Salem-Keizer Cascade BTA Courses by John Van Dreal

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is excited to offer the online courses, Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA) 101 & 102: The Salem-Keizer Cascade Model.

These courses were co-developed by PCG and John Van Dreal, author of the Salem-Keizer Cascade Model. This leading model was developed over 20 years by an educator for educators and the community.

Behavioral Threat Assessment 101 (BTA101)


This four-hour course assists professionals from schools and partnering agencies with identifying risk factors, prevention strategies, and management options for violent behavior, such as school shootings.

The information provided in the course focuses on how threats of violence can be systematically investigated, and school and community attacks can be prevented. The course teaches staff and community members to understand threatening behavior, to know how to identify signs of attack, and then to move quickly to assess and de-escalate a situation.

With the Salem-Keizer Cascade preventive behavioral threat assessment system as a model, this course provides a template for building a sustainable, school-based threat assessment system composed of school site teams and community-based collaboration.


Click here to download the BTA101 course outline. 




Behavioral Threat Assessment 102 (BTA102)


This four-hour course reviews Level 1 Protocol forms, shows how to build a site-level team, and explores the importance of confidentiality related to the law and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Learners apply threat assessment knowledge and sharpen skills using three new case studies.

With the Salem-Keizer Cascade preventive behavioral threat assessment system as a model, the course builds upon BTA101 and provides participants with the auxiliary resources necessary to create a comprehensive school site team assessment.


Click here to download the BTA102 course outline. 



About Our Partner, John Van Dreal

John Van Dreal

John Van Dreal is a school psychologist and the retired director of security, safety, and risk management for the Salem-Keizer School District. He has more than 30 years of experience in preventive behavioral threat assessment and management, psycho-educational evaluation, crisis intervention, behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation. He is recognized internationally as an expert in threat assessment and a pioneer of multi-disciplinary threat assessment.

In 1999, John began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Cascade Model, a multi-agency student violence prevention and behavioral threat assessment system that is considered by experts to be a leading practice and is identified by the U.S. Department of Education and the What Works Clearinghouse as a best-practice program. In addition to behavioral threat assessment, the collaborative, multi-disciplinary model is now a comprehensive preventive assessment and safety planning system that includes suicide risk assessment and prevention, fire misbehavior assessment, and problematic sexual behavior assessment and management. Through that collaboration, he has worked daily with educators, law enforcement, human resources, trial court personnel, juvenile justice, and mental health professionals in the assessment and management of youth and adult threats of aggression within schools, higher education, public and private institutions, and the community.

John has also served as a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team since 1999. He is the editor and principal author of the book, Assessing Student Threats: Implementing the Salem-Keizer System, Second Edition, and has co-authored a number of threat assessment and school security projects, including legislative proposals from the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on School Safety.

Please visit the John Van Dreal Consulting website, John Van Dreal Consulting, to read John's full bio and learn more about his experience, background, and available services.