Learning Opportunity

Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Level 2

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Facilitator: Patrick Rivard

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Jan 23, 2024 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Jan 24, 2024 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm MDT)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (Fantasyland Hotel)
17700 - 87 Avenue
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Session Code: 24-IE-001
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience

District Leaders/Consultants, Law Enforcement, Professionals who work with at risk populations

Also Recommended For

Teachers (Grade K-12). School-based Administrators, Inclusive Learning Teachers

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


This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 3. Embodying Visionary Leadership

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • 4. Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the Facilitator

Pat Rivard

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... Read more »