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Customized Support For Your Organization's Needs

John Van Dreal Consulting is a security consulting practice dedicated to assisting school districts and other organizations improve psychological safety and peace of mind by building effective systems for violence prevention, mitigation, and response. Using leading threat assessment models such as the Salem-Keizer Cascade System as a template, each project focuses on user-friendly applications that are tailored to the unique needs of the client and its culture, community, and budget. 

Headquartered in Salem, Oregon, John has trained or advised hundreds of behavioral threat assessment and security teams throughout the country, helping them improve their violence prevention efforts. If he is unable to do a project, he has associates who can. His referral base is a collective of educators, security and law enforcement professionals, and mental health specialists with expertise in all aspects of violence prevention, security, emergency management, and organizational health. Together, we can examine your current efforts and systems and determine whether additional resources are needed. See Services Offered.

What's New?
Meet our new team members: 

Van Dreal Consulting and Public Consulting Group have teamed up to develop an online behavioral threat assessment system and training for schools. Learn more!

Van Dreal Consulting's new Preventive Threat Assessment Introduction video is now available for preview. 


Expertise. Experience. Collaboration.

John Van Dreal Consulting is a practice that focuses on behavioral threat assessment, violence prevention, and threat assessment/management systems implementation, development, and improvement. However, we also offer direct referral to a network of experts for additional services in school safety, response training, de-escalation, and problematic sexual behavior (outlined below and on the services page).



  • Systemic, Collaborative Threat Assessment

  • General Threat Assessment Training

  • Basic Training in School Threat Assessment ​and Management​

  • Assessing Student Threats in the School: Using the Site-Based Level 1 Student Threat Assessment Protocol

  • Threat Assessment System Review

  • Threat Assessment System Audit

  • Developing a Community-Based Level 2 Threat Assessment and Management Team

  • Threat Assessment Team Coaching and Case Consultation


  • School Safety/Security Systems Consultation and Fidelity Audit

  • Comprehensive School Security: Prevention, Preparation, Response, Recovery

  • Managing Trespasses, De-Escalation, and Building Bridges with Hostile Parents

  • Training Non-Security Staff Members to Think with A Security Lens: Violence Prevention and Mitigation through Options-Based Decision Making

  • Creating and Using an Emergency Operations Center to Address Lockdowns and Other Emergencies in the School


  • Implementing Effective Lockdown Strategies and Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Response

  • Addressing and De-Escalating Hostile, Angry, and Potentially Combative Adults 


  • School-Based Assessment and Management

  • Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children

  • Adult Sexual Misconduct in Schools

  • Problematic Sexual Behavior Assessment System Review and Audit

  • Developing a Community-Based Management Team

  • Assessment Team Coaching and Consultation

"John is one of a small handful of people and organizations that deal with threat assessment, having the background, experience, training, and understanding of how all the elements of a comprehensive threat assessment strategy tie together. He has been a leader in the field for the past two decades. His pragmatic and forward-thinking approach has led numerous school districts to adopt and modify their approaches to identifying students who are on a pathway to violence and other forms of inappropriate behavior. I highly recommend John for any school district or community exploring the development and/or modification of a threat assessment system that is pragmatic, useful, and aligned with leading practice."

— William Modzeleski, Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary (Retired), U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools

Ready to make your school or district a safer space?

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