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The Minds, Lives, and Motivations of Mass Attackers
Friday, January 27, 2023, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
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The Minds, Lives, and Motivations of Mass Attackers (3 Hours)

IPA is pleased to offer this training hosted by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and the Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations (CESPPA) organization. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.

Dr. Peter Langman is a psychologist whose research on school shooters has received international recognition. His book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, was named an Outstanding Academic Title and was translated into German, Dutch, Finnish, and Russian. His work has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Fox, CNN, the BBC, and nearly 500 other news outlets in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. After the Sandy Hook attack, the CEO of the American Psychological Association presented Dr. Langman’s recommendations on school safety to President Obama. He has presented at both the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico. He has been an invited speaker at the National Counterterrorism Center and was hired by Homeland Security to train professionals in school safety. He maintains the largest online collection of materials relating to school shooters at www.schoolshooters.info, including over 500 documents totaling 65,000 pages. His book, School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators was published in 2015. In 2018, Dr. Langman became a researcher with the National Threat Assessment Center of the United States Secret Service. In 2020, he became the Director of Research and School Safety Training with Drift Net Securities. His new book is Warning Signs: Identifying School Shooters Before They Strike.

3 CE Hours available

January 27, 2023 | 1pm - 4pm CST

IPA Member: $82.50
IPA Lifetime Member/ECP Member: $49.50
IPA Retired Member (No CE Credits): $33
IPA Student Member: $0
Non-Member: $115.50

Zoom: credentials will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

How do those who have signed up for the event connect to Zoom?
Attendees will receive four emails from “PPA Staff” ([email protected]) with a link that allows them to enter the webinar on the day of the event:
• a confirmation email will be sent when their registration is uploaded into Zoom
• a reminder email will be sent one week before the event
• another reminder email will be sent one day before the event
• a final reminder email will be sent one hour before the event
For the live event, will participants be able to interact with the presenter?
Participants can interact with the presenter by submitting questions via the Zoom Q&A. This workshop should qualify as a ‘live’ event for CE purposes with most licensing boards.

Will closed captioning be provided?
Yes, closed captioning will be available. Participants can activate it from the Zoom menu.

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About This Workshop

This webinar will start with a review of the justifications cited by perpetrators of mass attacks, as well as a consideration of underlying psychological dynamics. Next, three psychological types of mass attackers will be presented to demonstrate the intersection of their internal dynamics and life experiences. Following this, four additional cases will be reviewed to highlight the variability in functioning among perpetrators and the need to look behind superficial accomplishments to detect risk factors for violence.


Workshop Overview

Preliminary material

  1. "Who they are and what happens to them"
  2. Underestimating psychopathology in mass attackers
  3. Power dynamics and identity issues
  4. Three categories of justifications used by mass attackers
  5. Challenge of identifying potential attackers: case example

Case examples to illustrate three psychological types of mass attackers

  1. Psychopathic attacker
  2. Psychotic attacker
  3. Traumatized attacker

Additional cases to illustrate diversity of functioning and presentation among attackers

  1. Case example: failing in personal and professional domains
  2. Failing in personal domain, apparently succeeding in professional domain
  3. Apparently succeeding in personal domain, failing in professional domain
  4. Apparently succeeding in personal and professional domains
  5. Summary/conclusions 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1. Identify three psychological categories of mass attackers.
2. Explain the role of identity issues and aspirations in mass attackers.
3. Discuss the intersection of psychological dynamics and life experiences as risk factors for violence.

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How will CEs be awarded?
PPA will generate and email CE certificates.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

IPA will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration on or before January 22, 2023. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration after this date, no refund will be offered.

Contact: Suzanne Hull, [email protected]