Crisis Intervention Conference

Early bird ends June 9!


The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board is a national leader in support of crisis intervention teams. This conference will bring together law enforcement personnel, consumers and their family, health care professionals, advocates, faith community members, educators, researchers, and others. The bi-annual conference focuses on aspects of crisis intervention and law enforcement response, along with officer safety and wellness.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christian Conte

Dr. Christian Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. A familiar figure on TV and radio, he is also a prolific writer, powerful communicator, and sought-after media expert. For more information on Dr. Conte, visit his website at:

Conference Fees


This event will bring together law enforcement officers, correctional staff, CIT trained professionals, community resources, consumers, and other interested stakeholders to discuss CIT program development, best practices, and other relevant information.

Early bird registration ends June 1, 2021.

Type of Registration Earlybird Regular Fee
In-state – One Day $75 $100
In-state  – Two Days $100 $125
VIRTUAL Option – Attend via Zoom (limited sessions available) $50 $50
Out of State and Federal $125 $150



Accepted payments include Credit Card and PayPal. Group rates may be placed on a purchase order and paid by check. Registrations paid by check must be paid in full before the conference begins.


Refunds & Cancellations

Registrants with unpaid registration fees (pay by check) who are no-shows will be assessed the full registration fee.

Conference Schedule

June 21, 2021

7:30 AM Registration Open
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Procession and Comments
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote Address

Dr. Christian Conte

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM De-escalation

John Williams and Mark Benson – CIT Regional Coordinators

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM De-escalation Breakout Sessions
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Aaron Landers and Winston

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Break
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Panel on Peer Support
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Peer Support Break Out Session
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Closing – John Williams

June 22, 2021

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Welcome to Day Two – Co-Responder
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Panel on Co-Responder Models
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Breakout Sessions on Co-Responder Models
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM


1:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Lunch – Speaker Deputy Chief Antoinette Ursitti, Chicago Police Department


Round Tabling on Building CIT in your Community

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Closing of the 2021 CIT Conference

Conference Venue and Lodging

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

201 Broadway, Normal, IL 61761 (309) 862-9000
A group rate of $96 per night is available at the BloomingtonNormal Marriott. Click HERE for the link to the Marriott reservation.