Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management for K-12 Schools

Courses by Dr. Melissa A. Reeves

PCG offers a four-module course series: BTAM101, BTAM102, BTAM103, and BTAM104: Foundations, Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management: Best Practices for K-12 Schools. This series was developed in 1998 to provide research and guidance.

BTAM Best Practices for K-12 Schools Foundational Training

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About This Course

This series of course modules will focus on the process and procedures needed to establish a consistent school- or district-wide approach to behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM). Integrating insight from current statistics, case studies, legal cases, and post-incident reviews, these courses will teach the roles and responsibilities of a multidisciplinary team. This workshop accompanies the book Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management: K-12 Schools by Dr. Reeves.


This course includes:

BTAM 101- Foundations of Threat Assessment

BTAM 102 - Legal & Ethical Considerations

BTAM 103 - 8-Steps to Building a Threat Assessment Program

BTAM 104 - Conducting a Threat Assessment

BTAM 103 and 104 modules also include the following downloadable worksheets and resources to guide the BTAM process:

  • 8-Step Action Plan
  • screening tool
  • case worksheet
  • interview questions
  • and sample report forms for teams to use when conducting a threat assessment


Through these courses, participants will learn:

  • How to establish a consistent school or district-wide approach to BTAM using the eight steps identified by USSS/NTAC
  • How to assess for risk using best practice guidelines and procedures established by the US Secret Service and US Dept of Education
  • How to conduct a BTAM screening and full assessment
  • The critical risk factors and warning signs contributing to risk
  • Primary prevention strategies to break the code of silence
  • Strategies for intervention, postvention, and working with difficult parents
  • Legal and ethical considerations when conducting a threat assessment


These courses are essential for any professionals serving on school or district BTAM teams such as school administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers, school resource officers, and school law enforcement. They can also be helpful for interventionists, special education professionals or case managers, nurses, community mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, and those who work with threat assessment cases.