Mason Offers Seminar on Violent Crime Profiling

Posted: January 9, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Office of Continuing Professional Education presents a seminar Thursday and Friday, Jan. 11-12, that examines the nature of violent crime. The program, held at the Manassas Battlefield Holiday Inn, is intended for professionals in law enforcement, mental health, corrections, and social work, as well as others responsible for units that investigate or attempt to prevent violent crime.

“Profiling Crimes of Violence,” led by renowned criminologist Robert K. Ressler, examines the causes of violent crimes and the use of criminal personality profiling in dealing with such offenses, and offers detailed instruction on the techniques of identifying various personality types that lend themselves to violent behavior. Workshop topics include serial, sexual, mass, and spree homicides; workplace and school violence; and hostage situations.

Ressler is the director of Forensic Behavioral Services International, an organization dedicated to consulting, lecturing, training, and expert witness testimony in the areas of criminology and law enforcement. During a 20-year career with the FBI, he worked with the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, formulated the Criminal Personality Research Program, and was the first program manager of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. He also served 10 years in the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Army.

The cost of the seminar is $250. For more information, call x38335.

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