Conference Schedule & Vendor Information

Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators
26th Annual Training Conference
October 7-11, 2019
Arlington Texas
Conference Speaker/Presenter Agenda
(Subject to Change)

Monday October 7th
0730 to 0830 – Registratrion
0830 to 0900 – Opening Ceremonies – Presentation of Colors by The Little Elm Police Department Honor Guard
0900 to 1200 – Paul Mellor (Success Links), You Have the Right to Remember: If there were a magic pill that would improve your memory, would you take it? Fortunately, you don’t need to. This fun and interactive session rids your poor memory of misplaced glasses, forgotten names, and statements such as, “I know it’s here somewhere” to a mind that’s efficient and reliable. This program dispels the myth that memory can’t be improved. It can; easily and effectively. You’ll learn techniques on organizing your thoughts, remembering names and faces, and overcoming absent-mindedness. When you’re skilled in memory, all your other skills get better. You can improve your memory. This program shows you how.
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1500 – Jim Rudnick – Suicide by Cop: A Hostage Negotiator’s confrontation and the aftermath. Sgt. Jim Rudnick will be discussing two suicide by cop scenarios in which he was personally involved. The first occurred at the Discovery Channel Headquarters building in Silver Spring, Maryland. The second occurred at the Urban BBQ Restaurant in Sandy Sprin, Maryland. Tactical considerations will be covered. Sgt. Rudnick will discuss the aftermath of critical events and their impact on the officer and the officer’s family, including the effects of trauma and PTSD and the need for a critical incident debrief.

1500 to 1700 – TBD

Tuesday October 8th
0800 to 1000 – Andre Bates (LVMPD), Incident Debrief on a barricaded murder suspect in a city bus on the Las Vegas Strip
1000 to 1200 – Joe Campagna (San Jose PD), Incident Debrief on a bridge jumper.
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1700 – Breakouts
Session 1 – Derek Gaunt, Using Traditional Hostage Negotiations Techniques In A Non-Traditional Incident”.

Dana Garnett (The Mindful Strategy), As a mediator, you’re required to be fully present, often working long hours helping guide parties to effective resolution. This can drain your energy, challenging your focus, objectivity, and patience at the 11th hour. In this session learn how to 1) reduce your stress on the job via intelligent energy management, leaving even a long mediation feeling energized; 2) consistently stay emotionally detached from the parties’ issues for the duration of the mediation, removing obstacles to bias; and 3) intuitively identify and effectively articulate what’s at the heart of the conflict via specific social-emotional intelligence skills, guiding parties to shift from stuck to moving forward toward resolution.

Old Men

Session 2 – Derek Gaunt, Using Traditional Hostage Negotiations Techniques In A Non-Traditional Incident”.

Dana Garnett (The Mindful Strategy), As a mediator, you’re required to be fully present, often working long hours helping guide parties to effective resolution. This can drain your energy, challenging your focus, objectivity, and patience at the 11th hour. In this session learn how to 1) reduce your stress on the job via intelligent energy management, leaving even a long mediation feeling energized; 2) consistently stay emotionally detached from the parties’ issues for the duration of the mediation, removing obstacles to bias; and 3) intuitively identify and effectively articulate what’s at the heart of the conflict via specific social-emotional intelligence skills, guiding parties to shift from stuck to moving forward toward resolution.’

Old Men

Wednesday October 9th
0800 to 0900 – General Membership Meeting and Election Nominations
0900 to 1200 – Bryan Emmerson (FBI), Incident Debrief on a Post Office Hostage/Barricade situation.
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1700 – TBD

Thursday October 10th
0800 to 1200 – TBD
1200 to 1300 – lunch
1300 to 1700 – Breakouts
Session 1 – Erik Saidenberg – Impact of social media and Internet access on crisis negotiations

Matthew Proehl (Captain Mannheim Police Department / Germany)

Joe Allen –
Session 2 – Erik Saidenberg –After-action reports: “What’s in them for you?

Matthew Proehl – (Captain Mannheim Police Department / Germany)

Joe Allen – 

Friday October 11th
0800 to 1000 – Mark Flores (FBI), Incident Debrief on the Boston Marathon Bomber
1000 to 1200 – Mark Yarbrough – Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.” The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But there’s good news — burnout can be healed. Former 20-year elected District Attorney, MARK YARBROUGH, from Littlefield, Texas (hometown of Waylon Jennings), personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!” He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject. Mark is a very entertaining, motivating and inspiring speaker. He has taught thousands of people how to overcome Burnout — from companies like Blue Bell Ice Cream and Xcel Energy, to teachers and doctors/nurses, to a variety of government workers (police officers, CPS workers, attorneys, victim’s rights advocates, counselors, mental health professionals, etc.). Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof. But more importantly, attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning how to apply Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from Burnout. This is a training that you won’t want to miss!
1200 – Adjourn

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