Don Shomette






No skill is more important...


"Fantastic professional development! It has opened my eyes & will help me to make my school safer and a better place to learn!"


-- Principal 15+ years, St. Louis, MO


FIRST STEP is a two-day advanced professional development course that 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.


Those who possess these skills are invaluable members of their community & profession!


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


In FIRST STEP, you'll learn how to…


  • Conduct student safety assessments & human threat assessments
  • Implement effective intervention techniques to prevent a school attack
  • Identify what stage a 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
  • Predict type & intensity of future student behaviors & calculate potential risk
  • Utilize proactive and effective (included) intervention plans to lower the risk level
  • Administer effective discipline after a student has made a threat of violence
  • Integrate suspended and expelled students safely back into the school
  • Prevent stigmatizing students and alienating parents
  • Positively change the lives of students
  • Enhance your quality of life and raise your school's total climate
  • Protect your school and yourself against civil liability
  • And so much so...


Use FIRST STEP as a stand alone program or to supplement your existing procedures!

You're only as good as your best plan...

If you're walking east searching for a sunset, you'll never find it. Regardless of your passion, commitment, and good intentions, it's never going to happen because you have the wrong plan.


You may be the last person who can prevent a school attack and the risk is too great not to have the best plan in place to save lives. Don't chance it! A wrong plan leads to failure.


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.


Register today and we'll give you the best plan, materials, support, and training.

But don't take our word for it. Instead, take the word of every superintendent, principal, chief of police, sheriff, SRO, DARE Officer, GREAT Officer, Prevention Resource Officer, counselor, teacher, attorney, security officer, youth officer, probation officer, and many others who have attended our training because...

100% of those who've attended our Threat Assessment courses

would recommend them to their friends and well as attend another course by Don Shomette!

What is included?

Each participant will receive 2 days of classroom instruction, a course certificate, 14 hours of in-service credits, certification as an ACT FAST Instructor as well as the materials listed below!



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.

To make it easier and quicker for your to act, we've also created intervention plans that you can modify to fit your current situation and implement almost immediately.

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


One-on-One 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 modify the included intervention plans.

What we're doing is too important to go it alone...we will not leave on your own!


Student & Staff Development Materials


Each participant will receive free staff materials to help prepare your school to prevent a school attack.

Use the PowerPoints and videos to give a brief class to your teachers, students, and staff members or let them watch it on their own--it's up to you! You'll receive access to the following...

Indicators of Danger (PowerPoint)

Every school attacker gives off public indicators of impending danger. Educate your teachers and staff members with this 25 slide PowerPoint for the warning signs to look for that a student is preparing to attack your school.

Response Practicals (PowerPoint)

Use the PowerPoint and worksheets to practice and perfect with your safety team (school leadership) your immediate response steps to indicators of danger.


the process & materials for assessing, intervening, and managing a threat.


Topics & Course Outline

Day 1: 8:30 - 4:00

(classroom instruction & practical applications)

    The purpose, process, and critical steps of a threat assessment

    Effectively applying threat (needs) assessments in a school environment

    Integrating FIRST STEP as a stand alone program or to supplement your personal as well as your school's procedures for responding to threatening behaviors

    Commonalities of the school attackers and lessons learned

    Distinguishing non-threatening behavior from threatening behavior

    Making a 'snapshot' assessment and other immediate life saving actions

    Reading (assessing) student behaviors and determining their true risk level

    Predicting the type, frequency, and intensity of future student behaviors

    Calculating the potential risk level for future violence

Day 2: 8:30 - 4:00

(classroom instruction & practical applications)

    Implementing effective & realistic methods to de-escalate dangerous situations

    Utilizing proactive intervention plans to lower the risk level

    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

    Equipping students and teachers to identify & safely respond to threats

    Creating multiple safety layers to filter out unwanted behavior and violence

    Collaborating effectively with police and other critical support professionals

    Responding to parents, the media, and other members of the community

    Protecting yourself and your school from legal and civil liability

    The benefits of establishing a school threat assessment team


Questions & Answers

Email us at or call 540-577-7200 for additional questions. Please let us know how we can help!

1. Who should attend?


Active law enforcement and those who work inside a public, private, or college level school.


Superintendents, Principals, Deans of Students, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, SRO's, DARE Officers, Threat Assessment Coordinators, Police Supervisors, Teachers, Probation Officers, Security Officers, Youth Services Officers, Members of the Threat Assessment Teams, Youth Correctional Officers, Residential Life Coordinators, Campus Police Officers, Juvenile Detention Specialists, and other school members.

2. Do I first have to attend a 'basic' course?


The course materials and prevention techniques are advanced, but it is not necessary to first attend a basic course. Course participants will leave the professional development with more than a basic understanding of threat assessments and creating intervention plans.

3. I attended your School Threat Assessment Procedures training. Is this the same class?


No, this is a new class with new materials, new threat assessment procedures, and new intervention plans. Because this is also a threat assessment training, there will of course be some cross over but not too much.

4. I don't work in the schools, but I really want this information. Can I attend the class?


The course is designed for school personnel and law enforcement officers. Because of the sensitive nature of the materials, we must be very selective in who attends. Please email us and let us know what you do and why you want to attend the class. We'll do everything we can to accommodate your request!

5. I provide the training for my school district. Can I share the course materials I receive from the class with all the schools in my district?


This professional development is for individual schools. For a school to use the materials, they must send a staff member to the training and that person must be the one who is going to utilize First Step in that school.

Registration Fee

Individual Registration Fee:

$495 per person*

Group Registration:

Schools that send 3 or more to the training

receive the same number in free seats!

Agency In-Service or District Wide Professional Development Fee:

$6,875 for the district*

Organizations that host a course:

Will receive two free seats to the training.

$990 worth of free training


Hosting a course is simple! All you have to do is provide a classroom and help spread the word via your established networks and we'll do the rest. For more information, visit our hosting page or give us a call: 540-577-7200


* Fee includes instruction, materials, support, assistance with completing threat assessments and creating intervention plans, and access to free staff development materials only for the participants and their individual school. For a school to use the materials, they must send a staff member to the training.

All participants must be approved by The Shomette Group which reserves the right to make the final determination of who is permitted to attend a professional development.