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Mass Shooting Prevention: An Evidence-Based Framework

Friday, May 29, 2020
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
University of San Diego - Hahn University Center
5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110, USA


Owing to growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our next mass shooting prevention training in May.

This was a tough call to make - our in-person trainings are incredibly important events for us and one of the best ways to collaborate on our mission to end violence through research and action -- but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our attendees and employees. We must also adhere to the recommendations of the CDC and our host site, The University of San Diego, which has issued a moratorium on all on campus events.

For those who had already signed up, we will issue a full refund in the coming days, so please keep an eye on your accounts. 

We’ll share additional details on our plans for new training dates in the coming weeks. Anyone on our mailing list will receive email updates directly. 

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and understanding -- and we look forward to connecting again soon. 


Jill and James

The Violence Project 

Mass Shooting Prevention: 

An Evidence-Based Framework

National Certification Program

This full-day certification training on Friday, May 29th, 2020 will use the results of our mass shooting database study to provide data-driven tools and strategies to prevent mass violence from occurring in schools, churches, workplaces, and public spaces.

** Register early to secure your seat - Registration closes on May 15th **

Who Should Attend?

  • K-12 Schools - Teachers, Administrators, Counselors and social workers, Paraprofessionals
  • University and College - Faculty, Administrators, Staff
  • Churches - Pastors, Staff, Security teams, Volunteers
  • Workplace - Administrators, Managers, Human Resource Professionals
  • Retail and Restaurant - Owners, Managers, Staff
  • Law Enforcement and Private Security Professionals
  • Policymakers - School Board, City Council, County, State, and National
  • Media

Training Agenda:

8:00 - 9:00: Check-in

9:00 - 9:30: Welcome, Logistics, Introductions

9:30 - 10:30: Mass shootings in context, the database, who are the mass shooters?

10:30 -11:00: Questions / Break

11:00 -12:00: Profiles, case studies, framework for prevention

12:00 - 12:30: Break – lunch provided

12:30 - 2:00: Prevention and intervention strategies

2:00 - 2:30: Questions . Break

2:30 - 4:00: The R-Model

4:00 - 4:30 : Questions, Wrap Up, Next Steps


Jillian Peterson, Ph.D.

Jillian Peterson is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University and co-founder of The Violence Project. She launched her career as a special investigator in New York City, researching the psycho-social life histories of men facing the death penalty. Peterson has led large-scale research studies on mental illness and crime, school shooting prevention, and mass violence, which have received international media attention. She is a sought-after national trainer and speaker on issues related to mental illness and violence, trauma, forensic psychology, and mass violence. Dr. Peterson earned her Master’s in social ecology and Doctorate in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She is also trained in restorative justice, violence mediation, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and suicide prevention.

James Densley, Ph.D.

James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University and co-founder of The Violence Project. He has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. Densley has been an invited or plenary speaker on three continents and is the author of two books, 40 refereed articles in leading social science journals, and over 50 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works. He earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Oxford.

Where is this training?

The University of San Diego - Hahn University Center is located at 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110, USA. For directions and transportation needs, check the University of San Diego's webpage or call them directly at (619) 260-4592

How is this training different?

Our Evidence-Based Framework Training provides trainees with data-driven tools and strategies to prevent mass violence. Existing training focuses more on active shooter drills and reaction to mass violence.

I am from out of town. What hotels are nearby?

There are several nearby hotels, including: Comfort Inn & Suites San Diego, Best Western Seven Seas, Handlery Hotel San Diego, Candlewood Suites San Diego

Can I get continuing education credit?

Yes, this training is eligible for six hours of continuing education credit. You will receive a certificate of training at the end of the course. Please email us at with any questions.

We are approved for 6.0 hours of continuing education with the following boards:

  • MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
  • Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 
  • CA Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (pending)
  • Currently applying for additional approval - please contact us with specific questions

Additional information and documentation can be provided for individuals to apply to other boards.

Is lunch included?

Lunch and beverages will be provided.

What should I bring?

We recommend you bring a laptop, tablet, or paper and pen to take notes.

What is The Violence Project?

Learn more about The Violence Project on its new website!


“This was fabulous, and I think your training and awareness should be mandatory for all schools” 

“I think seeing the actual statistics were critical. There are lots of false narratives that spread fear. This was an incredible experience”

“Outstanding training - best I've had in 30 years”

“Jill and James are excellent presenters with a wealth of experience and made this intense topic approachable and hopeful”

For information about scholarships or group discounts, please email

Tickets are sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Tickets will not be refunded within 30 days of the training. Tickets do not include hotel or transportation costs.

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