Violent extremism is a growing concern in the US. Responding to violent extremism requires a “whole of society” approach calling on many different professions, institutions, and communities to take coordinated action. The response, whether from social workers, clergy, school counselors, or therapists, needs to be built, however, on a deep understanding of the drivers and mechanisms affecting individuals who are vulnerable to embracing violent extremist ideology, as well as grounded in the use of effective tools, and proven approaches and methodologies to help individuals leave hate and violence behind.
The training program was developed and is conducted by Violence Prevention Network’s experienced specialist practitioners in the prevention of violent extremism with decades of combined experience working with ideologically motivated individuals. The training will also include guest lecturers, expert videos, and relevant readings that draw on the latest research findings.