Homeland Security Human Factors
Spring 2022 Professional Development Series
Understanding the Stress-Security Nexus
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently released its updated Stress in America Survey. Americans say that they feel more anxious about inflation, global uncertainty, and the war in Ukraine than they have reported feeling about any other issue in recent years. The survey findings make clear that U.S. adults appear to be emotionally overwhelmed and showing signs of fatigue. The vast majority of adults agreed it feels like there has been a constant stream of crises over the last two years, and more than 7 in 10 said they are overwhelmed by the number of crises facing the world right now.
We are in an extremely complex and dynamic threat landscape. The behavioral consequences of the current environment have direct implications for your organization’s safety and security. People are on edge and it is only likely to get worse in the coming months. The need to understand the relationship between human behavior and security has never been more important.
To help practitioners in safety, security, business continuity, and emergency management prepare for the challenges ahead, the Spring 2022 Professional Development Series will focus on four topics related to the nexus of stress and disruptive/dangerous behavior in the workplace, on campus, and in the community.
Whether as a first experience delving into Homeland Security Human Factors or building on knowledge from our previous Institutes, today's complex and dynamic threat environment demands that practitioners working in any discipline related to security, emergency management, or business continuity continue to stay ahead of the curve.
The spring schedule runs from April 27 through May 18, with one-hour sessions each Wednesday afternoon (ET). The three one-hour classes are offered individually, but those who register for the 3-part series can also enjoy a free bonus fourth class. For groups larger than 10, please call or email for pricing options.
Participants can join the live instructor-led online class each Wednesday from April 27 through May 18 at 1:00 PM (ET), or view the recorded programs at their convenience. Attendance to the live classes is not required for the certificate of completion for the spring professional development series.
Keep learning and growing in your knowledge about homeland security human factors. Register for individual classes or the certificate program today or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Enforcement Professionals
Intelligence Analysts, Investigators, & Operators
EMS and Fire Personnel
Business Continuity Planners
Health & Safety Professionals
Behavioral Health Professionals
Anyone involved in emergency preparedness, response or recovery
These courses are approved for 1 CPE each for ASIS International Continuing Education Units.
The Summer Institute classes are taught by Steve Crimando, the founder and principal of Behavioral Science Applications. Steve is a 30+ year veteran disaster behavioral health professional and violence prevention expert. He is a Certified Threat Manager (CTM), Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP), Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC), and Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS). Steve was deployed to the 9/11 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks, as well as New Jersey’s anthrax screening center and other acts of international terrorism. He is a published author who is frequently called upon by the media and the courts as an expert in crisis prevention and response. He provides training and support to programs within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, law enforcement, intelligence, and military agencies, as well as NGO’s, such as the United Nations.
Class Descriptions & Schedule
Wednesday, April 27 | Preparing for Civil Unrest
A dangerous new era of civil unrest is dawning. Volatility is a central feature in the current global environment, and instability is likely to continue to escalate against a backdrop of a difficult post-pandemic economic recovery that can further inflame existing public dissatisfaction with governments. With an intense military conflict in Eastern Europe likely to reshape the geopolitical landscape, inflation, unstable oil prices, climate anxiety, and residual pandemic concerns, the factors that can trigger large-scale civil unrest are in place. It is critical that leaders and planners understand the exposure of their assets and personnel in the near term.
Civil unrest taking place around the world can be highly disruptive to all types of business operations and pose a risk to employers and employees alike. This updated program provides timely, actionable information to better help leaders and responders protect their organizations’ personnel and assets by understanding the behavior of protesters, employees, and others in the environment when challenged with the possibility of group, crowd, or mob situations.
Wednesday, May 4 | Operational Stress Control
Organizations and personnel need to be prepared to rapidly respond to and skillfully handle a wide range of potential crisis situations, and in some instances several crises simultaneously. Operating under extreme pressure can stress personnel and resources, sometimes pushing them to their limits. In an environment where failure is not an option, leaders and decision-makers must fully understand the capabilities and limitations of their systems and their people. Errors or ineffective responses can result in costly, even tragic outcomes.
Operational Stress Control is the management of stress as an element of the operating environment to meet strategic and tactical goals. It is not simply generic stress management for wellness purposes. It seeks to identify the unique stressors anticipated in various crisis conditions and develop effective counter-measures. Crisis responders under extreme stress may be operating at reduced capacity and may not be able to fully support their mission. Leaders and teammates are uniquely positioned to observe and influence the psychological functioning and wellness of crisis responders in their organizations.
Operational Stress Control is a form of “psychological force protection.” The two primary objectives of operational stress control are to preserve crisis responder functioning and preserve individual health and well-being. This program explores the challenges, as well as potential strategies and techniques for mitigating and managing the pressure-filled environment of operating in crisis response.
Wednesday, May 11 | The New Radicalization Indicators
"Digital Burnbooks" and "Journaling" are two examples of new covert methods of recruitment and radicalization to extreme ideologies and potential violence. Radicalization is a problem for our entire society, from the innocent people it victimizes to the relationships it breaks apart. It is critical that professionals stay current with the evolving strategies and techniques of those who promote dangerous propaganda and violent ideologies.
We’ve known for years that it can be all too easy for people to become radicalized without even leaving home, but over the past two years, the pandemic forced many people to remain at home for months on end amid great social, political, and economic uncertainty, making the threat of online radicalization bigger than ever. As employees begin making their way back to the workplace, it is important that professionals involved in safety and security are fully aware of the indicators of radicalization as they continue to evolve. Learn the most current methods of radicalization and the indicators that someone may be moving along the pathway to mobilization and violence.
Wednesday, May 18 | Staying Left of Bang with the Active Assailant Threat
Targeted violence, a term originally coined by the behavioral scientists of the U.S. Secret Service, refers to situations in which an individual intentionally commits an act of violence against a preselected target, whether people or places. These acts are potentially foreseeable, as they are the result of an understandable, evolving, and often discernable process of thinking, behavior, and preparation. According to the FBI, lone actors on a pathway toward violence typically display 4 to 5 observable concerning behaviors that may aid in the early identification of at-risk individuals. Behavior and communication have consistently been determined to be the best pre-incident risk indicators to help identify and stop a would-be attacker.
This program will explore established and emerging behavioral risk indicators that may provide professionals an opportunity to off-ramp an individual progressing along the pathway to violence. New research and case examples help keep you up to date in the best practices around active shooter/active assailant prevention.
The fee for individual classes is $65.00 (USD) per session. The fee for the three-part professional development series is $195.00, Groups of 10-20 participants receive an additional discount. Please call for special pricing for groups over 20 participants.
Participants who complete all three classes, either during the live broadcasts or by viewing the recorded versions will receive a certificate demonstrating their successful completion of the program. All major credit cards, as well as debit cards, are accepted for payment.
Please allow 24-hours to receive a link to a class or certificate program after you have registered. Thank you.