No skill is more important than being able to complete a student safety assessment!

FIRST STEP gives you the skills, materials, and confidence to quickly and accurately determine if a student who has made a threat to attack the school truly poses a threat to himself and others.

Participants will learn how to assess, intervene, and manage a dangerous student and to guide their school community to respond quickly and appropriately.

Use First Step as stand alone procedures or to enhance your current procedures!

Find a training near you!

2 Days (16 hours)

Credit Hours

14 Credit Hours

who should attend
SRO's/Law enforcement
Social Workers
Safety Team Members

Register 3 or more participants and receive the same number of free seats!

100% of those who attend this course would recommend it to their peers!

why attend

First Step

You may only get one chance to prevent a school attack!

The risk is too great not to have the best plan in place to save lives. Don't chance it! Be prepared! Register today for FIRST STEP and keep your standards high and your efforts focused. Just follow our proven process and it'll guide you through the critical steps to not only effectively assess a threat of violence but also to implement an awesome intervention plan.

With FIRST STEP, you'll be able to…
  • Conduct student safety assessments & human threat assessments
  • Implement effective intervention techniques to manage a dangerous student and to lower the risk of that student using violence
  • Identify how close a student is to attacking the school by identifying what stage that student is on The Path to Violence
  • Distinguish normal from threatening behaviors
  • Identify indicators of imminent or impending danger
  • Assess (read) student behaviors and determine their true risk level
  • Predict future student behaviors & calculate potential risk of each
  • Administer effective discipline after a student has made a threat of violence
  • Blend threat assessment procedures into the academic process
  • Integrate suspended and expelled students safely back into the school
  • Prevent stigmatizing students and alienating parents
  • Respond to teachers, parents, and the media after a student has made a threat to attack the school
  • Confidently make a 'snapshot' assessment and other immediate life saving actions
  • Enhance your quality of life and raise your school's total climate
  • Protect your school and yourself against civil liability
  • And so much more

Praise for First Step

What's Included

Continued Support

If you find yourself conducting a student threat assessment, reach out to us and we'll help you as much as you need--for free! Use us to problem-solve, confirm your findings, or to create intervention plans. What we're doing is too important to go it alone...we will not leave on your own!

Indicators of Danger (PowerPoint)

Every school attacker gives off public indicators of impending danger. Educate your teachers and staff members with this PowerPoint for the warning signs to look for that a student is preparing to attack your school.

Worksheets & Procedures

You'll receive worksheets and procedures to assist you in assessing the threat, making a 'snapshot' assessment, safeguarding potential victims, determining the current risk level, leading interviews, conducting searches, protecting yourself against civil liability, and so much more.

All worksheets and procedures are in printable and PDF prefillable format. Just type it in and print it out.


Topics & Outline

Day 1: 8:30-3:30
  • The purpose, process, and critical steps of a threat assessment
  • Effectively applying threat (needs) assessments in a school environment
  • Commonalities of the school attackers and lessons learned
  • Reading (assessing) student behaviors and determining their true risk level
  • Distinguishing non-threatening behavior from threatening behavior
  • Making a 'snapshot' assessment and other immediate life saving actions
  • Psychology, mindset, and aftermath of murder as well as why kids attack schools

Day 2: 8:30-3:30
  • Calculating the potential risk level for future violence
  • Implementing effective & realistic methods to de-escalate dangerous situations
  • Administering effective discipline after a student has made a threat of violence
  • Integrating students safely and positively back into the school after being suspended for a threat of violence
  • Blending threat assessment procedures into the academic process
  • Responding to parents, the media, and other members of the community
  • Collaborating effectively with police and other critical support professionals
  • Protecting yourself and your school from legal and civil liability

Registration Fee

Have any questions? Call 540-577-7200

$495 per person*

* Price drops signficantly for organizations that send more than 3. See Discount Pricing Tab for details.

Fee includes the following:

14 hours of instruction.
Electronic copies of all worksheets, procedures, and checklist with reprint right.
2 PowerPoints and 2 staff developments.
Course materials including PowerPoint and 2 staff developments.
Continued support from Don Shomette.
Certificate and credit hours (as permitted by your state).

Register 3 or more and receive the same number in free seats!

Schools and police departments that register and pay for 3 or more participants, will receive the same number in free seats.

For example, if you register 6 you get 6 free seats to the trainings!

Seats can be shared between school personnel and law enforcement officers!

$6,875 for up to 50 participants!

Host the event at your school district, local Police Department, training facility, or police academy and invite up to 50 participants to attend.

This fee includes expenses, materials, and classroom instruction.

Host an event and receive 2 free seats!

Hosting a class is super easy! All you have to do is to provide a classroom and help advertise via your established networks. We'll do the rest. We create the flyer, registration page, process registrations, and handle all payments.

There's no fee to host an event.
Minimum class size is 15 and max is whatever the room can comfortably hold.
Call 540-577-7200 or email to get the ball rolling!

Additional Questions?

Please call 540-577-7200 or email and let us know how we can help!

Quick Tips

Blogs, Videos, Podcasts, and other Helpful Resources!

Should You Keep a Can of Soup on Your Desk?

Surviving an Attack

5 Minute Read


I'm Going to Kill You!

How do I know if this is just words or something more?

8 Minute Read


Should I Change My Safety Plans?

70% of all school attackers are students and know exactly what we do in a lockdown. Does that mean we should change them?

6 Minute Read


Should Teachers Be Armed?

Part 1 of a 3 part Video Series

15 Minutes



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