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The goal of BERTHA® is to identify, assess, manage, and monitor persons 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.
Firestorm has aggregated best practices from many sources in the mental health, threat assessment, law enforcement and education sectors. Extensive resources include guidance from the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Education, Association of Threat Management Professionals, American Psychological Association, Department of Labor, OSHA, Department of Defense, Colorado School Safety Resource Center and other thought leaders on the topic of school violence.
These resources, combined with the experience and learning garnered from hands-on crisis response to episodes of violence by Firestorm Solutions, LLC, resulted in the design of a process and methodology for BERTHA®. Integrating this information with the Extensive Firestorm experience in responding to actual episodes of violence has enabled Firestorm to develop both the methodology and processes embodied in the BERTHA® program.