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   Behavior Threat Assessment Summit  


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 8:00am-5:00pm
Registration will be from 7:15am-8:15am
Medinah Shrine Center 550 Shriners Drive, Addison, Illinois 60101

Recent workplace violence incidents, targeted attacks like the assassination attempt on Representative Gabrielle Giffords, campus shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, and the massacre at Newtown, Connecticut have prompted questions about what can be done to prevent such violence. Prior to these types of attacks, various people surrounding the subject of concern often have significant concerns about the subjectís behavior or have learned about their plans for violence. Planned attacks have been prevented when school and campus administrators, corporate security managers, human resource professionals, or military and government officials have learned of threats and moved quickly to gather information, assess the situation, and intervene where necessary.

The Behavioral Threat Assessment Summit provides a forum and professional development training opportunity to learn how forming a threat assessment team can benefit your organization. Four separate training tracks will be provided, each designed for a specific audience and running simultaneously.


Due to overwhelming registration demands, the registration link has been removed. Please contact Abby Damm for registration information at

355 people are currently registered.

Summit Information

  • Space will be limited to the first 450 Registrants

  • Lodging will not be provided

  • Boxed lunches will be provided. You will be prompted to designate your lunch choice during the registration process. All attendees will receive color coded dots that correspond to your lunch choice. All boxed lunches will include sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie and a drink. Choices are; vegetarian, turkey, pesto chicken, or ham

  • Summit registration deadline is October 29th

  • Please email any general questions to:

  • 8 IEMA Training Credit hours will be provided

  • The Summit is sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.

Session Descriptions

K-12 School Threat Assessment & Threat Management:: Since 2000, federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Secret Service, and FBI have recommended that K-12 schools develop and implement behavioral threat assessment teams to prevent school shootings and other school violence. This course provides instruction in school threat assessment best practices, guidance in developing and operating an effective school threat assessment team, strategies to allow information sharing, and hands-on experience using the recommended U.S. Department of Education / U.S. Secret Service threat assessment procedures in several tabletop exercises. This course will be instructed by Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D., former chief research psychologist, U.S. Secret Service.

College/University Threat Assessment & Threat Management: This course provides an overview of best practices in campus threat assessment and steps for building an effective campus threat assessment process. Participants will learn the principles of campus threat assessment and case management. Topics include identifying the steps that can be taken to initiate a new threat assessment program - or to evaluate and bolster an existing threat assessment team, components of an effective campus threat assessment program, steps in the threat assessment process, and the legal issues concerning privacy and information sharing that can impact a campus threat assessment team. This course is appropriate for college and university administrators, faculty members, staff members, campus law enforcement / security professionals, mental health professionals, risk managers, and university counsel. The course will be instructed by Gene Deisinger, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of Police and Director of Threat Management Services for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Workplace Threat Assessment and Violence Prevention: Recent agency reports and a new national standard strongly recommend that workplaces develop and operate behavioral threat assessment teams - or threat management units - to prevent violence and enhance workplace safety. This course reviews the new standards and presents best practices in workplace threat assessment and threat management. Topics include building a threat assessment program, steps in the threat assessment process, operating procedures, supporting policies, and legal issues. The course includes group exercises that replicate actual threat cases, allowing participants experience in handling cases from start to finish. This training is appropriate for corporate security, business managers, and human resources personnel. This course will be instructed by Andrew Patrick, a Representative with the South Carolina House of Representatives and a former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Session Full

Military and Government Threat Assessment Investigations: Following the Ft. Hood Shootings, a Department of Defense task force concluded that behavioral threat assessment investigations and threat management teams/units are the most effective strategy for preventing insider threats, suicide, domestic violence, workplace violence and school violence. This course provides detailed instruction on how to establish and operate a behavioral threat assessment team or threat management unit, and how to run effective threat assessment investigations in a military or government setting. The course is designed for military and government law enforcement personnel as well as military officers and government professionals in leadership positions. The course is instructed by Dorian Van Horn, former division chief of the NCIS Threat Management Unit. Session Full

  Tentative Summit Agenda   

  Summit Contacts  

Wednesday, November 5th
7:15a - 8:15a
8:15a - 8:45a
Welcome/Opening Remarks
Jonathon Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Don Kauerauf, Chairman, Illinois Terrorism Task Force
James Joseph, Director, DuPage County OHSEM
Steve Neubauer, Chief, Tinley Park Police Department/Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System
8:45a - 9:00a
Break (Move to Training Rooms)
9:00a - 11:30a
School (K-12) and Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
9:00a - 12:00p
Workplace ( Session Full) and Military/Government (Session Full) Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
11:30a - 12:00p
Lunch - School (K-12) and Campus Sessions
12:00p - 2:00p
School (K-12) and Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
12:00p - 12:30p
Lunch - Workplace and Military/Government Sessions
12:30p - 2:00p
Workplace and Military/Government Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
2:00p - 2:15p
2:15p - 4:00p
School (K-12), Campus, Workplace, and Military/Government Behavioral Threat Assessment Training
4:00p - 5:00p
Wrap-up/Closing Remarks
Jonathon Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

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