Violence Prevention & Threat Assessment 101
Abstract: Recent mass murders in Charleston, South Carolina; Aura, Colorado; Blacksburg, Virginia; Ft. Hood, Texas; and Newtown, Connecticut have increased our awareness predatory violence and the horrific effects it can have in our schools, workplaces and communities. Employers, universities, and school systems are making concerted efforts to proactively assess individuals who may pose risks through threat assessment teams and processes. The presenter will discuss elements of the threat assessment process, counselor's roles in this process, and ways that they are critical to the decreasing risks for identified individuals of concern.
- Participants will understand the concept of predatory violence.
- Participants will be able to identify risk behaviors for predatory violence.
- Participants will understand the primary goals of a threat assessment team.
- Participants roles for counselors in the threat assessment and intervention process.
Bio of Presenter:
Ed Markowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor and operates a private practice in the Raleigh areas. He also serves as the Case Manager for the NC State Violence Prevention and Threat Management Program. In this capacity, Ed is responsible for assessing threats or acts of violence, domestic or dating violence, or stalking behaviors that affect the University community. Ed works collaboratively with members of the Behavioral Assessment Team to develop, coordinate, and execute case recommendations. Ed is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and has extensive training on best practices in the field of threat assessment.
Prior to joining NC State, Ed worked at the Johns Hopkins University and Medical Institutions in the Faculty, Staff, and Student Assistance Programs. His responsibilities included the provision of clinical counseling, diagnostic assessment, referral, crisis intervention services, and management of "high risk" employees and students.