9780789012968

Threats in Schools: A Practical Guide for Managing Violence

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  • ISBN13:

    9780789012968

  • ISBN10:

    0789012960

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2001-11-21
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Joseph T. McCann, PsyD, JD

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
The Nature of Violence and Threat Assessment
1(12)
Violence in Schools
3(1)
Approaches to Combating School Violence
4(4)
Understanding Threat Assessment and Management
8(3)
Conclusion
11(2)
Types of Threats and Violence
13(22)
What Is Aggression?
14(2)
What Is Violence?
16(2)
Types of Threats
18(6)
How Threats Are Communicated
24(5)
The Relationship Between Threats and Violence
29(4)
Conclusion
33(2)
Risk Assessment of Violent Behavior
35(20)
Prediction versus Risk Assessment of Violence
36(3)
Personal Security versus Community Policing
39(2)
Correlates of Violent Behavior in Young People
41(5)
Violence and Mental Disorder
46(6)
Conclusion
52(3)
Assessing and Evaluating Threats
55(28)
Direct Questions to Ask About a Threat
58(7)
Evaluating Specific Issues
65(10)
Indirect Methods of Assessment
75(5)
Assessing Potential Inhibitors of Violence
80(1)
Interdisciplinary Approaches
81(1)
Conclusion
82(1)
Managing Potentially Violent Situations
83(20)
Interventions Targeting the Potentially Violent Student
85(7)
Interventions Targeting the Victim
92(4)
Interventions Targeting the Situation
96(4)
Critical Incident Stress Management
100(2)
Conclusion
102(1)
Special Situations
103(24)
Threats Against Property
104(6)
Threats Against Other Students
110(10)
Threats Against Teachers
120(4)
Conclusion
124(3)
Appendix A: Threat Assessment and Management Planning Form 127(2)
Appendix B: Checklist of Characteristics of Youth Who Have Caused School-Associated Violent Deaths 129(2)
Appendix C: Questions for Evaluating General Risk for Violence 131(4)
Appendix D: Fire Setting and Bombing Risk Assessment Questions 135(2)
Appendix E: Sex Offense Risk Assessment Questions 137(2)
References 139(8)
Index 147

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