Threat assessment training
Campuses cannot ignore the cases of campus violence shared from across the country. In order to prepare for violence on our own campus, Dean of Students April Thompson brought Gene Deisinger from Sigma Threat Assessment Associates to campus for a two-day workshop. Deisinger wears two hats—one as deputy chief of police at Virginia Tech, and the other as director of threat management services there. He holds a PhD in counseling psychology and is a licensed psychologist, a certified health service provider in psychology and a certified law enforcement officer. At the beginning of the training, he jokingly admitted that he’s everyone’s worst nightmare: “I’m a shrink with a badge and a gun.”
Over 100 concerned faculty, staff and community members participated in the first day of training, with a smaller group working through case studies the second day.
As members of the University community, we encourage anyone concerned about any University students to contact our Students of Concern Committee by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 607-777-2804.