VTRA (Violence Threat Risk Assessment) Resources:

Southern Alberta Regional VTRA Protocol – updated October 23, 2015

Forms as referenced in the Protocol document:

Upcoming Training Opportunities:

Level 1 training:

October 29/30, 2018

  • Lethbridge School District (433 – 15 Street South)
  • Email Cayley for additional details, fee, and to register

November 7/8, 2018

  • Holy Spirit (620 – 12B Street North)
  • 8:30 am to 4:00 pm both days
  • $90 includes training manual and lunch
  • Email Cheryl to register

Level 2 training:

  • Typically offered every two years, likely Fall 2019
  • Open to all protocol partners with prerequisite, Level I training


January 19, 2015 – Community partners gathered at CASA Lethbridge to renew their commitment to the SW Alberta Regional VTRA Protocol.

Schools, post-secondary institutions, and communities react in their own unique way to trauma.  Traditional crisis response has typically been a short-term intervention immediately following the incident.  VTRA is referred to as the “missing link” in violence prevention. It is the process of deliberately trying to “connect the dots” or data that paints the picture that someone is moving on a pathway towards serious violence before the violent act occurs.

Southwest Alberta school divisions and community partners first signed a regional VTRA protocol in 2012 as a collaborative response to assessing potential violence with an overall goal to making schools and communities safe.  In January 2015, the protocol was relaunched with a new name, Southwest Alberta Regional VTRA Protocol and an increased number of supporting partners.  All of the partners agreed to intervene as early as possible to all child/youth behaviours that may pose a potential risk for violence to self or others.  The regional protocol balances diversity between rural and urban communities and ensures common understanding of the VTRA process and the development of a multidisciplinary response. Collaborative planning among children/youth, families, schools and community agencies is central to reduce violence and to reflect safe, caring, and restorative approaches that promote supportive interventions and the development of prevention plans.

The regional protocol is based on the model developed through the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Training.