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Threats in Schools : A Practical Guide for Managing Violence
McCann, Joseph
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 2001-10-01 / 0789012960
School-Oriented / Violence
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Manage potentially violent situations in your school with these expert techniques!

In the wake of several highly publicized school shootings, the problem of school violence has increasingly become a focus of concern for the general public as well as teachers, school officials, and students. Drawing on case studies from publicized violent incidents as well as from Dr. McCann’s private practice, Threats in Schools: A Practical Guide for Managing Violence provides techniques for identifying, conceptualizing, assessing, and managing threatening behavior by students in school settings. Offering specific case management strategies for a variety of situations, this indispensable volume provides guidance on formulating questions to ask and suggestions for developing strategies for managing potentially violent situations.

Integrating threat assessment and risk management models, this approach will help you target potential threats to property, other students, teachers, and school staff. The interdisciplinary approach recognizes that violent behavior is dependent on the characteristics of the perpetrator, victim, and setting, and that the relationship between threats and violence is not always clear.

Threats in Schools offers well-grounded research, detailed case studies, and theoretical approaches to help you deal with the tough issues, including:
zero-tolerance policies and their more effective alternatives
why profiling techniques to identify violence-prone students are of limited use
interventions to defuse potentially violent situations
critical incident stress management
Five appendixes offer forms and checklists to help you plan and evaluate, including:
threat assessment and management planning
checklist of characteristics of perpetrators of school violence
questions for evaluating general risk of violence
fire-setting and bombing risk assessment
sex offense risk assessment
Lucidly written and illustrated with helpful tables and figures, Threats in Schools offers school officials, mental health professionals, community leaders, and the media the information they need to understand what sparks school violence and which approaches reduce the risk of it. Reviews: “McCann has done AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD JOB of putting school violence in its proper context, statistically and conceptually. . . . Realistically notes the severity of school violence and the pressing need for educators and others to deal more effectively with this threat to the safety and lives of America's children. . . . Offers a detailed overview of the issues that will need to be examined in a comprehensive school threat assessment.”
Journal of Threat Assessment

“Dr. McCann has provided A CONCISE AND INFORMATIVE way to analyze, understand, and respond to threats. His resource guide SHOULD BE STANDARD READING for school administrators, counselors, and teachers.”
Dr. Ronald D. Stephens, Executive Director, National School Safety Center, California

“COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE. . . . AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE for municipal and school managers, law enforcement officials, parents, and all who are concerned with violence in our schools.”
Col. Robert K. Ressler, MS, Director, Forensic Behavioral Services International, Virginia; Author, Crime Classification Manual and Whoever Fights Monsters

Contents:
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Nature of School Violence and Threat Assessment
Violence in Schools
Approaches to Combating School Violence
Understanding Threat Assessment and Management
Conclusion
Chapter 2. Types of Threats and Violence
What Is Aggression?
What Is Violence?
Types of Threats?
How Threats Are Communicated
The Relationship Between Threats and Violence
Conclusion
Chapter 3. Risk Assessment of Violent Behavior
Prediction versus Risk Assessment of Violence
Personal Security versus Community Policing
Correlates of Violent Behavior in Young People
Violence and Mental Disorder
Conclusion
Chapter 4. Assessing and Evaluating Threats
Direct Questions to Ask About a Threat
Evaluating Specific Issues
Indirect Methods of Assessment
Assessing Potential Inhibitors of Violence
Interdisciplinary Approaches
Conclusion
Chapter 5. Managing Potentially Violent Situations
Interventions Targeting the Potentially Violent Student
Interventions Targeting the Victim
Interventions Targeting the Situation
Critical Incident Stress Management
Conclusion
Chapter 6. Special Situations
Threats Against Property
Threats Against Other Students
Threats Against Teachers
Conclusion
Appendix A: Threat Assessment and Management Planning Form
Appendix B: Checklist of Characteristics of Youth Who Have Caused School-Associated Violent Deaths
Appendix C: Questions for Evaluating General Risk for Violence
Appendix D: Fire Setting and Bombing Risk Assessment Questions
Appendix E: Sex Offense Risk Assessment Questions
References
Index

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