Seminar Title

Online-Interaction and De-escalation of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Dates of Events

08/10/2021 through 08/10/2021

Last Updated: 07/30/2021
Instructor(s): Mark Lowther
Course Registration Fee: $125
Instructor Bio
Mark Lowther is a US Marine Corps veteran. Lt. Lowther has 30 years in public safety. Mark is dual POST certified in Utah as a correctional officer, and a Law Enforcement officer having served most of his career in enforcement.
His background is varied and diverse. He has served as a SWAT hostage negotiator for a major portion of his career. His background and experience come from serving on two Metro SWAT teams. Lt. Lowther has experience on all levels of negotiations from tech to negotiation team leader. He has personally been involved in numerous threatened suicide and SWAT negotiations including barricaded gunmen and hostage incidents. Lt. Lowther also served 10 years as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer, instructor, and training coordinator.
Lt. Lowther has spent a major portion of his career in assignments involving crisis negotiation, suicide intervention, verbal de-escalation, peer support, Autism awareness, and mental illness. He has instructed law enforcement locally, nationally, and internationally on those topics. In addition to his law enforcement training, he has received specialized training in crisis counseling and Psychological First Aid. He currently volunteers working a crisis hotline.
Lt. Lowther was named by the Utah Tactical Officers Association as the 2012 Crisis Negotiator of the year. Some of his experiences in SWAT negotiations are featured in the book “Crisis Cops 2”.
Lt. Lowther served as part of the Public Safety Law Enforcement Unit assigned to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He has also served on a federal task force as a sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal. Mark although retired from full time law enforcement, continues to serve part time in law enforcement with multiple agencies.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: August 10, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

For Public Safety Personnel, responding to a crisis involving an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be incredibly challenging. Common issues can be communication, de-escalation, and understanding some of the unique behaviors of those with autism.
This webinar will discuss the characteristics of autism, as well as safety concerns. Some of the topics that will be covered consist of elopement, sensory issues, and communication challenges. The goal of this training is to increase knowledge and awareness of autism spectrum disorder for Public Safety Personnel. Participants will learn how to respond in a proactive and positive manner to calls they may receive involving individuals with autism.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an E-mail 3 days prior to the event that will include a link to join the training. Your registration for this online training will give you access to the live session, as well as 30 days of access to the recorded version of the training once the live session has ended.
Group Viewing Encouraged: Multiple attendees can view the training from one single location and each attendee can receive a certificate.

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