Flyer: Ideologically Inspired Violence Prevention Workshop (pdf)

October 27th, 2017, 8am

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dear Colleagues:

Good afternoon! Thank you very much once again for agreeing to participate as presenters at the 10/27 "Preventing Ideologically Inspired Targeted Violence Using a Public Health Approach: A Fall Workshop for Mental Health Practitioners Working in Violence Prevention" at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Attached is a flyer we created in house. Please share it with colleagues who may be interested in this topic and ask them to contact me directly via email if they are interested in attending. Our co-sponsor - UIC College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry - is working on obtaining CE credits and when that is confirmed, we'll include that and registration information for the workshop in future flyers.

Our collaboration partner - the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health is going to help us get the word out to mental health professionals within its network.

My colleagues at ICJIA - Dr. Megan Alderden and Lily Gleicher from our Research Unit - are working on evaluation materials for this workshop. We'll need to get our Institutional Review Board's approval for the evaluation/research materials (in order to be able to write about the impact of our work we need IRB approval; we strive to make the work we do more impactful by being able to share information that can help others in this work), and that application will be due by 9/8/17. In order for them to be able to develop evaluation materials to measure learning, they will need details from each panel presenter on what she/he intends to impart and what each presenter wants the participants to walk away understanding. I will follow up with emails to each session group along with Megan and Lily to help coordinate our respective presentations.

Here is the agenda for 10/27/17:

8:00am to 9:00am - Check in and pre-test/surveys

9:00am - Welcome (Junaid Afeef)

9:10am - 9:40am - Keynote (Christian Picciolini, Former American White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi; Co-Founder of Life After Hate)

9:40am - 10:40am - Session 1: "What Can Communities Do to Protect Their Own?" | Junaid M. Afeef (TVPP), Nicholas Larma (FBI), Kareem Shora (U.S. DHS)

An introduction to targeted violence prevention; how are people being radicalized to violence in the US and why communities must play a role; explanation of how individual civil liberties are safeguarded

10:40am - 11:40am - Session 2: "How Can Mental Health Professionals Help to Prevent the Next Attack?" | Dr. Stevan Weine (UIC College of Med), Dr. Sharon Coleman (IL DHS/Div. of Mental Health)

Laying the foundation for why mental health professionals' unique skills serve as gatekeepers for interventions; describing how a forensic psychologist's risk assessment can be used in an intervention; describing how MHPs are involved in existing violence prevention efforts

11:40am - 12:40pm - Session 3: "What Are a Mental Health Professional's Legal and Ethical Responsibilities When Working in Violence Prevention?" | Attorney Scott Hammer (expert in this field), Dr. James A. Marley (LUC School of Social Work), Thad Boertje (FBI)

Describe the legal and ethical considerations of mental health professionals; cover "duty to warn" vs. ethical and legal confidentiality requirements; describe how criminal statutes in state and federal jurisdictions impact confidentiality obligations of MHPs; law enforcement perspectives on honoring doctor-patient confidentiality in intervention referrals

12:40pm - Closing Remarks and post-test/surveys

1pm - 1:30pm - Possible Boxed Lunch and Networking (TBD; depends on funding)

If you have any questions, please contact me. If you reach out to colleagues about participation, please stress to them that it is a free event but registration is required. Ask those interested to contact me directly via email so that I can place them on a list that will receive the registration link once it goes live.

Thank you.



cc: Megan Alderden, Lily Gleicher

Junaid M. Afeef, J.D.

Director - Targeted Violence Prevention Program

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

300 W. Adams Street, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60606

O: 312.793.7434

C: 847.370.3297