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Tool Designed by Dean Reese is Implemented in U.K.

CSU Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chip Reese, Ed.D. has become a leader in organizational response to persons of concern, and now his work is being implemented internationally. His model of a De-Escalation Decision Tree (D2T) was recently adapted by Dave Wilson at the University of Cumbria to be used in the United Kingdom.

“Persons of concern pose a potential risk to themselves and others, so it is crucial that organizations have a trained team and processes in place to handle these situations,” said Reese. “The D2T model brings together the necessary pieces, such as resources, faculty, and staff, with a methodology to better understand all the facts, evaluate, and act appropriately. I’m honored that the model will now be used in the U.K. to increase safety at the University of Cumbria.”

Reese serves on the advisory board of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), which brings together professionals from multiple disciplines who are engaged in behavioral intervention on school and college campuses and in workplaces. A former president of NaBITA, Reese first introduced D2T at the 2016 National Behavioral Intervention Teams Association Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Reese is currently serving as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Albany State University.

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