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Threat Assessment Update 2020:
Extremism and Lone Actor Terrorism
Sept. 28-30, 2020
Three half days (0900-1300 PDT each day)
12 hours CEU
Domestic terrorism is on the rise in the United States as social and political polarization escalates. With a national election on the horizon, anxiety concerning a pandemic, and widespread civil protest, how do threat assessors identify, assess, and manage individuals who may pose a risk of extremist violence? Are there ways to separate the supporters of various causes from those who intend to act and mobilize for violence?
This virtual seminar, over three half-day sessions, will discuss findings and insights from research and in-depth case studies that reveal the psychology of extremists and lone actor terrorists. Participants will be instructed on the use of investigative techniques and structured assessment strategies that inform case management decision making.
Initial topics will include the rising prevalence of conspiracy theory, practical tools for debunking such theory, extreme overvalued beliefs vs. delusions, and stochastic terrorism from political leaders. The training will continue with a focus on specific beliefs and movements, including accelerationists, replacement theory, the Incels and other extreme misogynists, White Nationalists, Boogaloo, QAnon, Atomwaffen, and more. The tactics of such groups include using progressive left wing protests to achieve extreme right wing (XRW) goals, and magnifying COVID-19 fears to advance anti-government attitudes. Intensive case studies will deepen understanding of the radicalization path, including the Toronto automobile massacre (Minassian), the false pipe bomb dissemination (Sayoc), and an updated perspective on the Isla Vista mass murder (Rodger). Emphasis will be placed upon both online and on the ground investigations. The training will conclude with a thorough introduction to the TRAP-18, a validated risk assessment instrument for lone actor terrorist violence.
CE credits are available
Discounts available: early bird registration, ATAP/CATAP/AETAP/,
& law enforcement
A Brief Overview of Threat and Risk Assessment and Management in K-12 School Settings
On-Demand Online WAVR-21 Training:
An Introductory Course
Dr. Stephen White & Dr. Reid Meloy
The Global Institute of Forensic Research hosts a remote access introductory WAVR-21 training. This On-Demand training will provide attendees with a solid introduction to the WAVR-21 while earning 5 hours of valuable Continuing Education Credit.
Please go to the GIFR website for further details and to register.
- Typical issues that teams address or recognize in their case presentations:
- Disagreements on opinion of risk among team members
- Information silos: Strategies to identify and collect useful data
- Recognizing bias errors and process flaws such as “disciplinary drift”
- Interviewing strategies with different kinds of subjects, for example individuals that are paranoid, very litigious, intimidating, or suicidal
- Identifying the possible unintended consequences of actions taken in a given case
- Communicating findings and managing fear, especially when a team’s objective opinion of risk differs from concerned clientele
- Managing one’s own emotions and personal concerns as a team member
- Identifying thresholds for appropriate engagement of threat assessment experts
- How different cases would be coded on the WAVR-21, and how to weigh and integrate findings