This two-day training is for those professionals who have already obtained their Level I status. Building on the theory and practice of threat/risk assessment is the more comprehensive process of data analysis and strategic interviewing. In all threat assessment cases the practice is broken down into two simplistic categories: assessing the threat and assessing the threat maker. In most cases we can do both but in some cases we can only assess the threat because the threat maker has not been identified, such as in our many unauthored threat assessment cases across Canada during the 2007- 2008 school year. Therefore, being able to assess the level of commitment from the language of the threat is a focus. This also includes assessing the language of known authors and threat makers as well.
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.
October 01, 2021
School Leadership/Jurisdictional Leadership/Community Response Partners
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