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Human Factors in Homeland Security
2021 Fall Professional Development Series

Whether as a first experience delving into Homeland Security Human Factors or building on knowledge from the 2021 Summer Institute, 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 Fall 2021 professional development series features three interrelated topics dealing with the prevention and response to behavioral crises and the risk of violence.     

The fall schedule runs from October 6-20, with a one-hour session 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 additional exclusive class. Students who have completed the Certificate Program in Homeland Security Human Factors during the summer institute are eligible for an additional discount.  For groups larger than 10, please call or email for pricing options. 


Participants can join the live instructor-led online class each Wednesday from October 6 through 20 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 fall 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   

Register for the fall 2021 series today! 

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Intended Audience

  • Emergency Managers

  • Security Directors

  • Law Enforcement Professionals  

  • Intelligence Analysts, Investigators, & Operators

  • EMS and Fire Personnel

  • Business Continuity Planners

  • Risk Managers

  • Health & Safety Professionals  

  • Behavioral Health Professionals

  • Anyone involved in emergency preparedness, response or recovery 



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, October 6  |  Mental Health Emergencies in the Workplace  


U.S. Health & Human Services reports that one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness, and further, that mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders are now surpassing all other forms of disability worldwide. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on mental health, and the effects of that health crisis are just beginning to be seen.


Leaders must also be cognizant of and prepared to address the multiple stressors hitting the workforce in a short period of time that may weigh on employees’ coping mechanisms. The climbing suicide rate has become a problem for businesses, too. The Bureau of Labor of Statistics has reported that more people are killing themselves in the workplace than ever before.


The current unprecedented situation may compound and magnify emotional reactions with fear, frustration, anger, and distrust.

Left unchecked, mental health problems in the workplace can be disruptive and dangerous. This program provides actionable information about the impact and signs of common mental illnesses, available management strategies, risk factors for suicide, and methods of crisis prevention. It will also provide an introduction to behavioral health crisis intervention using psychological first aid, and mental health first aid concepts.  


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Wednesday, October 13 | Key Concepts in Threat Assessment & Threat Management

According to the FBI, threat assessment is a systematic, fact-based method of investigation and examination that blends the collection and analysis of multiple sources of information with published research and practitioner experience, focusing on an individual’s patterns of thinking and behavior to determine whether, and to what extent, a person of concern is moving toward an attack. A threat assessment is not a final product, but the beginning of the management process.

Learn the core components of threat assessment, what constitutes a threat,  warning signs of violence, situational risk factors, risk factors for the mentally ill, protective factors, and principles of risk assessment and threat management to help your organization develop an effective threat assessment process and/or team.

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Wednesday, October 20 | Comprehensive Active Shooter Incident Management (CASIM)

Every organization and community is vulnerable to violence, regardless of size or type. There is no type of organization or geographic location immune from this risk. The Active Assailant threat is a dynamic, multifaceted problem that requires a multidimensional approach to prevention, response, and recovery. Case studies have indicated that shooters often begin planning and preparing for an attack weeks, months, and sometimes years in advance. The post-incident consequences for individuals, families, communities, and organizations can last for decades. 

To mitigate this risk, it is important to understand the dynamics of the violent event, plan for the full cycle of the event, and prepare those at risk with the necessary information and skills. Understanding and planning for the entire incident cycle is the approach discussed in this program, and is referred to as "Comprehensive Active Shooter Incident Management." 

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Program Fees

The fee for individual classes is $65.00 (USD) per session. The fee for the three-part professional development series is $195.00, Those participating in the series will also receive an invitation to a specialized fourth class, at no extra charge . There is an additional $10.00 discount for students who have received their certificate in Homeland Security Human Factors from participation in previous training institutes. Groups of 10-20 participants receive an additional discount.

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. 

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