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The Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (APATAP) Committee is excited to announce that our annual conference will be held at Disneyland, Hong Kong from 25 - 27 February 2019.

Our conference theme this year is “Online threats, offline lives: Reality and Practice of Online Threat Management”. This is a highly relevant theme to today’s society and reflects current advancements in the use of technology and social media in assessing and managing global, local, and individual-level threats.

We invite all mental health, law enforcement, security, workplace health and safety, and other professionals tasked with the prevention and response of behavioural risks to join us in this learning and networking opportunity.
Tuesday, February 26 • 10:15am - 10:45am
URL for IRL: Bringing online cultural competency to threat assessment and management

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Although cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity is recognised as crucial to accuracy, comprehension, and planning in modern threat assessment, the role and relevance of online cultures remain largely unexplored.
For “digital natives”, the line between online and offline culture has  blurred almost to the point of erasure: as users of digital devices from  infancy, their identities, relationships, ethics, and sociopolitical activity  take place through online platforms and subcultures with conventions and  signifiers that may appear fleeting, obscure, or simply absurd to casual  internet users and other “digital immigrants”.
This cultural gap may cause misunderstanding of behavioural risks,  motivations, and psychological needs relevant to cases involving online behaviours that intrude, frighten, harass, and cause harm, and overlook nuances of behaviour and motivation essential to formulating effective management plans.
This presentation seeks to bridge the gap between digital immigrants and digital natives by providing an overview of several online communities,  including fandoms and grievance-fuelled groups, exploring terms and concepts to inform expert assessment, and will advocate for online culture-specific questions to be included in risk assessment interviews.

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Annabel Chan

Director, Clinical Psychologist, Right In The Head & Children's Court Clinic
Dr Annabel Chan is a Director of Right In The Head Threat Management and Psychological Services and a Senior Psychologist for the Children’s Court Clinic of Victoria. She is a Clinical Psychologist and Forensic Registrar registered and endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia... Read More →
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Luke Bartlett

Director, Lead Trainer, Right In The Head & CoHealth
Luke is a Registered Nurse and Lead Trainer with Right in the Head, with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. His practice history includes acute psychiatric care with patients of Mercy Health and the Royal Children's Hospital, and a range of educational projects... Read More →