Upcoming Events


With the move to closing the campuses of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools and the general shift to working from home in recent weeks, there has been a sharp increase in threatening email communications. When combined with the recent rise in worry, stress, and frustration from students, faculty and staff, there is a need for a straightforward process to triage these concerns.

Looking Glass is an easy to learn expert system designed to assess online and written content. This approach to evaluating online communications, written narratives and social media posts is a must-have supplemental to your existing violence risk and threat assessment process. Based on research from their upcoming book by Taylor and Francis, An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing: Social Media, Email, and other Narrative, Jeff Solomon will share this effective and efficacious approach with you and discuss how to asses threat through the psychological, criminal, student conduct and legal perspectives.

Agenda

  • 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Pacific Time – Assessing Online Communication, Social Media, and Written Narratives
    • Review the key escalating and mitigating factors used in a violence risk assessment of emails, social media posts and written narratives.
    • Understand and explore how to use the Looking Glass process to assess risk and drive appropriate interventions from counseling, law enforcement, and student discipline perspectives while reducing legal risk to the college, K-12 school or workplace.
    • Review literature related to threat assessment, leakage, transient and substantive threats, mental health, threat risk factors, protective factors and suicide.
  • 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific Time – Five Case Studies in Assessing Email, Social Media, and Written Narratives
    • Review the key escalating and mitigating factors in a violence risk assessment of emails, social media posts and written narratives as they apply to five different case studies.
    • Discuss common scoring questions related to the Looking Glass system while addressing concepts of validity, using the process with special populations, and issues of cultural bias.
    • Have an opportunity to ask questions and receive direct feedback on their current cases related to threatening or disturbing emails, social media posts or written narratives.
  • 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Pacific Time – Addressing the Legal, Psychological, Criminal, and Conduct Challenges
    • Review the importance of developing a research-based, equitable process for all that mitigates the potential for bias in information gathering, assessment and the selection and deployment of interventions.
    • Explore the overlap among conduct, counseling and law enforcement and ensuring a best-practice approach that brings together multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention.
    • Discuss three recent cases and offer observations on good and bad practices related to these events.