2023 SPTA Coalition Webinar: The Minds, Lives, and Motivations of Mass Attackers
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern
Event Registration
Event Description
This special workshop is presented by a coalition of over 30 State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs)
3.0 Hours of Category I CE credit

Friday, January 27th, 2023, 2:00-5:00 pm, ET

Special Note:  Watch the program live or at your convenience for up to 90 days following the event!

Live Webinar Zoom Connection: 
You will receive a Zoom-generated email with instructions for logging into the Zoom presentation with a unique personal link to join the webinar.  It is critical that you use your full, correct name for your registration and for Zoom because that will be the name printed on your CE Certificate. If you sign up for the live event but circumstances prevent you from attending, you will be allowed to view the recording (for CE credit) within 90 days at no additional charge.

On Demand "Homestudy" Offering available up to 90 days following the event:
If you sign up to view the recording up to 90 days following the event, you will receive instructions to attend the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Thinkific platform AFTER the event has taken place. The registrant will be sent an email from Thinkific with instructions on how to access the home study course.  For the PPA Thinkific platform, participants will have the option of downloading a CE certificate following the (tracked and verified) viewing of the workshop and completion of the post-test.


Program Description:  The Minds, Lives, and Motivations of Mass Attackers
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.

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

Presenter Bio:  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. He maintains the largest 
online collection of materials relating to school shooters at www.schoolshooters.info, 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.

Dr. Peter Langman

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.
Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits. Partial credit cannot be given. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Dr. Langman and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
On Demand CE certificates will be distributed via email from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association post-event. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Registration Fees

IPA Student Members $0
IPA Professional Members - $45
Non-Members - Psychologists and Other Professionals $75
*If a non-member Student seeking to attend, please either join IPA (free membership with "sponsorship" by an IPA Academic Member or, if outside the state of Indiana, please contact info@indianapsychology.org.

Registration will close on at at 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023.
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