Family Crisis Center of East Texas Offers De-Escalation Training Event: Equipping the Community with Life-Saving Skills

LUFKIN, TX (November 1, 2023) – The Family Crisis Center of East Texas, in partnership with Texas Mutual Insurance, is proud to host the S.T.O.P. (Strategic Tactics for Optimal Protection) Training event on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin. This event promises to empower attendees with essential de-escalation and safety training techniques, delivered by renowned experts in the field.

S.T.O.P. Training will offer community members a world-class curriculum focused on enhancing situational awareness, early recognition skills and bolstering confidence in handling aggression. Participants will gain invaluable knowledge from experts who specialize in security and medical emergency response.

“The agency believes that equipping individuals with the skills to de-escalate potentially harmful situations and respond effectively to threats is a critical step in ensuring community safety. We are grateful for the support of Texas Mutual Insurance in making this event accessible to all,” said Whitney Burran, executive director of the Family Crisis Center.

Notable presenters, recognized nationally for their expertise, include:

Paul Howe, Owner/Lead Instructor for CSAT – Combat Shooting and Tactics, Retired U.S. Army (20 yrs.)/Special Operations (10 yrs.)

Mark Busbee, Registered Nurse (30 yrs.), CSAT Instructor, Stop the Bleed Instructor

Chris Klingenberg, MD, Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, CSAT Instructor, Stop the Bleed Instructor

Luke Tarbutton, Owner of Shoot Perfect ETX, Licensed to Carry Instructor, Threat Assessment and Strategic Protection Facilitator

The S.T.O.P. Training event welcomes attendees from all backgrounds throughout the community who are eager to learn about de-escalation strategies, threat assessment and appropriate responses during potential threats.


The event is free and open to the public and includes lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day. Registration is requested to accommodate limited seating. Participants are encouraged to bring only a writing instrument and a notepad to make the most of this invaluable training opportunity.

Registration begins at 7:30 am and presentations get underway at 8:15 am.

For more information on the training, please call Melissa Wheeler at 936-639-1681 or email her at To register, please visit

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the crisis hotline 24 hours a day 7 days a week for free and confidential help, 1-800-828-7233 (SAFE) or send a text to 936-552-9256.