BERTHA is an online training program that functions as part of a school's overall School Violence Prevention Program. With the Behavioral Risk Threat Assessment (BERTHA) process implimented, 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 purpose of BERTHA is to enable schools to prevent incidents of school violence in the first instance. It is not a process of prediction. The training 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.