partner to provide CSTAG eLearning curriculum supported by more than 20 years of research, including controlled studies demonstrating safety and effectiveness.
What makes Navigate360 different from other safety solution providers?
Navigate360 is the leader in holistic safety and wellness solutions. Our revolutionary model spans the full spectrum of safety, including threat detection and prevention, mental health and wellness, and safety management and preparedness – backed by research and developed by industry experts. We provide the tools necessary to save and enhance lives.
What is the role of an SRO or law enforcement in relation to our behavioral threat assessment team?
Let’s be clear about the role of the SRO or law enforcement as part of the multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment team.
Effective training clarifies and limits the role of law enforcement while also identifying how to leverage their knowledge, skills and access to specific information. In fact, when law enforcement is part of a collaborative BTA team, law enforcement actions (e.g., arrest, incarceration or court charges) rarely occur.
* Cornell, D., Maeng, J., Huang, F., Shukla, K., & Konold, T. (2018). Racial/ethnic parity in disciplinary consequences using student threat assessment. School Psychology Review, 47, 183-195. doi: 10.17105/SPR-2017-0030.V47-2
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