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Campus and School Violence Threat Management

There is a renewed sense of urgency to keep our children and schools safe. The mass shooting at Sandy Hook in December 2012, provides a somber reminder that violent offenders remain a potential threat beyond Virginia Tech and Columbine. Threat management must attend to all educational institutions and those organizations similar to a campus environment such as hospitals and others that have open public assess. Deaths to students in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and China at the hands of outside offenders highlights that students are not the only threat sources, but that we must also protect our schools from outsiders with unique and dangerous agendas. The tragic deaths of hundreds of people, many of whom were children, in a school based terrorism incident in Russia further underscores the possible reach of terrorism. There are new dimensions of threats for school personnel, mental health, legal, and school police and security professionals to consider.

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of cutting edge information about school and campus based threat assessment, violence prevention and intervention strategies. It will assist in understanding the unique assessment, management, criminal, and civil legal issues associated with these cases and how to keep students and staff safe while reducing one’s liability in the process. The material presented will be based on over 20 years of topic-specific experience, pre/post conviction interviews and reviews of school violence perpetrators, victims, and incidents. Participants will gain practical ideas that may be applied to their own educational setting.

Workshop Content

Extent of the school violence problem
Three types of potential offenders
Warning signs and risk factors associated with school violence
Improving early warning detection systems
Applied threat assessment principles
Interview strategies for potential offenders
Systemic and multidisciplinary aspects of school based threat management-integrating mental health, law enforcement, and school resources
Perpetrator’s stories from videotaped interviews and other sources

Workshop Objectives
Identify who may be an offender in a school shooting
List at least five warning signs that violence is probable
Describe optimal early warning systems on a campus
List the six steps of a campus threat assessment process
Describe how to best interview a subject at risk

Presented by

Kris Mohandie, Ph.D., ABPP
Kris Mohandie, Ph.D., ABPP
    Dr. Kris Mohandie is a clinical, police, and forensic psychologist with over twenty years of experience in the assessment and management of violent behavior. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Police and Public Safety Psychology. 
    Dr. Mohandie developed a model school violence threat management program and regularly consults to college/university and K-12 schools, as well as workplace violence, extreme violence, stalking, and threat cases in the private and public sector. His book, School Violence Threat Management came out in 2000, now in its second printing. 
    He has worked in field responses and case investigations for local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations including LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, SWAT/Crisis Negotiation Team, and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program. He responded on-scene to the O.J. Simpson barricade and the North Hollywood Bank Robbery Shootout. Dr. Mohandie has assisted as a consultant to a number of notorious and aggravated stalking cases, including the prosecution of the stalker of Steven Spielberg. 
    He was the lead author of the largest study to date of over one thousand North American stalkers, which appeared in the January 2006 volume of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and is second author of a large study of female stalkers which was published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law in 2012. He was lead researcher of a large study of police shootings with an emphasis upon suicide by cop cases, published by the Journal of Forensic Sciences in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr. Mohandie, along with several others, participated in two scientific studies of mass murder, including those perpetrated by adults and adolescents. He has several coauthored chapters which will appear in the forthcoming International Handbook of Threat Assessment. 
    Dr. Mohandie has conducted extensive trial pending and prison interviews of violent offenders, including a number of stalkers, hostage takers, workplace and school violence perpetrators, serial, and multiple murderers. Dr. Mohandie’s work has been featured in the LA Times, USA Today, E!, and he has appeared in the news programs of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, and Fox, as well as programs on Investigative Discovery, A&E, History, and the Discovery Channel. He regularly consults on matters of risk and threat management to the private and public sector, including the entertainment industry.