Aug 17

National Organization for Victims Assistance Conference

I'll be speaking about our Victims Services Crisis Team program at the Lubbock Police Department at NOVA's national conference in San Diego.

Here's a link to their conference page:


Oct 19

Michigan Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

This year's conference is in Traverse City, MI and it looks like I get to speak on both days of the conference!  I'll be speaking about our callouts and my work on the negotiating team as a Psychological Consultant on the SWAT Negotiating team at the Lubbock Police Department.

Here's a link to their website: 

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Negotiator Training in the Seattle Area

I'm not sure of the date and time yet, but I've been asked to lead a 1-day training for negotiators in the Seattle area.

I've reached out to graduate counseling students in the area to see if I can find enough counseling students to do a training like I am doing in Lubbock on July 5th.  I've already gotten some responses, so maybe we can pull this off!

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FREE Negotiator Training for Negotiators from Around West Texas - Lubbock Police Academy

I'll be leading another FREE negotiator training for hostage negotiators from all around this area.  Last year teams from Amarillo PD, Potter County SO, DPS, and Plainview PD joined the Lubbock Police Department's negotiating team and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office team for a 1-Day training.  We had 75 people, including counseling and psychology students from Lubbock Christian University, attend.  As of June 24th I have about 40 negotiators from around the area attending, and 25 counseling types.  I expect to hear from others, so we could have over 75 people this year.

This year we've reached out to teams to our south and in Oklahoma as well, including TDCJ, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene and Big Spring, and it looks like some will be able to join us.

Max Howard (FBI, retired) and Brandon Pierpoint (Past president of TAHN) will be helping me out and speaking this year.  Max Howard will speak about the Rigsby Daycare Callout.  It'll be a great, practical training involving LCU counseling students again, and it was really good to gather so many teams from around this area just so we can all meet.

Training will be held in the new Nursing Building on the Lubbock Christian University campus (5601 19th St.).  The Nursing Building is on the west side of campus and can be accessed from Frankford Ave. just south of 19th St, or behind the Arby's on 19th St.

Jun 9

Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

I'll be speaking about Overcoming Negotiator Problems and Dealing with Difficult Negotiating Situations

It'll be great to see some familiar faces there too!

The conference schedule can be found here:


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Crisis Negotiators of Oklahoma - State Association Conference

The Crisis Negotiators of Oklahoma are having their 2nd annual conference in Stillwater. See for details.

I'll be speaking in the morning, and then again in the afternoon about some of the SWAT callouts I've worked, and about the role of a Psychological Consultant on a Hostage Negotiating Team.

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Greeley Colorado - Rocky Mountain Association of Hostage Negotiators Quarterly Training

Heading back to Colorado! Been graciously invited to speak to members of the Rocky Mountain Association of Hostage Negotiators at their quarterly training.  I'll be bringing some callout debriefings, some information on best practices, and we'll review the findings and recommendations of my national SWAT and Negotiator surveys and research including some things to consider addition to the selection process for new negotiators and SWAT operators.

Jan 12

27th Annual Crisis Negotiation Competition, Texas State University

Looks like I will get to serve as a judge one day and our team at the Lubbock Police Department will get to compete on the other day!

On day 1 I'll be presenting "SWAT Operators and Negotiators Are Different? How These Groups Can Work Better Together." An article along these lines was just published online on The International Association of Police Chief's website:

I got to compete with LPD's team and we finished in 7th place!!

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Area Wide Negotiator Training, Lubbock Police Department, Active Listening Practice

Looks like negotiating teams from Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, Plainview Police Department, Amarillo Police Department, Potty County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety will all be attending!  That should be about 50 negotiators from all over west Texas!

I'll be leading training and bringing together counseling students and negotiators to practice active listening skills.

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Tactical and Practical Information about Crisis/Hostage Negotiating

This course will be offered at the Lubbock Police Department's Academy and is an 8-hour course beginning at 0900 on June 10th, 2016.  The purpose of the course is to give officers and other attendees more information about basic negotiating skills, psychiatric conditions, and how SWAT callouts are conducted (with consideration given to how departments like NYPD work). 

See the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association's (TTPOA) website for more information: and look down the list for this class on June 10th, 2016.  There is a course fee for this class.