In-Person Conference – Establishing and Enhancing Threat Assessment Teams: The Importance of School Safety

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Minuteman High School, Lexington


James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Support Services, Cambridge Police Department, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School; B. Heidi Ellis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Director, Trauma and Community resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Brian Leblanc, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Boston, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Squad CT-2 Domestic Terrorism/Threat Response; Scott Morrison, Ed.D. Superintendent, Tri-Town School Union


Incidents of school violence profoundly impact our schools and communities, making it essential to ensure safe school environments for students and staff. This conference’s central theme will be establishing and enhancing threat assessment teams as an important tool to prevent targeted school violence. Additionally, this conference will examine how to develop positive school climates built on a culture of safety, trust, respect, and emotional support. Research shows that this is a crucial component to prevent targeted violence at schools and, therefore, it is critical for school leaders to proactively develop and sustain safe school cultures.

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