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Update on Best-Practices for School-Based Threat Management Teams

  • 29 Sep 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tolleson Union High School (Board Room) 9801 West Van Buren Street, Tolleson AZ 85353
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School-based Threat Management has been the expected protocol since the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education put forth their guide in 2002 entitled: Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situation and to Creating Safe School Climates.  This presentation will address the following questions:

· What difference has it made for schools to engage in this process?

· What are the critical components of a school- based threat management protocol?

· What are schools held accountable for when the worst thing (school shooting) happens?

· What are sticking points in your school team threat management process?

· What should be included in a supervision plan for a student of concern?

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 Workshop Objectives:

1) Describe the major actions in each phase of school-based threat management.

2) Identify the benefits of having a well-trained school-based threat management team.

3) Compare the protocol and conditions of their school-based threat management team to that of a school who has experiences an official review after a school shooting.

4) Assess if a supervision plan for a student of concern includes appropriate supports and interventions.  

Presenter information:  

Debi Neat has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU and retired in 2014 from her 14-year position as the Safe and Drug Free Schools Trainer for the Phoenix Union High School District. In this position, Debi provided staff development workshops to over 2500 employees. Debi has also trained students in Peer Mediation for the campuses, as well as facilitated and provided oversight of prevention/intervention programs and the staff who ran those programs on the campuses. Debi has over 35 years of experience in working with adolescents, as a teacher and part of the therapeutic treatment program at the Nevada State correctional facility for youth and as the Prevention Programs Coordinator for the Tolleson Union High School District.  Debi is a Learning Systems Facilitator, Coach for KOI Education; Certified Adolescent Health Trainer; Trauma Informed Schools Trainer, and a Lead Trainer for the School Safety and Prevention Unit at the Arizona Department of Education in School Climate and Safety, School Safety Program (SRO grant), Threat Management and Emergency Response Training.

Gina Durbin has a BS in Education from Illinois State University; MA in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and a MA in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizonan University.  She currently is the Director of Community & Education Services in the Cave Creek Unified School District where she has held this position for 25 years.  In this position, Gina provides leadership and training in counseling, school resource officers, health, prevention, intervention, crisis and safety programs for the school district and into the community. Gina is very involved in the Cave Creek community and is the liaison with the school and community in providing prevention, intervention and educational resources to parents and students.

 Prior to her current position Ms. Durbin was a middle school counselor in the Cave Creek Unified School District and Osborn School District.   She started her career as a middle school/elementary special education teacher.  Overall, Ms. Durbin has over 35 years’ experience (since 1978) in working within the public-school system.


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