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The International Association for Care and Threat Teams (InterACTT) is a collaborative group of like-minded professionals working to make your everyday work easier and more efficient. Our goal is to support your day-to-day work in counseling, disability services, student conduct, law enforcement, CARE and threat teams, and diversity, equity and inclusion. InterACTT has partnered with D-Prep to bring these materials to you. Learn more at InterACTT.org.

The International Association for Care and Threat Teams (InterACTT) is a collaborative group of like-minded professionals working to make your everyday work easier and more efficient. Our goal is to support your day-to-day work in counseling, disability services, student conduct, law enforcement, CARE and threat teams, and diversity, equity and inclusion. InterACTT has partnered with D-Prep to bring these materials to you. Learn more at InterACTT.org.

The tools found here can be used individually or as part of team trainings. Included are video courses, case study reviews, and conversations related to BIT/CARE operations and mental health on our campuses. Our interactive case study allows you to walk through a case study, visiting different departments on campus to gather information on a case, demonstrating the BIT/Care process. Finally, Actually Autistic Educator is a podcast hosted by Jeanne Clifton on topics related to accessibility access and issues affecting the autistic, ASD and Asperger’s community. 

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InterACTT publishes Intersestions, an annual peer-reviewed collections of original research. Authors are encouraged to share case studies, original research, practical techniques and novel interventions in the assessment and management of risk and threat. The journal is published online in a rolling fashion. InterACTT believes in the free sharing of information in support of those working in these important fields. InterACTT journal articles are distributed freely and can be shared with proper attributions.

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Intersections

Intersections is focused on research related to targeted violence, mental health, BIT/CARE operations, threat assessment and management.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Amy Murphy at amy@interactt.org.

 

Welcome to Intersections! Our first article was published in December, 2022:

Beyond the Red Flags

Dr. Brian Van Brunt and Dr. Amy Murphy

Early identification of red flags and at-risk behavior is a research-based best practice in the prevention of targeted violence. This article expands on this foundational concept and describes how to fill gaps in targeted violence prevention by moving beyond red flags. The authors describe five critical concepts related to behavioral intervention and threat assessment work in schools, workplaces, and communities that are commonly missed or underutilized. Diverse, multidisciplinary, collaborative teams remain the central place for the identification of red flag behaviors. However, this article identifies missed opportunities in the utilization of these teams in current practice as well as the singular focus on target hardening of facilities instead of collaborative violence risk and threat assessment. The authors also discuss the common labeling of attackers after incidents of violence and how this can contribute to future inaction in terms of seeking help, reporting concerns, and intervening when someone is evolving toward violence. The article further explores the problematic practice of focusing generally and broadly on mental health as a risk factor for violence and how this can result in missing other red flags, stigmatizing seeking help for mental health, and over-reliance on mental health assessments instead of a more comprehensive violence risk or threat assessment. Last, behavioral intervention and threat assessment team processes can be improved by incorporating red teaming techniques, dynamic risk assessment, and on-going connections to individuals of concern.

Beyond the Red Flags

Race

Race is a peer reviewed journal with a focus on elevating and educating others on the topics that impact people of color. While all are invited to submit articles to the journal, our editorial staff is focused on encouraging and mentoring those people of color who have had limited access to share their stories, experiences, and research due to obstacles that exist due to systemic racism in American society. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tammy Hodo at tammy@allthingsdiverse.com.

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Our editorial boards are committed to nurturing research, particularly student ideas and concepts. Submissions are paired with an editorial board member to guide you through the process of improving your submission. At InterACTT, our primary goal is supporting our subscribers through sharing of knowledge and networking with one another. If the article is not ideal for the journal, we will work with you to improve the submission to ensure our subscribers and the greater threat, counseling, and care community have an opportunity to benefit from your research.

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Bringing together core concepts in learning and instructional design, InterACTTives, are a new way of walking through a case study. Having spent hours (if not days) sitting through video trainings, case study examples, and scenario-based trainings, we wanted to do something a little different. You are given an overview of a campus or facility map and asked to click along in a choose-your-own-adventure style to learn more about a given case.

