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Adolescent and Young Adult Mass Murder: Assessment and Management of Catastrophic Risk

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CE Credits: 3 Credits
Length: 3 Hours
Level: Introductory
CE Eligibility: APA, ASWB, ANCC, NBCC, NAADAC, CPA
Training Style: Video
Category: STS Training Series
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
Drawing on recent cases of mass murder, including the Virginia Tech killings in April 2007, Dr. Meloy will present what is currently known about adolescent and young adult mass murder. He will focus on both static (unchanging) and dynamic (changing) variables, drawing clinical and forensic distinctions between the more common predatory mode of violence in such murders, and the rare affective mode of violence in such murders. Similarities and differences between adolescents and young adults who commit such killings will be delineated, including suicidality, pairing, bifurcation, weapons use, paranoia, depression, psychosis, and developing personality disorders. Markers along the pathway toward such violence, including “leakage,” preparation, planning, and third party “concern” will be discussed. Dr. Meloy will emphasize the use of both threat assessment teams for the noncooperative but apparently dangerous young adult, and more readily available and comprehensive voluntary mental health services for the young adult who is desperate for help and may be at risk for such extreme violence. NOTE: This training was filmed in front of a live audience at an event organized by Specialized Training Services.
Trainer Biography
J. Reid Meloy, PhD is a board-certified forensic psychologist and clinical professor of psychiatry, Univ. of California, San Diego. Dr. Meloy is also a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He consults on cases in both North America and Europe, and is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous papers and eleven books. Dr. Meloy is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico.
Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  • Describe the importance of dynamic vs. static risk factors for adolescent and young adult mass murder
  • Explain the differences between affective and predatory violence
  • Identify the markers along the pathway to targeted violence in adolescents and young adults
  • Discuss how mental health issues may or may not contribute to violence in adolescents and young adults

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