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Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Level 2

Facilitator(s): Pat Rivard
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Nov 26, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Nov 27, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (Sandman Hotel Edmonton West)
17635 Stony Plain Rd
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Course code: 20-IE-069

Target Audience

District Leaders/Consultants

Also Recommended For

Teachers (Grades K to 12); School-based Administrators; Support Staff; Inclusive Learning Teachers; Educational/Instructional Assistants; Specialists who work directly with students; Para-educators and teams who serve children and youth

About this learning opportunity

This two-day training is for those professionals who have already obtained their Level I status. Building on the theory and practice of threat/risk assessment is the more comprehensive process of data analysis and strategic interviewing. In all threat assessment cases the practice is broken down into two simplistic categories: assessing the threat and assessing the threat maker. In most cases we can do both but in some cases we can only assess the threat because the threat maker has not been identified, such as in our many unauthored threat assessment cases across Canada during the 2007- 2008 school year. Therefore, being able to assess the level of commitment from the language of the threat is a focus. This also includes assessing the language of known authors and threat makers as well.

“Not everyone is meant to do threat assessment interviewing.” Some professionals are not good interviewers or have chosen to not take the time to prepare before conducting “the interview” and have contaminated the formal practice of multidisciplinary threat/risk assessment sometimes resulting in false positive and false negative assessments. As such the training also identifies and fine tunes key elements of good strategic interviewing. This requires a deeper understanding of the four typologies of high risk for violence youth and the related strategies for interviewing such. It also includes how and why to ask particular questions at particular times. Student actors are utilized for part of day two to assist participants in the practice of multidisciplinary collaboration in planning interview questions and in the follow through of managing and interviewing the student of concern and others related to the process. This includes interviewing and assessment of the “reporter”, “collaterals”, “target(s)”, “parents(caregivers)”, “threat maker”, and others.

For a full overview and course outline of VTRA, please visit: VTRA Overview and Course Outline

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Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Level 1 - CLICK the link to register

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #1: Fostering Effective Relationships
  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #9: Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the facilitator(s)

Pat Rivard M.Ed., B.Ed., B.S.W., ICF Integration Coach.

Pat Rivard is a National Trainer with the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR). Pat recently transitioned from an 18 year career in Education where he served students and communities as a teacher, principal and 9 years in senior leadership in two school divisions in Alberta. In 2017 Pat was recognized for his leadership in VTRA protocol development with a National Award for his outstanding contributions in the advancement of VTRA practice demonstrating a tireless commitment towards providing safe and caring environments for students and community. Beyond his years of experience in Education, Pat is uniquely qualified to comprehend the complexities of multiagency collaboration being initially trained as a Social Worker. During the early part of his career, Pat worked in Child Welfare and subsequently had a two-year career as a family counsellor.

Pat is currently the training lead in North America’s largest urban Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) initiative. With funding through Public Safety Canada, Pat is collaborating with the City of Toronto, Toronto Police Service and 100 other agencies in Toronto in support of their City-wide FOCUS program with a special emphasis on Violent Extremism. He is also consulting with NACTATR’s American operations in the development of their new “human assisted” software referred to as TACTIC which will assist multiagency VTRA teams to streamline their practice from initial screening to Stage One and Two Assessment and Interventions.

As well, Pat is an Alberta born Francophone whose entire career has been as a professional in the English sector. As such, he is NACTATR’s only bilingual trainer who has been training Level One and Two VTRA in both languages for the past three years. Recently, Pat has taken a lead with Francophone leaders from the New Brunswick Government for the development of enhanced VTRA Protocols and the streamlining of training and practice for both Anglophone and Francophone sectors.


Twitter: @NACTATR