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Course: Crisis Hostage Negotiation Level I (Basic)
Location: Midwest Counterdrug Training Center 7105 NW 70th Ave., Camp Dodge JMTC, Johnston, IA 50131

Dates: October 22 – 26, 2018  8:00am – 5:00pm daily


This course is restricted to US military, law enforcement or corrections, non-law enforcement members of crisis negotiation teams, or mental health professionals or clergy members supporting law enforcement activities. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training.

Course Description

The first in a series of three progressive courses, Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level 1 (Basic) addresses the fundamental tasks of a successful crisis negotiator. This course will prepare you to work as part of a coordinated negotiation team and handle a variety of crisis situations including hostage takers, barricaded subjects, and potential suicide victims with a special emphasis on dealing with the drug-affected subject and those engaged in illegal drug activity.

The effective application of active listening skills and the Behavioral Influence Stairway Model will be discussed at length and reemphasized throughout the progression of all three courses.

Students learn the different phases of the negotiation process, from the introduction to the surrender, and specific strategies and techniques to be used along the way. This course discusses when negotiation may not be the best solution, what items are negotiable and non-negotiable, and what to do in non-response situations.

The management of intelligence and information is a critical aspect of mitigating any law enforcement threat and students learn specific techniques for managing the flow of information during a crisis.

Students also gain a basic understanding of the psychological motivations of persons in crisis and learn to recognize the characteristics of emotionally disturbed persons. Students learn about the personality disorders which are most commonly encountered during a crisis incident as well as strategies for affecting a positive outcome.

Challenging, team-oriented, scenario-driven practical exercises involving drug-affected subjects and those involved in the criminal aspects of an illegal drug culture, are an integral part of the course and will allow you the opportunity to practice and refine your crisis negotiation skills.

Included Topics

  • Introduction to Crisis Negotiation
  • Effective Communication I
  • Pre-incident Planning
  • Command Response
  • Intelligence and Information Management
  • Negotiating as a Team
  • Principles of Crisis Negotiation
  • Law Enforcement and the Psychological Crisis
  • Abnormal Psychology for Crisis Negotiators
  • Suicide Intervention for Law Enforcement

Course Length

Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level 1 is a 5-day (40 hour) course.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.


This course meets most state, Department of Defense, and federal training requirements for crisis-hostage negotiator certification, is trained in accordance with guidelines established by the National Council of Negotiation Associations.

(CEH: 18-hours Technical Skill; 8-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; & 14-hours Skill Development.)