 

As you click each location, you learn through reading progress notes from counselors, police reports, residential life updates and video conversations with student conduct, academic advisors, disability services, coaches and faculty. This way of learning about the case details mimics how CARE and threat teams uncover details about a case. When all the information is gathered, you can then choose to enter the information yourself into Pathways and DarkFox to determine a plan of action.

Case Study: Matilda

Matilda is a first-year college student studying at a residential, four-year university. She came from Lancaster, U.K. on a scholarship for soccer (football). It is now late October. A teammate shares the following with you and the CARE team.

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What would you do next?

Episode 12: Autism and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

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Episode 12: Autism and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

In this mini-episode Jeanne (she/her) talks about rejection sensitive dysphoria and how the way we view and treat autistic behaviors in childhood can have lifelong impacts on their sense of self-worth and relationships to others.

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Affective Violence Interview Sheet

Affective Violence Interview Sheet

D-Prep Safety and InterACTT

BIT/CARE Team Development Checklist

BIT/CARE Team Development Checklist

D-Prep Safety and InterACTT

Use this checklist when developing and assessing your BIT/CARE team process and procedures.

Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams

Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams

The Jed Foundation

As campus teams have become more widespread, the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) recognized the need for a resource that would help both existing and new teams make informed decisions about their structure, scope, functions, and day-to-day operations. This guide summarizes the existing literature on campus teams and suggests some of the key issues that should be considered when creating or managing a campus team. The guide may be particularly useful to new teams considering various options for how they should be organized and led, but should also be helpful to existing teams interested in assessing their current functions, operations, or emphases.

Bias Mitigation

Bias Mitigation

D-Prep Safety

Bias is our tendency to see the world from our lens of experience. It can lead us to ignore evidence or make assumptions not based on evidence. It can create blinders for those involved in the threat analysis or mitigation process and impact our ability to build rapport, connect with students, and create safe/neutral spaces. While we can never remove bias, we can train to make us more aware of how bias can affect decision making.

Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success

Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success

Matthew Syed

Using a cornucopia of interviews, gripping stories, and sharp-edged science, Syed explores the intimate relationship between failure and success, and shows why we need to transport black box thinking into our own lives. If we wish to unleash our potential, we must diagnose and break free of our failures. Part manifesto for change, part intellectual adventure, this groundbreaking book reveals how to do both.

CARE Team Manual Template

CARE Team Manual Template

D-Prep Safety and InterACTT

This policy and procedure manual template can be edited to fit the needs of your school.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, & Al Switzler

The book that revolutionized business communications has been updated for today’s communication challenges. Crucial Conversations provides powerful skills to ensure every conversation―especially difficult ones―leads to the results you want. Written in an engaging and witty style, it teaches readers how to be persuasive rather than abrasive, how to get back to productive dialogue when others blow up or clam up, and it offers powerful skills for mastering high-stakes conversations, regardless of the topic or person.

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

National Threat Assessment Center

When incidents of school violence occur, they leave a profound and lasting impact on the school, the community, and our nation as a whole. Ensuring safe environments for elementary and secondary school students, educators, administrators, and others is essential. This operational guide was developed to provide fundamental direction on how to prevent incidents of targeted school violence, that is, when a student specifically selects a school or a member of the school community for harm. The content in this guide is based on information developed by the U.S. Secret Service, Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division, National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC).

Gender Expression: Understanding Pronouns in the Classroom and Workplace

Gender Expression: Understanding Pronouns in the Classroom and Workplace

D-Prep Safety

This guide provide some terminology and resources related to gender identity and expression. More information can be found at https://www.genderexpression.info/

How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education

How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education

Tammy Hodo, Jacques Whitfield, Brian Van Brunt, and Poppy Fitch

How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education addresses the polarized political and racialized climate in America today. This resource is designed to better prepare instructors, faculty, higher education staff and administrators to enter into these hard conversations with an improved awareness of contentious issues and how to facilitate, and potentially de-escalate, discussions that are already occurring.

Marketing Your Team

Marketing Your Team

D-Prep Safety

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