John Van Dreal is a school psychologist and owner of John Van Dreal Consulting, a practice dedicated to assisting school districts and other organizations improve psychological safety and peace of mind by building effective systems for violence prevention, mitigation, and response. Previously John was the director of security, safety, and risk management for the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon.
John began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Cascade Model, a multiagency student violence prevention and behavioral threat assessment (BTA) system, in 1999. With more than 30 years of experience in preventive BTA and management, psycho-educational evaluation, crisis intervention, behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation, his program is considered the gold standard by both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Education.
In April 2022, John released a book named “Youth Violence Prevention: The Pathway Back through Inclusion and Connection”. The book emphasizes the importance of early intervention and prevention through BTA. It underscores the significance of providing a positive school environment for the younger generation, which can be achieved by fostering connection, inclusion and prosocial relationship building, as well as restoring positive experiences.