B-HARP's inaugural training series welcomed over 75 members of mental health, education, and law enforcement communities in September 2020. Participants came away from the two-day training equipped with knowledge of threat assessment practices, threat assessment protocols, and forms they could use to implement those protocols at their own sites.
B-HARP also conducted Level 1 Site Trainings with school administrators and psychologists from San Luis Coastal Unified School District and Coast Unified School District. Consulting Expert John Van Dreal led the teams though case studies to build off their previous Level 1 Training and best prepare their school sites to identify and prevent threats.
The Level 1 training was conducted again in October of 2021, with a refresher course for those who had already completed the training and an introductory course for those new to B-HARP.
B-HARP's Level 2 Training is aimed at creating a community wide threat assessment team that can serve the entire community and aid any Level 1 Site Team. To achieve this, we built a team of people who excelled in the Level 1 Training and asked them to return for advanced training with our experts.
This Community Team went through training in September 2020, October 2021, and meets twice a month to examine community threats and practice with case studies.
In October of 2021, B-HARP launched a new training series crafted specifically for Mental Health Providers. We see these providers as a crucial part of our threat assessment community, so we brought in Dr. Manny Tau to train them in helping students who have made threats get the treatment they need and in identifying and relaying threats to our threat assessment professionals.
The training as so popular with our 60 registrants that we are bringing this training back in 2022.
Teachers and staff at campuses are important parts of threat assessment systems. We aim to bring in experts and train our education professionals to be proactive and knowledgeable in their roles on campuses.
B-HARP is currently partnering with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education to create a video training module that is crafted by students, for students. Studies repeatedly show that students have the most information about threats made on campuses. This video, and the training module that accompanies it, will educate students on behaviors of concern, proper reporting mechanisms, and their role in keeping campuses safe.
For the past three years, B-HARP has been focused on K-12 Students. Thanks to additional funding from the SLO County Mental Health Services Act, we are launching an Adult Threat Assessment Model. This Model and Training has the same goals as K-12, but we will be utilizing experts and protocols that are tailored to adults.
This will allow us to help assess threats in SLO County workplaces, colleges, and public spaces.
Taking place February 2023. If you are a mental health professional, law enforcement official, or employee at a K-12 Educational Institution, this is the training for you.
We have finished developing this training and began training local schools in January 2022. Keep a look out for more information regarding teacher and staff training and contact us for more information.