For Immediate Release / November 7, 2019

RCMP - Invitation to VTRA Signing Ceremony December 4th

The Official Signing of the SAS (St Albert & Sturgeon Regional) VTRA (Violence Threat Risk Assessment and Intervention) Protocol will be taking place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the St. Albert Curling Club. Signatories from throughout the region will be attending this ceremony as this protocol comes into official status. You are welcome to join this event and hear from signatories about the importance of this collaborative approach for children or youth who pose a risk for violence in the schools or in the community.

VTRA stands for "Violence Threat Risk Assessment". The primary purpose of the VTRA training is to teach school administrators, counsellors, HR administrators, police officers, and other related partners (community mental health, social services, probation, etc.) the multidisciplinary process of assessing threats and violent situations.

The Community Protocol between schools and other community partners such as mental health, various police services, children’s aide societies, probation, hospitals, etc., promotes a common language and understanding of the VTRA model, making use of a broad range of expertise, and solidifying the importance of the multi-disciplinary approach that has proved to be so beneficial. Protocols foster timely collaboration and sharing of information about children/youth who pose a risk for violence towards themselves or others while respecting an individual’s right to privacy to the fullest extent possible. These protocols also promote supportive interventions and preventative plans being put into place for the child or youth.

NACTATR, which stands for "North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response", was established by J. Kevin Cameron in the aftermath of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton Colorado and a second school shooting eight days later in Alberta, Canada. Mr. Cameron led the school-based crisis team in Canada and under Secondment with the Alberta Government in 1999 began to develop the VTRA and TES Models. In 2001 NACTATR was formally established. To learn more about NACTATR, please visit  www.nactatr.com

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