In 2019, the Arizona Department of Education received a grant and provided a train the trainers workshop for 27 selected professionals from around the state, in partnership with Dr. Dewey Cornell from the University of Virginia, in order to create a Comprehensive Threat Assessment Training Cadre in Arizona.The Comprehensive Threat Assessment is evidence based and utilized both nationally and across the globe. You can find detailed information on ADE’s website at:
Dr. Stacy Anderson works as a certified school psychologist for the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She has been a part-time faculty for Northern Arizona University, an adjunct faculty for Argosy University, and an adjunct assistant professor of practice for the University of Arizona. Dr. Anderson was employed with mental and behavioral health agencies as a case manager, master's level therapist, and a supervisor. She is experienced in constructing social skills and therapeutic groups for children and programs for the adult population. She has worked with local, state, and national agencies to pioneer violence, behavioral, and academic prevention programs. She is trained in crisis management, threat and suicide assessments, and trauma services. Dr. Anderson has presented workshops to universities, school districts, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers in Arizona, and the Arizona Association of School Psychologists.
Dr. Jennifer Ostrom works as the Social, Behavioral, and Health Coordinator in the Tempe Elementary School District where she supervises psychologists, supports and leads health services, leads special projects related to mental health, crisis response, and special education for the Student Support Department, and provides professional development on topics such as threat assessment, suicide risk assessment, Second Step, interventions, and functional behavioral assessments. She is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist in Arizona and a nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Ostrom has worked as a school psychologist in Ohio and Arizona public schools. She taught at Western Michigan University in the Special Education Program on topics such assessment, collaboration and communication, and the needs of students with disabilities. Dr. Ostrom currently serves as the ADE liaison for the Arizona Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Ostrom is a Provisional Trainer in the SafeTALK and ASIST suicide prevention and intervention programs for Livingworks.
Susan Izzarelli has worked as a certified school psychologist for the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) for over 19 years. She has been at the middle and high school levels and currently serves as a school psychologist at North Canyon High School and as a district crisis response team leader. In addition, Susan is one of three school psychologists trained to conduct district-level threat assessments, which involves guiding school-based teams through the (PVUSD) threat assessment process, working one-on-one to complete assessments with students and supporting students and staff in implementation of recommendations following completion of a threat assessment.
Learn the rationale for using a threat assessment model
Learn and apply Threat Assessment Guidelines in schools
Become familiar with legal and mental health issues in threat assessment
Practice using the model to address cases of threats made by students
Book orders can be found on Amazon for $50 and recommended for each team prior to attending the workshop. A limited number of copies are available through AASP and can be ordered during the registration process.
This training will provide 6 hours of CEU credits. You will receive an hour for lunch during the training. The recommended materials can be purchased through Amazon, we may be able to have some at the event for purchase there. The materials are recommended for one book per team (if you are attending with multiple psychs from your district you can share if you would like!)