Students in Distress:
Connecting the Dots Early 

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About this Webinar

Students dealing with personal distress, domestic issues, mental health concerns, unstable environments, or other challenges may struggle to learn. Additionally, low-level concerns about students, if left unattended, may even lead to a pathway of violence. This can become a threat to the safety of all staff and students.

Our panel of experts will explore the principles of how to address students in distress, the importance of early intervention, aspects of behavioral threat assessment, and how all of it works in the real world of hallways, classrooms, lunchrooms, school buses, and beyond. We will also explore the principles of safeguarding, an effective methodology used throughout the UK for student wellbeing, and how it can be applied to US schools to help identify low-level concerns and provide early behavioral interventions.

Key Takeaways

  • Improving student outcomes by recognizing and addressing low-level concerns
  • Empowering school staff to catalog concerns of students in the early stages of distress
  • Understanding the Pathway to Violence and the use of Behavioral Threat Assessment models
  • Exploring the impact of early intervention on preventing school violence

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About the Presenters

Amy Grosso, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health, Round Rock ISD, TX

Amy Grosso, Ph.D. serves as the first Director of Behavioral Health at Round Rock ISD. In that role, she oversees programs for students who are in crisis or at risk due to depression, grief, suicidal ideation, anger, inadequate social skills, disruptive behavior, or family problems. Dr. Grosso also serves on the National Chapter Leadership Council of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She co-authored the book, “Schoolwide Collaboration for Transformative Social Emotional Learning” (August 2021).

Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D., Executive Director of Threat Management, Ontic 

Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Threat Management at Ontic. She is also the former CEO and founder of SIGMA Threat Management Associates, LLC. She is recognized internationally as an expert on threat assessment and threat management, school shootings, other targeted violence, and protective intelligence investigations. She also serves as director of threat assessment for Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Randazzo served for ten years with the U.S. Secret Service, most recently as the agency’s chief research psychologist. She is co-author of two leading books: “The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment and Management Teams” (2008) and “Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus: A Virginia Tech Demonstration Project” (2009).

Nigel Taylor M.A., Safeguarding & Child Protection Consultant, Nigel Taylor Consulting

Nigel was a highly successful Head for 30 years in the Independent (private) sector in the UK and overseas. An experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), former Board Member of Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and is an accredited safeguarding consultant of The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). He is an elected Board member of The Association of Governors Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS), and Governor of Court of The Mill Hill School Foundation and Hazelwood Prep. He is a member of the School Safeguarding Team of the law firm, GBH Law, specializing in safeguarding investigations. He has a research interest in safeguarding and child protection in affluent environments.

Join us as our panel discusses the importance of empowering school staff to address low-level concerns and improving student wellbeing with early intervention.