Risk Mitigation Strategies That Reduce Threats
What Is Threat Assessment and Mitigation?
Schools, workplaces and community organizations prioritize the safety of their students, employees and members. Yet when a person begins to act strangely or makes others feel unsafe, these organizations search for ways to understand this person's risk of threat and violence to others. Threat assessment and management is the evaluation process that identifies, evaluates and mitigates the risk of harm to other people.
Many schools, businesses and organizations have working threat assessment teams and procedures. These internal threat assessment teams respond to the everyday issues of disgruntled employees, customers and students. Occasionally it is necessary to have a clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral threat assessment to evaluate an individual’s risk of threat to others in the current context and circumstances. Most importantly, the psychologist assists the organization in identifying and implementing risk mitigation strategies that will reduce the threat of harm and violence that are consistent with the setting. The threat assessment psychologist needs to preserve the confidentiality of the person, the employer, and school or organization while promoting safety and effective communication.
Examples of situations that may benefit from a Threat Assessment Evaluation:
A disgruntled employee with a history of threats and substance use at work
An employee with a ruptured romantic relationship that has spilled into the workplace
A student who is following and threatening another student
An employee with threatening behavior after being denied a promotion.
Services in Threat Assessment
Individual Threat Assessment Evaluations
Dr. Good begins with a consultation with the organization to understand the concerns, history, and current efforts of the internal threat assessment team. She conducts the individual threat assessment in which she establishes the level of risk and makes recommendations for mitigating risk most effectively. She integrates her recommendations into the existing structures of the organization and initial work of the team.
Dr. Good consults with organizations on their threat assessment policies and processes as well as consultation about specific situations to determine whether an individual Threat Assessment is warranted.
One of the best ways to prevent workplace violence is by creating a work environment and culture that promotes effective communication and has managers trained in screening for possible threat.
Dr. Good has expertise in threat assessment with higher education institutions as well as human service organizations such as mental health clinics, substance abuse treatment centers, and domestic violence services.