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2023 ITAC Agenda

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JUNE 6th, 2023

8:00 a.m.


*8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

A Mother’s Journey to Understand the Tragedy and Future Preventions

Chin Rodger, Mother of Elliot Rodger. Chin will share about the myriad elements of behavior and circumstances that culminated in the horrific tragedy. Chin will further share about the painful process of discovering and exploring in depth the emerging preventive method of threat assessment and management and why she believes this would have prevented her son’s tragedy and the many that followed since, for hope to prevent the next one.

*This presentation is not available virtually.  (Virtual Conference will begin at 9:10am)

9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Welcome, Dr. Matt Niece, Boise State University, Director, University Health Services.

9:20 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  & 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Recognizing and Responding to Pre-Attack Indicators: What are we missing?

The rising and ever-evolving challenge of active shooter violence demands that we adopt a dynamic and collaborative approach to targeted violence mitigation. This presentation will explore recent trends, research, and active shooter case studies to highlight opportunities for disruption, including a new model for threat assessment interviewing

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

When the Patient Becomes the Hunter

This joint presentation will describe a real-life example of a high-risk threat to a medical professional from both the perspectives of the victim and the threat assessment professional and steps that occurred to mitigate the risk. Successes, failures, lessons and pitfalls will be summarized to provide viewers with tips and a playbook to optimally manage similar threats. This course will Identify at least two specific manifestations of the lasting emotional trauma that a threat has on victims and their families and Implement two process improvement strategies for how threat assessment professionals interact with victims and their families.

JUNE 7th, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Welcome / Housekeeping

8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Improved Decision Making: Your Brain on TAM

Threat investigators, assessors and managers make critical decisions based on evidence. A good decision leads to a good outcome. There is no room for error. Through an engaging lens, Dr. Leite demonstrates how easily we trick ourselves to see the conclusions we wish to see, rather than the ones we should be making. She will take the science of cognitive thinking error prevention and turn it into a fun and memorable presentation, including a case example, and conclude with five simple steps to assess for bias. This presentation is guaranteed to get people talking.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Resolving Challenging Cases: Threat Management of Delusional Subjects

Subjects who have delusional beliefs pose particularly challenging cases for behavioral threat assessment and management professionals. Since these subjects are not based in reality, it’s difficult to understand their perspective and mitigate violence risk by reasoning with them. This presentation will discuss the nuances of investigating subjects with delusional beliefs who pose a violence risk, including interview strategies, analyzing the investigative findings to assess the violence risk, and designing threat management strategies to mitigate violence risk. A Diplomatic Security Service case study will be presented to illustrate the concepts.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Debrief of the YouTube Headquarters Shooting Incident April 3, 2018

This presentation will include Suspect profile/threat indicators, Suspect actions timeline, Leading up to the event, and during the event.  Review of notification/dispatch communications, emergency response (immediate response, outside agency assistance, fire / EMS), incident management, investigations, public/private integration, and key takeaways.

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