Building community capacity for risk/threat assessment and crisis response in Alberta schools

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Snatic, Kerry
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004
This project assessed participants' perceptions regarding the efficacy of a two-day training workshop entitled Building Community Capacity for Risk/Threat Assessment and Crisis Response. Three Ministries of the Government of Alberta ~ Alberta Children's Services, Alberta Learning and Alberta Health and Wellness ~ worked together in 2000 to develop the workshop, following an April 1999 incident in a Southern Alberta high school when a 15 year-old boy fatally shot one student and injured another. The workshop was designed to develop participant communities' capacity to recognize and assess risks and threats and to respond appropriately to crises. Workshops were offered to Alberta school jurisdictions and their community partners between September 2001 and June 2002. Participants included school administrators, trustees, counselors, and teachers; Alberta Mental Health Board managers and therapists; staff from the RCMP, Police, Child and Family Services and Public Health departments; physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists. At the end of the workshop, participants were asked to complete an evaluation. The evaluation instrument included five statements for which respondents indicated their level of agreement or disagreement using a 5-point Likert scale, as well as six open-ended questions requiring written answers and comments. Analysis of the evaluation responses indicated that participants felt the workshop materials and activities were effective in empowering community members to develop their own Risk/Threat Assessment and Crisis Response Protocols. They considered the workshop content informative, particularly the examples developed to illustrate the key concepts being taught.
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School violence -- Alberta -- Risk assessment , School violence -- Alberta -- Prevention , Community and school -- Alberta