Project Description


This course will further enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in Crisis Hostage Negotiation Level I – Basic course, or its 40-hour equivalent. A more in-depth study of abnormal psychology, subject precipitated homicide, high element negotiation, use of third party intermediaries, hostage reactions and advanced communication techniques will be a primary focus during the course.

There will be an in-depth discussion of a deliberate strategy for an integrated intervention based on the R.E.A.C.C.T. model, as well as presentations on negotiating with the elderly.

Uniquely presented in this program is advanced techniques related to the questions posed to subjects and appropriate responses based on the “clusters of five.” You will learn how to say “no,” how to show empathy and how to develop and apply a communication strategy during a negotiation.

In a continued discussion of abnormal psychology, we will examine additional mental health disorders as they relate to crisis negotiation, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We will examine the Subject Precipitated Homicide and behaviors meant to compel law enforcement to respond with deadly force.

Situations that create unique challenges for law enforcement, such as jumpers from bridges, cell towers and overpasses, will be among the advanced concepts discussed.  You will also learn guidelines for working with rescue personnel at the scene.

In regard to the hostages involved, we will show you how to interpret the behavior of hostages while in captivity and techniques you can use when dealing with them directly. The consideration of hostages when developing a deliberate strategy will be explored.

Lastly, we will discuss in depth the Sovereign Citizen Movement and specific techniques for negotiating with them.

Challenging, team-oriented, scenario-driven practical exercises are an integral part of the course and will allow you the opportunity to practice and refine your crisis negotiation skills.


Subject Precipitated Homicide
Developing a Deliberate Strategy with the REACCT Model
Use of Third Party Intermediaries and Interpreters
Advanced Communication Techniques (Questions)
Advanced Communication Techniques (Responses)
High Element Negotiation
Abnormal Psychology II
The Hostage Experience
Negotiating with the Sovereign Citizen


You must be a sworn member of law enforcement or corrections, a non-law enforcement member of a crisis negotiation team, or a mental health professional or a clergy member supporting law enforcement activities, to attend this course. Students attending must have successfully completed both Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level I (Basic) course, or its 40-hour equivalent, and a Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level II (Intermediate) course or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course. This course is not open to students with no prior negotiation training. Requests for exceptions for Level I and Level II equivalents must be submitted and approved by the course director.

NOTE: This course is trained in accordance with guidelines established by the National Council of Negotiation Associations.

(CEH: 10-hours Technical Skill; 8-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; 1-hour Legal Studies & 21-hours Skill Development)