The North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR) Model is referred to as Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA). It is a broad Model that draws from a number of different disciplines that transcends the early focus of practitioners on individual pathology only, and instead, includesourpioneeringworkonthe“dynamicsofviolence”.Itbuilds ontheearlyUnitedStatesSecretService research around Threat Assessment (TA) where they studied individuals who were moving on a pathway of violence towards a single target (e.g. political figure) which they called “targeted violence”. The VTRA Model also enhances the field of General Violence Risk Assessment (RA) which is often centered on violence prediction and the process of trying to determine if a person of concern may pose a risk of violence to members of society in general. A complete Level One Violence Threat Risk Assessment Overview and Course Outline will be shared with registrants.
This learning opportunity is being offered through a grant from Alberta Education.
Pat Rivard is a National Trainer with the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR). Pat recently transitioned from an 18-year career in Education where he served students and communities as a teacher, principal and 9 years in senior leadership in two school divisions in Alberta. In 2017 Pat was recognized for his leadership in VTRA protocol development with a National Award for his outstanding contributions in the advancement of VTRA practice demonstrating a tireless commitment towards providing safe and caring environments for students and communities. Beyond his years of experience in Education, Pat is uniquely qualified to comprehend the complexities of multiagency collaboration being initially trained as a Social Worker. During the early part of his career, Pat worked in Child Welfare and subsequently had a two-year career as a family counsellor. Pat is currently the training lead in North America’s largest urban Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) initiative. With funding through Public Safety Canada, Pat is collaborating with the City of Toronto, Toronto Police Service and 100 other agencies in Toronto in support of their City-wide FOCUS program with a special emphasis on Violent Extremism. He is also consulting with NACTATR’s American operations in the development of their new “human assisted” software referred to as TACTIC which will assist multiagency VTRA teams to streamline their practice from initial screening to Stage One and Two Assessment and Interventions. Pat is currently working in collaboration with Dr. William Pollack, Harvard Medical School and Senior Advisor to NACTATR, in threat assessment research. As well, Pat is an Alberta born Francophone whose entire career has been as a professional in the English sector. As such, he is NACTATR’s only bilingual trainer who has been training Level One and Two VTRA in both languages for the past three years. Recently, Pat has taken a lead with Francophone leaders from the New Brunswick Government for the development of enhanced VTRA Protocols and the streamlining of training and practice for both Anglophone and Francophone sectors.
April 06, 2021
K - 12 Administrators, Counsellors, System Leaders, Community Education Partners
The link to access the session will be sent to your email prior to the session.
Your registration includes the VTRA Level Manual.