School Safety

School Crisis Team Development: Developing Risk Options

October 7, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Free of charge to all Massachusetts educators.

Speaker: James Barrett, Ph.D., Director of the Clinical Support Unit, Cambridge Police; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Webinar Description
Threat assessments are only as good as the risk mitigation options available to be put in place by school crisis teams. This session will utilize the Secret Service guide, "Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence" to teach participants how to create risk management strategies. The session will focus on utilizing the data from threat assessments to inform risk management options as well as how school teams can identify and collaborate with supports and services in the community to create tailored and effective risk management options.  

About the Speaker
James Barrett, Ph.D., Psychologist, Cambridge Police Department, 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.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Click here to view Dr. James Barrett's slides.

While this series is open to all Massachusetts educators, only attendees from districts who belong to MPY may apply for PDPs and/or CEUs.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY 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 (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
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