School and Inpatient Assessment for Youth Threats of Violence

Friday, November 15, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
6 CE Contact Hours

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Sharmila B. Mehta, PhD

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Course Description: 

Leading authorities in education, law enforcement, and mental health recommend a systematic threat assessment approach to evaluate youth who threaten to commit a violent act. In this workshop, participants will learn how to recognize and take action in response to a serious threat. Dr. Mehta will describe the evidence-based Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (Cornell, 2018), which includes the identification, assessment, and management of threats with a preventative and problem-solving approach. Participants will also learn how they can adapt this model for threat assessment in an inpatient setting.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

1. Describe misconceptions about the nature and scope of school violence as well as ineffective responses.
2. Explain the rationale for a prevention-focused threat assessment for school violence.

3. Describe how to differentiate between transient and substantive threats of violence through the use of the Comprehensive Student Threat Assessment Guidelines model and decision tree.
4. Describe when, why, and how to conduct a mental health assessment.
5. List three pathways to violence.
6. Describe how to conduct threat assessments in an inpatient setting using the Review of Interpersonal Safety Concerns model.

Sharmila B. Mehta, PhD,  is Director of Inpatient Child Psychology Training for Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed postdoctoral training at Hartford Hospital-Institute of Living. Dr. Mehta has experience treating and assessing youth with acute mental illness, and expertise in youth threat assessment.

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Friday, November 15, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rationale for Threat Assessment
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
         Use of the Comprehensive Student Threat Assessment

         Research Evidence 
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Pathways to Violence
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Inpatient Threat Assessment
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
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