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Mass Murderers: Case Studies & the Role of Paranoia

US$160 Regular Price

-US$25 GIFR Member Price

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CE Credits: 4 Credits
Length: 2 Hours (Video) + 2 Hours (Reading)
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video + Readings
Category: 2015 Sexual Offender Training Series
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
In this workshop, attendees will review mass murderers, “terrorist” murders, and school shooters. Based on diaries left behind by school shooters who died during their crimes, several themes will emerge: 1) Resentment of a “successful” group seen as receiving unjust rewards, 2) Poor treatment by this “successful” group, and 3) The role of vengeance for the poor treatment by this “successful” group. The role of paranoid delusional thinking in these crimes will be discussed, as interviews do not confirm maltreatment resembling what the shooters perceived. A working model for paranoia is put forth, incorporating genetic factors, attachment, peer relations, and hunger for fame.
Trainer Biographies
Don Dutton, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. During the 15 years he spent providing therapy for court-mandated men convicted of wife assault, he developed a psychological model for perpetrators of intimate partner abuse. This clinical experience has driven Dr. Dutton to publish over 100 papers and five books, including the Domestic Assault of Women (1995), The Batterer: A Psychological Profile (1995), The Abusive Personality (2002), and Rethinking Domestic Violence (2006). Dr. Dutton has frequently served as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials involving domestic abuse and family violence, and has provided numerous workshops to professionals based on his work.
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Gain familiarity with high-profile mass shooters through case studies
  • Improve understanding of paranoid thinking styles
  • Develop the ability to apply paranoid models to mass shooters
  • Encourage appreciation as to why psychopathy is contraindicated in school shootings

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR) has been approved by NBCC as an approved Continuing Education provider, ACEP No. 6711. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GIFR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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