Incels On Campus: Preventative Steps For Threat Assessment, Escalation To Violence & College Risk

Thursday, December 2 ~ 1:00-2:30pm (Eastern)

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Challenge - Assessing and responding to involuntary celibates (incels)

Helping teachers, educators, student discipline and conduct, counseling staff, law enforcement, and BIT/CARE teams better understand how the incel philosophy is adopted, how it escalates to violence, and stop this progression. The webinar will review core risk factors for incel beliefs, discuss threat assessment and treatment options for those who follow this nihilist and destructive way of thinking. While many have heard the term “incel,” there is an increased need to explain the nature of this spectrum behavior and address the risk of violence to the larger community.

Key Takeaway

Participants will better understand the rising trend in men who describe themselves as an involuntary celibate and what elements contribute to this philosophy. In recent months, there have been several mass shootings involving individuals who identify as incels. The speakers will address preventative steps to identify, assess and treat those who subscribe to these beliefs. 

Overview

This webinar addresses the challenge of assessing and responding to the growing involuntary celibate (incel) trend in recent decades. Beyond the misogynistic tone of their ideas, a central concern lies in the movement toward targeted violence. Incels who fully swallow the black pill (a term used to describe the futility of fighting against pre-determined genetics make them inferior and unable to compete with other men) become increasingly depressed, isolated and angry. These hardened perspectives and perceived/actual slights lead to the collection of injustices and grievances that, in turn, lead to violence towards a society that has failed them and women that will remain out of arm’s reach.

Dr. Chris Taylor and Dr. Van Brunt, prior president of NABITA, author of over a dozen books on topics of BIT, CARE, and threat assessment, and creator of several threat assessment measures, will discuss these concepts and offer clear and actionable examples of how to address the growing incel philosophy from a BIT/CARE and counseling perspective. Drawing from research and examples from his recent book Understanding and Treating Incels he will review the core tenets of the incel philosophy and what the best approaches are to address these behaviors in educational settings. The online training will include a supplemental packet of research-based risk factors, sample procedures, and assessment guidance. In addition, discussion questions and several case studies will be included to help participants better understand and apply the concepts discussed.

Objectives

  • Define the risk factors that cause individuals to become further indoctrinated into this philosophy.
  • Describe the core elements of where these incel beliefs arise from and how to stop the escalation through BIT/CARE and therapeutic interventions.
  • Explore incel language and the unique, ever-changing vocabulary used in online discussions.
  • Examine numerous case studies and research related to incel’s who have become radicalized to violence.
  • Learn protective and stabilizing factors that offer scaffolding and redirection to those moving down the pathway to violence.
  • Administration
  • Enrollment Management
  • Faculty (particularly those teaching online)
  • Human Resources
  • Online Learning
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Law Enforcement
  • BIT/CARE teams
  • Any educator interested in learning more about involuntary celibates and safety
Left unchecked, the incel’s spiral of sadness, isolation, self-loathing and inability to connect with women leads to attempts to reach out to other like-minded individuals, often on the internet. These sad and frustrated men often commiserate about the unfairness of their lives and the lack of any hope that things will improve. Advice is often given on various methods to try to lure women into sexual encounters, but these examples often lead to more failure, rejection, and the belief that they will never reach their goals.
Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor, a 30 year veteran of higher education, serves as the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he has responsibility for counseling and wellness, student advocacy, student union and programs, recreational sports, residence life, and student conduct. He also chairs the university CARE and threat team. Chris's research interests are in the areas of masculinities, ethical development in men, fraternities, student development, and violent extremism. He has served on the leadership team for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and has been a member of NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, and the American Men's Studies Association. He is a trained Title IX adjudicator and has also worked with D Stafford and Associates as a national Clery Act consultant. He has presented on a variety of topics including gender based violence, the Clery Act, FERPA, men and masculinities, masculinity in fraternities, the incel movement, and a variety of topics related to student conduct.

Bio current as of December 2021.

Brian Van Brunt


As an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment and mental illness, Dr. Brian Van Brunt is here to keep your school or organization safe and help at-risk individuals access the care they need. Brian is the Assistant Deputy Director of Training for Secure Community Network (SCN), the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. He oversees their training program and is involved in the assessment and instructional design of programs to keep the Jewish community safe from threat and violence. As the past president of the National Association of Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA) and the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Brian brings his national perspective along with his experience as a counseling center director to provide consulting on issues of behavioral intervention, threat assessment, suicide prevention, diversity, equity and inclusion, site assessments, climate surveys and more. Having presented workshops, trainings and keynote addresses worldwide and authored over a dozen books, Brian is ready to speak to your group on a wide range of topics and can tailor his address to your needs. He will work with you and your organization to provide the information and training you need to maintain and safe and healthy community.

Bio current as of December 2021.

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