Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

Rachel Nielsen’s Tips for Addressing Concerning or Threatening Behaviors

Tips for Addressing Concerning or Threatening Behaviors

Rachel Nielsen created these helpful tips for you to address concerning or threatening behaviors. Please review the image below.

Tips for Addressing Concerning or Threatening Behaviors:

  1. Approach the situation with a tone of curiosity, wanting to learn more about the person and understand what is occurring.

  2. Avoid getting into a debate about the ideology or belief system itself.

  3. Find out more about what is important to the person to leverage strengths.

  4. Listen about their struggles and hardships that could lead to a “grudge.”

  5. Ask about the important people in their life who could be a positive influence.

  6. Show empathy and compassion for their emotions while being careful not to condone dangerous or violent behavior.

  7. Be aware of your own beliefs and expectations that could impact your perception of the situation, the level of risk, and your actions (or choice not to act).

  8. Explore their sense of identity and belonging, or whether this is a need.

  9. Identify their talents, skills, resources, and connections that could be nurtured and provide prosocial outlets.

  10. Determine if their basic needs are being addressed and provide resources.

  11. Consider your role and what help you can offer to the individual, family, or system.

  12. Express concern about what would happen to the individual and others if the person acted in a violent way.

  13. As early as possible, be clear and transparent about your role, expectations, potential consequences of working or refusing to work with you, reporting and information practices, and other relevant policies and procedures, laws, rules,

Created by: Dr. Rachel Nielsen

Download PDF HERE

This article is from the free online

Understanding and Addressing Extremism Teach-Out

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education