8:00 AM08:00

Texas Tech University School of Law - Mental Health Symposium

For this symposium I get to serve on a panel with Lubbock Police Department Chief Greg Stevens and Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe.  The three of us will answer questions specific to the law enforcement response to those with mental illness.  Our panel discussion will be moderated by Judge Drue Farmer.  Looking forward to this!

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to Nov 2

Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators

Sgt. Brandon Pierpoint and I will get to speak about our in-service training for officers.  We'll speak on Tuesday November 30th in the afternoon breakout sessions.  In our in-service training we have officers work out their response to an armed suicidal subject.  While conducting this in-service we've also been gathering some interesting data and will share the applications of what we've found.  Thank you to Derek Gaunt for his article that inspired this training.


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11:00 AM11:00

West Texas Mental Health Conference

I get to speak at the West Texas Mental Health Conference about our Victim Services Crisis Team at the Lubbock Police Department!  This conference will bring together professionals from all components of the mental health system in our area in an effort to educate and improve all that we are doing!

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to Sep 21

Delaware Valley Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

I've been invited to speak at the Delaware Valley conference on Sept. 21st!

My presentation summary: This presentation will review the role of a Psychological Consultant on a Hostage (Crisis) Negotiating team, with callout examples as illustration. This presentation will also cover negotiating with the empathy impaired, and includes a callout debrief from 2003 with a hostage taker who was likely a psychopath.  Finally, a callout review of an incident in which the presenter was the primary negotiator with a man high on meth. and committed to suicide-by-cop will be given.  This callout review illustrates some negotiator skills and techniques, and is also an opportunity to discuss negotiator self-care after an incident ends in the subject's death.

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5:30 PM17:30

American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference

I'll be speaking at the American Mental Health Counselors Association conference in Orlando, Florida.  I'll be speaking on our Victims Services Crisis Team program at the Lubbock Police Department, and reviewing some basic crisis intervention skills.  We'll also debrief one of my negotiator callouts as an example of the intervention skills in action under extreme circumstances.

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9:00 AM09:00

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

I'm excited to speak at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in Tulsa Oklahoma. In the morning I'll be speaking to civilians about working with police departments, crisis intervention skills, and our programs at the Lubbock Police Department that provide mental health assistance to citizens and officers.

In the afternoon I'll be speaking with negotiators and SWAT operators about callout dynamics.  I'll also reference my national survey's of negotiators and operators and provide some callout debriefs with lessons learned.

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to Apr 20

Illinois Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

I'll be speaking about the results of my national survey of hostage negotiators and the comparison of negotiator personality, experience, and decision-making style with that of SWAT operators.  I'll then present a callout debriefing as an example of the applications of these findings and recommendations for how Negotiators, SWAT, and command staff can work better together on callouts.  For more information see:

And here is the conference agenda:


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to Mar 28

International Association of Hostage Negotiators (Public Agency Training Council) - Hostage Negotiator Conference

I'll be speaking at the Public Agency Training Council (PATC) Hostage Negotiator Conference in Las Vegas!  Lt. Jack Cambria (NYPD, Ret.) will also be speaking.  I'm looking forward to attending!  I'll get to speak about my research on the personality, experience, and decision-making styles of negotiators and SWAT operators, and its application on SWAT callouts.  I'll include a debrief of a callout I had with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office as an example.

For more see:

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to Jan 12

Hostage Negotiator Competition - Texas State University

I'll be a head judge at the competition again this year and am excited that our team at the Lubbock Police Department will get to compete again!  I hope we'll do better than last year's 7th place showing.

I'll also get to co-present with Sgt. Brandon Pierpoint at the conference held on the first day. We'll be speaking about how it is easy for negotiators to neglect officer-safety when responding to suicidal subjects.  

This competition/training is the best anywhere and I highly recommend competing.  For details see:



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to 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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