Gun Violence & Campus Safety: Understanding Motivations & Developing Prevention Strategies
Gun Violence and Campus Safety:  Understanding Motivations and Developing Prevention Strategies
On-Demand Training
Registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.
Paper-Based Registration Form
Registration Fee: $425.00

Description Speaker(s)
The overwhelming majority of violent and lethal acts on college campuses are committed by males. Join Drs. Laker and Van Brunt as they share with you the motivation behind rampage shootings through the lens of masculinity. They will explore a variety of case studies that illustrate the central motivations for mass causality violence and explore how societal expectations and messages associated with masculinity may contribute to these attacks. Factors such as hopelessness and despair, disenfranchisement and feeling unheard, trauma, stigma of vulnerability and help-seeking, along with mental health symptoms such as social isolation, paranoia, delusions, and irrational and catastrophizing thoughts will be explored.

This will be an interactive and engaging program presenting video clips and key insights into the minds of those who have killed others on campuses. Exploration of shooters’ writings, recordings, and states of mind will provide audience members with a vivid picture of what moved these individuals toward a path of violence. While male role socialization does not negate responsibility for violence, knowledge about it can inform practices that reduce its possibility. The presenters will also provide some clear and practical advice on how to move forward and address these factors through discussion and prevention-based programming at the college and university level.
  • Review some common motivations for rampage violence and be able to identify key factors in hopes of prevention
  • Explore recent cases of rampage gun violence and understand what kind of thoughts and beliefs drove the shooter forward
  • Understand how mental health symptoms may exacerbate and escalate an attack forward.
  • Understand and be able to demonstrate research-based threat assessment concepts through ATAP’s RAGE-V (2006) and Turner and Gelles (2003) model of threat assessment
  • Discuss how masculinity and culture impact a shooter’s decision to move forward in an attack
  • Review practical advice on how to address these issues on their campus to better address the negative messages men receive that encourage and reinforce violence
Who should attend?
  • 2 & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Risk Management Team
  • Threat Assessment Team
  • Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
  • Campus Safety
  • Advising
  • Counseling
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Residence Life
  • Student Life

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