Crisis Response and Suicide Prevention
Threat assessment—a term that originated in law enforcement—is a strategy to prevent violence targeted at public figures and other people who are threatened by someone. Threat assessment is no longer considered a single assessment, but rather an ongoing assessment process with interventions designed to prevent violence, and which can be led by threat assessment teams.
A threat assessment team is a multidisciplinary group that includes various representatives from security and law enforcement, behavioral health care, human resources, legal and management, among others. Instead of focusing on static traits and features of individuals, threat assessment teams use a model that recognizes violence as a multi-determined phenomenon, looks at where a person is on the pathway to violence, assesses their risk factors and defuses the situation.
In this first-of-its kind Preconference University, we will use our new Medical Directors Institute paper— “Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions”—to frame a probing conversation around threat assessment and management. Together, we will examine the role of threat assessment teams, discuss various prevention interventions and explore the mechanics of mass violence.