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The Minds, Lives, and Motivations of Mass Attackers

  • 27 Jan 2023
  • 1:00 PM
  • Via Zoom


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*Registration for Live Attendance at this event has closed*

Friday, January 27th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Central

With On-Demand Option

This workshop is presented by the Nebraska Psychological Association and a coalition of over 30 State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations.

This webinar will start with a review of the justifications cited by perpetrators of mass attacks, as well as a consideration of underlying psychological dynamics. Next, three psychological types of mass attackers will be presented to demonstrate the intersection of their internal dynamics and life experiences. Following this, four additional cases will be reviewed to highlight the variability in functioning among perpetrators and the need to look behind superficial accomplishments to detect risk factors for violence.

*Live Attendance Registration must be completed by Noon Central, Monday, Jan. 23rd.

*Can't attend on the 27th?   On-Demand is available for purchase for 90 days following event (Video will be uploaded a few days after the live event and access provided via email shortly after.)

Expert Presenter Peter Langman, PhD

Dr. Peter Langman is a psychologist whose research on school shooters has received international recognition. His book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, was named an Outstanding Academic Title and was translated into German, Dutch, Finnish, and Russian. His work has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Fox, CNN, the BBC, and nearly 500 other news outlets in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. After the Sandy Hook attack, the CEO of the American Psychological Association presented Dr. Langman’s recommendations on school safety to President Obama. He has presented at both the FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico. He has been an invited speaker at the National Counterterrorism Center and was hired by Homeland Security to train professionals in school safety.

Dr. Langman maintains the largest online collection of materials relating to school shooters at, including over 500 documents totaling 65,000 pages. His book, School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators was published in 2015. In 2018, Dr. Langman became a researcher with the National Threat Assessment Center of the United States Secret Service. In 2020, he became the Director of Research and School Safety Training with Drift Net Securities. His new book is Warning Signs: Identifying School Shooters Before They Strike.


Live Webinar Attendance - Jan. 27th (1:00 – 4:00  Central:

  NPA Member - $55

  General Registration - $75

  Student/Intern - $15

On-Demand Option:

  NPA Member - $40

  General Registration - $65

  Student/Intern - $10

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Identify three psychological categories of mass attackers.
2. Explain the role of identity issues and aspirations in mass attackers.
3. Discuss the intersection of psychological dynamics and life experiences as risk factors for violence.

Workshop Overview:
1. Preliminary material

a. “Who they are and what happens to them”
b. Underestimating psychopathology in mass attackers
c. Power dynamics and identity issues
d. Three categories of justifications used by mass attackers
e. Challenge of identifying potential attackers: case example

2. Case examples to illustrate three psychological types of mass attackers

f. Psychopathic attacker

g. Psychotic attacker

h. Traumatized attacker

3. Additional cases to illustrate diversity of functioning and presentation among attackers

i. Case example: failing in personal and professional domains
j. Failing in personal domain, apparently succeeding in professional domain
k. Apparently succeeding in personal domain, failing in professional domain
l. Apparently succeeding in personal and professional domains
m. Summary/conclusions

The Nebraska Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Nebraska Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Participants attending the live webinar can receive 3 CEs for psychologists, with full attendance required. No partial credit is awarded; late arrival or early departure will preclude awarding of CE credits for psychologists attending the live webinar. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Participants selecting the On-Demand option can receive 3 CEs for psychologists upon full viewing of the video and successful completion of the post-test. CEs for those completing the On-Demand option will be awarded by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association which is an Approved Continuing Education Provider for Nebraska CEs (See NE DHHS 172 NAC 155, 014.02(D)(ii)(11)).

This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice.

Written notification is required on or before January 23, 2023, for complete refund of registration fee.

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