Rhode Island School Psychologists Association (RISPA)

Threat & Suicide Risk Assessment: Developing a proactive and consistent approach to evaluating risk

  • 29 Sep 2016
  • 7:45 AM - 3:55 PM (EDT)
  • Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886

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About the Presenter

Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph. D., NCSP, LPC is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed special education teacher. She is an adjunct instructor at Winthrop University and school psychologist (pre-k—12th grade). She worked in public schools and day and residential treatments programs. 

Dr. Reeves is a coauthor of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, trauma and PTSD, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is a co-author of multiple books and publications and was elected to serve as the 2016-17 President of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Overall goals:

  • To establish a consistent school or district-wide approach to threat and suicide risk assessment. 
  • The critical factors contributing to risk to include current statistics and early identification of warning signs.
  • Best practice guidelines as established by prior legal cases and lessons learned from reports.
  • Primary prevention strategies to break the code of silence.
  • About a variety of threat and risk assessment models and measures that guide assessment procedures.
  • Strategies for intervention and post-intervention.
  • Strategies for working with difficult parents.
  • From case study examples and shared forms that illustrate the risk assessment process.

Intended audience: school mental health professions; (school psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses), administrators, SRO’s, school security, anyone else who may serve risk/threat assessment teams (e.g. special education case managers).


7:45 Registration

8.15 Welcome: RISPA President

8.30 Presentation

10.00 Morning Break

10.15 Presentation Continues

12.00 Lunch

1.00 Presentation Resumes

2.15 Brief Break

2.25 Presentation Continues

3.55 Questions & Answers

RISPA is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists. RISPA maintains responsibility for the program. 6 NASP CPD credits will be awarded for attendance of entire event.

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