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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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Episode 3: Audio Only
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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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A college aged girl holding her cell phone up to the camera

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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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