Project Description

This unique 3-day course will prepare the experienced crisis negotiator to deal with the very contemporary and relevant topic of adolescents who present a threat in a school environment by taking hostages or attempting to commit suicide.

We will explore current school violence trends throughout the U.S. and the role law enforcement plays in mitigating future threats. To better understand how negotiators must coordinate their efforts with first responders and tactical teams, you will receive an overview of the tactical response in a school environment with special emphasis on low- and mid-level threats. You will also learn how to work collaboratively with school officials when organizing a school response.

Adolescents experience mental health issues unique to their emotional and sociological development and you will learn how these issues differ from those of an adult. You will also gain a basic understanding of the psychological motivations of an adolescent in crisis and learn to recognize the characteristics of an emotionally disturbed youth. The personality disorders most commonly associated with teens as well as strategies for affecting a positive outcome during a crisis will be explained.

A suicidal adolescent who makes a decision to commit suicide at school presents a risk to both peers and faculty. You will learn to identify indicators of the immediacy of suicide intent as well as procedures for ensuring the safety of others. We will also discuss the psychological and sociological aspects of the “Classroom Avenger” with special emphasis on negotiation techniques.

The course will culminate with one of the program’s most challenging scenario-driven practical exercises allowing you to refine your negotiation team work as well as your own personal negotiation skills.


Overview of Trends in School Violence
Pre-incident Planning for a School Response
Overview of the Tactical Response
Adolescent Mental Health
Adolescent Suicide
Negotiating with Troubled Youth


You must be a sworn member of law enforcement or juvenile corrections, a non-law enforcement member of a crisis negotiation team, a mental health professional or a clergy member supporting law enforcement or school activities, a school resource officer, or a member of a school staff assigned duties to a crisis incident response team and have successfully completed CSM’s Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level I (Basic) course, or an equivalent 40-hour crisis negotiation course, to attend this class. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the course director.

NOTE: This course alone does not meet state and federal training requirements for crisis-hostage negotiator certification; however, it is intended as an advanced/refresher for previously trained and experienced negotiators.

(CEH: 4-hours Technical Skill; 8-hours Interpersonal Perspectives & 4-hours Skill Development.)