What we do

Mass Shooting Prevention: An Evidence-Based Framework

Full-Day National Certification Program

This full-day certification training uses the results of our mass violence database study to provide data-driven tools and strategies to prevent mass violence from occurring in schools, workplaces, churches, and public spaces.

Trainers: Jillian Peterson, Ph.D. and James Densley, Ph.D.

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Saint Paul, 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55105

Space is limited - register now to secure your seat.

Who should attend?

  • Schools - Teachers, Administrators, School social workers, Paraprofessionals
  • University and College - Administration, Professors, Staff
  • Churches - Pastors, Staff, Security teams, Volunteers
  • Workplace - Administrators, Managers, Human Resources
  • Retail and Restaurant - Owners, Managers, Staff
  • Police Officers and Security Industry
  • Policy Makers - School Board, City Council, County, State, and National
  • Members of the media

Cost per person: $300.00

* Receive a Certificate of Training

* 6 hours of continuing education credit available

* Ticket price includes catered lunch


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

Stay on site at the Doubletree by Hilton: Reserve a room

Other local hotels: Best Western, Saint Paul Hotel, Intercontinental, Hotel 340

Interested in future training dates? Sign up for our mailing list by emailing, admin@theviolenceproject.org for first access.

for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals

The R-Model: Research—Respond—Refer

Our one-day, evidence-based, crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training for law enforcement professionals launched in Spring 2018. Our state of the art program introduces new concepts and protocols, including how to quickly recognize the signs of a crisis, respond to people in crisis, and refer people in crisis to appropriate treatment and services. Prior to administering the training, we conduct stakeholder interviews, analyze crime data, and assess community needs and resources to develop custom agency initiatives.

The R-Model Difference

  • Taught by Ph.D. level psychologist and sociologist who are celebrated experts in the fields
  • Evidence-based, utilizing the latest research in mental health and crisis intervention
  • Trauma-informed
  • Culturally competent
  • Not one-size-fits-all or death-by-PowerPoint, but dynamic and tailored to your agency’s needs
  • Delivered in 8 hours and in-house, meaning we can affordably and efficiently train your entire agency
  • Meets all new Minnesota POST Board approved learning objectives for training in crisis intervention and mental illness crises, as required by Minn. Stat. 626.8469.
  • Minnesota POST approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit

Curriculum Highlights

  • The psychology of mental illness — focused on behavioral cues, not specific diagnostic criteria
  • The sociology of mental illness — a cultural and historical look at why police are on the front lines of mental health care
  • Review of national and local data, including in-house data
  • Evidence-based verbal and nonverbal de-escalation techniques
  • First-hand account of experiencing crisis from an individual with serious mental illness
  • Officer wellness and trauma-informed policing
  • Specific community resources and how police can connect individuals with services
    • For example, at Minnetonka PD we created business cards with local and accessible (no fee) mental health resources for officers to distribute on crisis calls
  • Focused discussion of best practices and innovative agency initiatives being tried nationally


Based on our public mass shooter research, The Violence Project has developed a "revolutionary approach to school safety training" focused on data presentations and crisis intervention skills for adults in school, including de-escalation and suicide prevention.

We offer consulting, education, and training services to school districts, K-12 schools, colleges and universities. We work with educators at all levels (administrators, advisors, faculty, and staff) to understand and address the following:

  • School shootings
  • Cyber-bullying and social media
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Trauma and mental illness
  • Working with students in crisis
  • Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment
  • School–to–prison pipeline


We offer evidence-based workplace violence prevention consulting, education, and training for employers. Past clients include:

  • American Society for Industrial Security
  • Associated Collegiate Press
  • City of Saint Peter
  • Education Minnesota
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Homicide Investigators Association
  • McGregor School District
  • Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties
  • Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Minnesota Juvenile Detention Association
  • Minnesota Office of Justice Programs
  • Minnesota Public Defenders Association
  • Minnesota Security Hospital
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Minnetonka Police Department
  • Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nicollet County Human Services
  • One2One Mentoring
  • Ramsey County Community Corrections
  • Ramsey County Public Health
  • Saint Peter Police Department
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Star Tribune
  • Stearns County Community Corrections