School Guardian Programs: A Psychological Perspective

September 15, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Dr. McDougall will discuss his experience with numerous law enforcement agencies and school boards who have implemented school guardian programs.  Although the popularity of these programs continues to grow, they remain highly debated and controversial.  Dr. McDougall will present the pros and cons of these programs.  Special attention will be placed on the psychological components of the programs which range from the pre-training psychological screenings to the emotional and psychological challenges of the program participants.


Dr. Grant McDougall is a licensed mental health counselor and a national board-certified counselor.  He owns Southeastern Counseling and Consultation in Gainesville, Florida; a private organization that specializes in serving first responders and law enforcement agencies.

He is a current board member of the National Sheriff’s Association’s Psychological Section and the provider of psychological services for numerous law enforcement agencies within Florida.

Dr. McDougall is a former faculty member at the University of Florida, an Expert Witness for the State of Florida Department of Health and a member of the Examining Committee for the State of Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit.

He is a recognized speaker national and international conferences and has provided on-site training at local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  He has been an instructor at law enforcement academies and worked directly with specialized units such as hostage negotiations and tactical response teams.

Dr. McDougall regularly provides in-service training for sworn officers, pre-employment screenings, critical incident debriefings, fitness-for-duty evaluations, and private counseling services.  He also serves as an on-scene advisor during critical incidents and works with officers and administrators in the aftermath of tragedies.