Threat Assessment

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What is Threat Assessment?

Threat assessment is a structured process used to evaluate the risk posed by a person, typically as a response to an actual or perceived threat or concerning behavior. The primary purpose of a threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence.

Threat Assessment Services

  • Case Consultation-Dr. Holifield can assist school-based threat assessment teams evaluate and manage individual threat cases.  Dr. Holifield can provide additional assistance for cases that are complex or require an additional opinion to support school team conclusions about  threat potential, threat management, and educational management (discipline, intervention, etc.).


  • School Threat Team Coaching- In Dr. Holifield's years of experience, he often was relied upon as the lead investigator for a district as well as supporting school threat team members' in case analysis and refining school team roles. Dr. Holifield can aid Threat Team Development with reviewing procedures, previous case management, and developing team roles and cohesion.


  • Threat Assessment and Disabilities-Dr. Holifield has conducted threat assessments within the framework of IDEA and 504.He presently works with an agency that serves children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. Having worked in and consulted with therapeutic residential settings, therapeutic day schools, group homes, and supported living, Dr. Holifield uses a behavioral systems approach to working with behavior in context. He can assist school teams to tease out contextual variables that may lead to aggressive or violent behavior , and also provide management and intervention recommendations.

Dr. Holifield's Expertise

Over the past 26 years, Dr. Holifield has worked as a psychologist in residential, inpatient, therapeutic-day school, and private practice settings, focusing on assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who have exhibited aggressive and violent behaviors. Specific accomplishments include:


  • Threat assessment management and consultation 
  • Presentations to school and campus-based teams
  • Developing school team and school district threat management procedures/policies

San Luis Obispo Threat Assessment Program (SLOTAP)

Dr. Holifield is the Grant Coordinator for a new community-based threat assessment program. The focus is integrating threat assessment, threat management, and threat monitoring among community institutions (education, law enforcement, and behavioral health). The final goal will be to examine community-based monitoring and intervention approaches for individuals who have made threatening gestures. The program applied for funding via the Innovation component of the Mental Health Services Act of California (Proposition 63). Pending final state funding approval, SLOTAP is anticipated to begin the ramp-up process in the Fall of 2019.

SLOTAP Link