Violence Risk Assessment

More and more schools are looking to in-source the capacity to perform violence risk assessments by behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams. This course will show you how.

Sample Course Agenda



Learn NABITA’s various tools to perform violence risk assessments: SIVRA-35, ERIS, and Looking Glass.

Through the use of case studies and training videos such as The New Orleans Interviews and the Violence Risk Assessment Training Videos, attendees will learn common risk factors for violence and how to assess overall risk.

The Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) is a 35-item inventory that is used to assist Behavioral Intervention Team members and clinical staff in conducting a more thorough and research-based violence risk assessment. The SIVRA-35 is designed to assist with individuals identified as elevated, severe, or extreme risk by the NABITA Risk Rubric or using similar methodologies.

Attendees will be given an overview of how to identify the potential for radicalized, extremist violence using the Extremist Risk Intervention Scale. This portion of the training will offer clinicians, administrators, law enforcement, student conduct officers, and those familiar with threat assessment principles an advanced topic review on how best to identify and assess social media threats.

NABITA’s newest violence risk assessment tool is used to assess emails, creative writing, or non-fiction that contain direct threats or violent themes of concern. In this training, participants will discuss how a team can deploy a set of questions to determine whether these threats are true threats or if they are simply howling behaviors or part of the student’s creative process.

In this course, you will:

  • Review common cases of threat from social media posts, emails, and creative fiction
  • Explore and discuss key threat assessment concepts used to better parse the difference between a real threat and other concerning writings
  • Review how issues of culture, personal background, requirements for certain writing majors, and generational differences contribute to the growing concern around threat in creative writing and social media posts
  • Assess and discuss threat levels from emails or creative fiction and develop intervention plans
  • Understand the importance of risk factors related to rampage violence and how this research can be helpful in forming an accurate threat assessment
  • Review common risk factors on the SIVRA-35 and understand how to apply these during a threat assessment process
  • Explore the nature of structured professional judgment and scenario planning as it applies to identifying and managing threat on a college campus
  • Review the motivations, dis-inhibitors, and environmental factors that help contribute to understanding the formulation of violence risk
  • Discuss ways to better manage at-risk students on campus through developing case management and treatment plans to address at-risk behavior
  • Explore the nature violence in terms of threat assessment principles, risk factors and management, and referral techniques through threat assessment videos
  • Review key factors and behaviors related to rampage violence and understand how to intervene and report these behaviors

Who should attend?

  • Those looking to in-source the capacity to perform violence risk assessments
  • BIT & Threat Team Members
  • Conduct Officers
  • Counseling Staff (clinical and non-clinical), Guidance and Adjustment Counselors
  • Case Management Staff (clinical and non-clinical), Social Services, Special Education/IEP
  • Police and Law Enforcement (sworn and non-sworn), Probation Officers
  • Faculty, Teachers, Instructors, Academic Advisors, and Tutors
  • Human Resources


Live, Interactive Online Training

  • $1,299 Member
  • $1,399 Non-Member

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All registration fees include attendance for all days of training and extensive training materials. Registration fees apply to all attendees, including Super Members and retainer clients.

Continuing Certification Credits (CCCs) will be included. Instructions on how to access your certificate will be sent within 7-10 days of the training completion.

*You must attend all dates in your session to receive credit for attendance.


  • March 2-3
    10:00am - 5:00pm ET