The Berks County Intermediate Unit will host the next Keeping Kids Safe Symposium on April 15, 2021. This year’s event will be held virtually via Zoom.
Dr. Lina Alathari, Chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center, will highlight relevant past incidents and include findings and recommendations from the National Threat Assessment Center’s latest research publications on targeted school violence and averted school attacks at K-12 schools in the United States. It will also focus on how communities can use a multidisciplinary approach to identify, assess, and intervene with students exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors as early as possible.
This virtual one-hour event is a precursor to a full day conference continuing the discussion for Keeping Kids Safe: Raising our Awareness – Threat Assessment, School Safety and Work Climate which will be held on October 19, 2021 at the DoubleTree in Reading.
Dr. Lina Alathari is the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), where she oversees the center’s targeted violence behavioral research program. The findings from these projects have identified behaviors, motives, and triggers of individuals who engage in various forms of violence, including school and workplace violence.
Dr. Alathari also oversees NTAC’s training and consultation programs. She frequently presents on threat assessment to federal, state, and local law enforcement; international security agencies; and schools. She has testified before congress and provides guidance to government agencies, K-12 schools, universities, and corporations on threat cases and establishing threat assessment programs.
Dr. Alathari’s previous experience includes mental health treatment, behavior analysis, and crisis intervention. Immediately prior to joining the U.S. Secret Service, Dr. Alathari worked at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, an inpatient state psychiatric facility, where she oversaw the behavior management program for patients who posed a risk for violence, self-harm, and suicide.
Community partners, including elected officials, mental health professionals, and first responders are also invited to attend.