Keeping Our Schools Safe: What Every Educator Should Know About Safety Assessment

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William James College offers courses, seminars, and workshops both on-site and online. Our coursework is designed for psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, educators, and other mental health, health care and business professionals.

Presenter: Nancy Rappaport, MD

This webinar presents an overview of a comprehensive school safety assessment approach for students whose behavior raises concern about their potential for violence. This presentation will draw from Dr. Rappaport’s research and clinical work as a child psychiatrist consulting to schools to present a model that can help prevent school violence while getting students and families the services they need. Targeted school violence is rare, making schools relatively safe places. However, every school must assess be familiar with basic concepts for quickly and comprehensively assessing the safety of students who are volatile and may make threats, write a hit list, destroy property, or post concerning content online. The safety assessment model emphasizes understanding the context of the behavior and helping adults mobilize the resources needed to address the student’s and family’s needs and enhance the student’s safety, connection, and well-being. The content will draw from Dr. Rappaport’s publications, research, and experience with safety assessments in schools, as well as the work of the Safe Schools Initiative, Cornell & Sheras, and others.

Specific learning objectives:

• Differentiate between substantive and transient threats

• Identify key warning signs and questions to ask

• List the components of a comprehensive safety assessment

Program Code: KSS1
Credits: 1
Fees: $15

Webinar Details

This is a live, one-hour webinar. Participants can access the webinar from any device that has an internet connection (broadband wired or wireless) and speakers, in order to hear and see the presenter and corresponding visuals. There will be a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. Information on how to access the live session will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because this event is being offered for CE credit, live attendance and a short evaluation/post-test following the event are required. On-demand viewing after the event will not be available. 



  • When

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Online

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