2011 Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference

About the Conference

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2011 Conference Presentations

Chaos and Clarity in Omaha by Dr. Griff Trotter

Speaker Biographies
Lt. David Okada, began his law enforcement career in 1987. He coordinates departmental participation and investigations on multi-agency Adult Threat Advisory Team as well as the multi-agency Student Threat Assessment Team. He is a current member of FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force and local FBI Terrorism Working Group and actively participates in the criminal intelligence network in the Salem area. Lt Okada graduated Cum Laude from Willamette University with a BA in Psychology. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, DEA Drug Unit Commander's Academy, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Commander's Academy and the Oregon Executive Development Institute. Lt Okada served as the Northwest Chapter Sergeant at Arms and two terms as President.

Ofc. David J. Staskiewicz,is a 21-year law enforcement veteran. He served as a Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol where he was on the Drug Interdiction Team, a SWAT Team member, and a K-9 Handler. In 1998, Officer Staskiewicz left the Nebraska State Patrol and joined the Omaha Police Dept. During the past thirteen years, his assignments have included the department's Gang Unit, Hot Spot Bike Patrol and Training Academy. Officer Staskiewicz holds several instructing certifications, which include Range Master, Firearms, Patrol Rifle, Active Shooter and Taser. Ofc. Staskiewicz also served nine years with the Nebraska National Guard. On December 5, 2007, Ofc. Staskiewicz was assigned to the Eppley Airport Command Post for President George W. Bush's visit to Omaha and was a first responder for the Von Maur shooting, entering the store as a member of the Omaha Police Department's Active Shooter Response Team.

Griffin Trotter, Ph.D., M.D. is Professor in the Dept. of Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, with a clinical appointment in the Department of Surgery (Emergency Medicine Division). His recent research focuses on clinical ethics and health policy, especially as they pertain in the medical response to terrorism and on the relevance of American pragmatism to health care ethics. Dr. Trotter is the author of The Loyal Physician (Vanderbilt University Press, 1997), On Royce (Wadsworth, 2001), and The Ethics of Coercion in Mass Casualty Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), as well as over 80 essays and articles in bioethics, philosophy and emergency medicine.

Threat Management: The Multi-Disciplinary Approach
By David Okada
Participants will:
  • Describe the reasons to employ a multi-disciplinary approach to threat assessment.
  • Describe how to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to threat assessment.
  • Identify examples of successful applications of the multi-disciplinary model of threat assessment.

Psychological Effects on Law Enforcement Personnel: The Von Maur Incident
By David J. Staskiewicz
Participants will:

  • Describe the response by Law Enforcement to a large scale mall shooting.
  • Describe the physiological effects for Law Enforcement officers during prolonged incidents.
  • Identify psychological needs of law enforcement officers after a large scale, critical incident.

Clarity Amidst Chaos: What Clinicians Should Know about Disasters
By Griff Trotter, Ph.D.
Participants will:

  • Identify ways in which the ethical paradigm for clinical medicine shifts during some disasters, comparing and contrasting ordinary clinical ethics with ethics in the Rescue Paradigm.
  • Identify higher level ethical commitments that pertain in all clinical contexts and show how these commitments dictate the shift to the Rescue Paradigm.
  • Identify common myths that vitiate strategic and tactical decisions in disaster medicine.
  • Identify and discuss eight specific guidelines for clinical decision making in disasters.