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Mass Shooting Prevention: An Evidence-Based Framework

Friday, January 17, 2020
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Saint Paul
411 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Mass Shooting Prevention: 

An Evidence-Based Framework

National Certification Program

This full-day certification training on Friday, January 17, 2020 will use the results of our mass shooting database study to provide data-driven tools and strategies to prevent mass violence from occurring in schools, churches, workplaces, and public spaces.

** Register early to secure your seat - Registration closes on January 9th **


Jillian Peterson, Ph.D.

Jillian Peterson is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University and co-founder of The Violence Project. She launched her career as a special investigator in New York City, researching the psycho-social life histories of men facing the death penalty. Peterson has led large-scale research studies on mental illness and crime, school shooting prevention, and mass violence, which have received international media attention. She is a sought-after national trainer and speaker on issues related to mental illness and violence, trauma, forensic psychology, and mass violence. Dr. Peterson earned her Master’s in social ecology and Doctorate in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She is also trained in restorative justice, violence mediation, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and suicide prevention.

James Densley, Ph.D.

James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University and co-founder of The Violence Project. He has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. Densley has been an invited or plenary speaker on three continents and is the author of two books, 40 refereed articles in leading social science journals, and over 50 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works. He earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Oxford.

Who Should Attend?

  • K-12 Schools - Teachers, Administrators, Counselors and social workers, Paraprofessionals
  • University and College - Faculty, Administrators, Staff
  • Churches - Pastors, Staff, Security teams, Volunteers
  • Workplace - Administrators, Managers, Human Resource Professionals
  • Retail and Restaurant - Owners, Managers, Staff
  • Law Enforcement and Private Security Professionals
  • Policymakers - School Board, City Council, County, State, and National
  • Media


8:30: Registration Opens

9:00: Welcome, Logistics, Introductions, Myths

9:30: Mass shootings in context - Prevalence rates of mass shootings over time

10:00: Demographics of mass shooters - The common framework

10:30: Break and discussion, questions

11:00: Profiles of shooters in different contexts, with case studies

11:30: Our current strategies and a new framework for prevention

12:00: Guest speaker (survivor of a school shooting)

12:30: Break and lunch

1:00: Table Top Exercise

1:30: Crisis - Trauma, Recognizing a crisis, Crisis intervention, Suicide prevention

2:00: Establishing care teams - models

2:30: Break and discussion, questions

3:00: Script - Role of social media, Performance of violence

3:30: Means - Routine activities, Effective security, Data-driven gun policy

4:00: Implementation, questions, discussion

4:30: End


Where is this training?

The DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Saint Paul is located only 9 miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Airport at 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55105. For directions and transportation needs, check the hotel's webpage or call the hotel directly at (651) 291-8800.

How is this training different from ALICE training?

Our Evidence-Based Framework Training provides trainees with data-driven tools and strategies to prevent mass violence. ALICE training is the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate training, which is used in reaction to mass violence.

I am from out of town. What hotels are nearby?

Rooms are available on site at the DoubleTree by Hilton - reserve a room here.

Other hotel accommodations: Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge, The Saint Paul Hotel, InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, Hotel 340

Can I get continuing education credit?

Yes, this training is eligible for six hours of continuing education credit. You will receive a certificate of training at the end of the course. Please email us at with any questions.

We are approved for 6.0 hours of continuing education with the following boards:

  • MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
  • Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 

Additional information and documentation can be provided for individuals to apply to other boards.

Is lunch included?

Lunch and beverages will be provided.

What should I bring?

We recommend you bring a laptop, tablet, or paper and pen to take notes.

What is The Violence Project?

Learn more about The Violence Project on its new website!

If you have any questions, need a scholarship, or would like to join our listserv, please email us at

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