Behavioral Risk Threat Assessment

Workshop Overview

BERTHA®, is the Behavioral Risk Threat Assessment program which is a licensed program by Firestorm Solutions, LLC.  BERTH will function as part of a school's overall School Violence Prevention Program. With the BERTH process implemented, schools will be able to recognize, and more importantly, respond to early warning signs related to 'behaviors of concern' that won't yet fall into the classification of school violence.

The goal of BERTHA® is to identify, assess, manage, and monitor students exhibiting behaviors of concern, long before they pose a threat of violence to themselves or others. The timing of that identification can range from long before commission of a violent act up to just prior to commission of the act, depending on the risk factors present, information available at that time and other situational factors. All behaviors and threats are not equal. It is important that schools charged with responding to reported behaviors of concern or threats/incidents be properly trained, and have a systematic means of gathering information, conducting an investigation and determining the threat level posed by the situation. BERTHA® identifies the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and teams required and sets forth the steps to follow upon receipt of a tip/report of an incident/threat or behavior of concern.

The training for identified school Behavioral Management Team (BMT) members is delivered in an online training format for authorized licensee holders. Upon successful completion of the online training, participants will receive a certificate of completion from The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, in cooperation with Firestorm Solutions, LLC.  For more information, see our BERTHA® fact sheet

Schools wanting to participate will need to appoint a primary contact person who will be issued one license per school. That contact person should register  via the button entitled "School Authority BERTHA Registration" shown above. Our office will review the information submitted in your pre-application form and communicate  back to you at a later date. 

School Authority BERTHA Registration*

*Please only complete one registration per school.

What you'll Learn

BMT members will receive special training in Behavioral Risk Screening, conflict resolution and procedures to monitor, document, and develop a response to all cases brought to their attention.

In implementing the BERTH process and other school violence prevention and response strategies, each BMT will learn how to:

  • As appropriate, depending on information received, convene immediately to review tips/reports of behaviors of concern/threats/incidents

  • For tips/reports that don’t trigger immediate response from the entire BMT, convene on a regularly-scheduled basis to review all behaviors of concern/threats/incidents/tips reported since the last BMT meeting

  • Designate a BMT member that will serve as scribe during the regularly scheduled meetings

  • When required, conduct Behavioral Risk Screenings

  • Designate a BMT member that will serve as the BMT Leader for each Behavioral Risk Screening

  • Determine when a comprehensive behavioral risk assessment is needed by a third-party Threat Management Professional

  • Develop action and monitoring plans to resolve potential or actual acts of violence

  • Establish relationships with external Threat Management Professionals and law enforcement

  • Identify any gaps in the BERTH program and make recommendations to the Superintendent

  • Stay current with laws, regulations and court cases related to educational institutions

Unique workshop offerings

FIRESTORM® has aggregated best practices from many sources in the mental health, threat assessment, law enforcement and education sectors. Extensive resources include guidance from the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Education, Association of Threat Management Professionals, American Psychological Association, Department of Labor, OSHA, Department of Defense, Colorado School Safety Resource Center and other thought leaders on the topic of school violence. These resources, combined with the experience and learnings garnered from hands-on crisis response to episodes of violence by Firestorm Solutions, LLC, resulted in the design of a process and methodology for BERTH. Integrating this information with the Extensive Firestorm experience in responding to actual episodes of violence has enabled Firestorm to develop both the methodology and processes embodied in the BERTH program.

Workshop Leads

Jim Satterfield

James W. Satterfield

James (Jim) W. Satterfield is the President/CEO and co-founder of FIRESTORM®. Jim is a nationally recognized expert, keynote speaker and author on crisis management, threat assessment, disaster preparedness and business continuity planning. He has experience as President, CEO and COO of various public and private companies in business continuity, communications, crisis management, environmental, insurance, reinsurance, risk management and technology. Jim has extensive expertise in the identification and quantification of risk.

Jim has led in the development of national standards for risk management, environmental risk and environmental due diligence. He has spoken to hundreds of groups on risk management, crisis management, governance, disaster planning and preparedness.

Jim’s analysis and experience in working with thousands of businesses has led to the creation of the FIRESTORM® PREDICT.PLAN.PERFORM.® methodology, the foundation of all FIRESTORM® programs, services and initiatives. Jim emphasizes promoting and enforcing a culture of preparedness to protect an organization’s assets, brand/reputation, revenues and enterprise value.

Jim led the FIRESTORM® team that provided the crisis and media management support at Virginia Tech in response to the shootings, as well as hundreds of other client crisis engagements.

Brenda Truelove

Brenda Truelove 

Brenda is an alumnus of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Health Studies. Her training and development training portfolio with the College of Continuing Studies includes the manufacturing and technology sectors with special emphasis on Maintenance and Supply Chain Logistics Management for industries and service professionals. Her conference related expertise includes Aging Successfully, Alzheimer's/Dementia, Cyberforce Security, Grief and Bereavement, the University’s CISCO Networking Academy, and the 2015 Service Member to Civilian National Summit.

Brenda serves on the Bama at Work Corporate Engagement team as a Program Manager. She regularly engages with corporations and executives to connect resources from the university at large to business needs. She is currently managing the business acumen portfolio of training workshops that include such topics as: Lean/Six Sigma, Maintenance Management, Professionally Speaking, Project Management, and Supply Chain/Logistics.

In February, 2017, Brenda completed training as a Certified Coach in the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching process. She will be using those skills in executive coaching opportunities with business leaders across Alabama and the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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