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This program is only open to members who have completed a Threat Assessment training.

March 8, 2024 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (In Person)
March 20, 2024 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Virtual)
April 3, 2024 @ 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Virtual)

This program is limited to 40 participants. Registration is limited to 2 participants per district. You will be notified within 3 days if you are being moved to the waitlist.

Attend In Person

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
565 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01932

Participants must attend the in-person and two virtual sessions to receive PDPs and/or CEUs. The virtual sessions will not be recorded.

  • James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Support Unit, Cambridge Police and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Craig Murphy, Ph.D., Family and Educational Wellness Center

The Fundamentals of Risk Assessment workshop is designed for school clinicians who have completed the Intensive Threat Assessment Workshop. The Fundamentals of Risk Assessment workshop will focus on the principles of a thorough and complete school-based risk assessment for students in crisis. Participants will learn best-practices in risk assessment using a structured professional judgment model. Participants will also learn risk mitigation and protection strategies as well as methods to assess the effectiveness of risk management plans for schools. 

In the virtual follow-up trainings, Dr. Murphy will present actual cases (i.e., redacted cases) from schools in Massachusetts to illustrate the complexities of threat assessments, as well as the benefits of applying a structured protocol that integrates key information from all respective stakeholders. Specific tools will be reviewed and shared, and report formats will be distributed to school-based teams to utilize and/or modify for use in their respective districts. 

March 8, 2024
Location: Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, 565 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01932
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

March 20, 2024 (Facilitated by Craig Murphy, Ph.D.)
Location: Virtual
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

April 3, 2024 (Facilitated by Craig Murphy, Ph.D.)
Location: Virtual
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

About the SpeakerS
James Barrett, Ph.D.

James Barrett, Ph.D., is the Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the site director of the Safety Net psychology fellowship program and clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department. Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice, preventing retaliatory violence, juvenile risk assessment, and police-mental health partnerships. He is a contributor to Psychological Services, Adolescent Psychiatry, The Community Psychologist, and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals.

Craig Murphy, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Family and Educational Wellness (FEW) Center. Dr. Murphy is a nationally certified school psychologist with over twenty years experience in public schools. He was an Associate Professor of School Psychology at William James College for fifteen years before leaving academia to return to working in schools and private practice. Dr. Murphy is currently the clinical director of the Summit Therapeutic Program for the Bi-County (BICO) Collaborative in Walpole, Massachusetts. In his role at BICO, Dr. Murphy conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, risk assessments, and threat assessments for over 50 school districts throughout Massachusetts as well as consulting with school districts to overcome emotional and educational barriers to learning. His research efforts have focused on changing educator and parent perceptions of students with problem behaviors and fragile emotions and integrating developmental factors into children’s mental health treatment. Finally, Dr. Murphy is the author of The Influential School Leader: Inspiring Teachers, Students, and Families Through Social and Organizational Psychology (2021), a book that he co-authored with Dr. John D’Auria.

Participants must attend the in-person and two virtual sessions to receive PDPs and/or CEUs and must pass the quiz following the second virtual session. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available ONLY to current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 01/28/2024.

If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

  • March 8, 2024, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, 565 Maple Street, Danvers, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • March 20, 2024, Virtual, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
  • April 3, 2024, Virtual, 12:30 – 2:30 pm