This book is designed to empower school administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, and parents with up-to-date information about the nature of Schoolplace Violence, and ways to prevent it. The evolution and dynamics of Schoolplace Violence are outlined in the book, as well as the precipitants and warning signs, and ways to successfully intervene before tragedy strikes. The book includes descriptions of the psychological profile of perpetrators, victim typology, categories of threats, and optimal procedures for threat and violence management at every stage. There is an in-depth analysis of the myths surrounding violence, and how these myths can become barriers to reporting concerns in a timely manner. The book offers techniques for assessing the lethality of threats, including a discussion of the "copycat phenomenon" and how to respond to this. There are recommendations for training and other security issues, and guidance on forming a Threat Management and Violence Assessment Team within the school. Sample policies and procedures are included, as well as chapters devoted to the aftermath of school violence and Lessons Learned from Columbine. This book is an invaluable resource for those concerned about stopping the lethal trend of Schoolplace Violence. The material covered is delivered in a concise and practical manner that is easily adapted to any school setting.
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I am a police psychologist with an extensive background in violence prediction. I have utilized my training and experiences in this area, as well as practical solutions drawn from the world of workplace violence, to devise interventions to the growing and tragic problem of Schoolplace Violence in today's schools. I originally wrote this book in 1998, when the world still associated the word "columbine" with a flower. Unfortunately many people (including publishers) were still in denial that Schoolplace Violence is, and will continue to be, a serious problem until our society chooses to do something about it. I have designed the book to be utilized as a reference manual for in-the-moment management of threatening situations, and as a guide for implementing long-range proven prevention techniques. By emphasizing the myths that surround violence in our culture, I have tried to bring violence out of the shadows and demonstrate that these incidents are always predictable, and therefore preventable. After finishing this book, readers will have increased understanding of what causes perpetrators to commit these heinous crimes, and will have at their disposal a myriad of effective intervention strategies. My goal in writing this book was to empower those in a position to do something about this increasing problem in today's schools, with the hope of preventing others from suffering the same fate of those previously devastated by acts of Schoolplace Violence.From the Back Cover:
Dr. Kelly A. Zinna earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. Her background includes a specialty in violence prediction, including her tenure at a state hospital for the criminally insane. Dr. Zinna has received specialized training in criminal profiling and hostage negotiation from the FBI.
Dr. Zinna presently performs violence risk assessments for corporations and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. She also specializes in the identification and prevention of Workplace and Schoolplace Violence. Dr. Zinna has conducted hundreds of training workshops for municipalities, public and private agencies, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and police academies. Dr.Zinna has frequently been called to testify as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials. Dr. Zinna is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
Dr. Zinna is the founder of Violence Prevention and Intervention, a psychological firm based in Denver, Colorado. VPI specializes in the predication of violence potential. Services include training on Workplace and Schoolplace Violence issues, policies and procedures, and consultation on managing potentially violent employees and students.
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Book Description Spectra Pub, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110915667258