WAKEFIELD — Executive Director Margie Daniels is pleased to announce that Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth is hosting a conference to establish and enhance school threat assessment teams.
Thursday, Nov. 17, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
- Brian LeBlanc, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Boston, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Squad CT-2 Domestic Terrorism/Threat Response
- Heidi Ellis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Director, Trauma and Community Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
- James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Support Services, Cambridge Police Department
- Scott Morrison, Ed.D., Superintendent, Tri-Town Union
Mass shootings and incidents of violence have profoundly affected schools across America, and a key part of preventing violence in school communities is a robust threat assessment process to identify potential threats and intervene.
This conference will focus on establishing and enhancing threat assessment teams as a vital tool for preventing targeted school violence. Another focus will be fostering a positive school climate built on a culture of safety, trust, respect and emotional support.
“Research shows that having an emotionally supportive school environment is a crucial component to preventing school violence. This important component of violence prevention is critically important to fostering school safety,” said Director Daniels. “We will also focus extensively on strategies and best practices for building and maintaining effective multi-disciplinary school threat assessment teams to identify threats and intervene before violence becomes part of the equation.”