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Emerging adults’ developmental openness to new ideas, as well as their motivation for connection and belonging, can transform into an all-encompassing worldview that impacts cognition, emotion, and behavior. Explore the psychological trajectory from ideological passion to extremist thinking and violent ideation. Risk and protective factors in personality, behavior, and environment will be reviewed.


This session will examine the psychological process through which the potential for ideologically based violence may develop, with specific focus on the developmental framework of emerging adulthood. The training will address the mental health provider’s role in assessment, consultation, and management of safety concerns both on college campuses and in private practice settings. Clinicians are often in the challenging, perplexing, and sometimes frightening position of assessing emerging adult clients’ potential for violence and advising on action plans for those suspected of violent ideation. Clinical administrators are called upon to recommend safe and ethical courses of action and to respond to personal safety concerns among those interacting with such clients – including other clinicians.


Through case studies, the training will allow participants to develop strategies for clinicians and clinical administrators to effectively, ethically, and empathically act to promote client well-being and safety, and to engage with emerging adults’ college-based systems to support their prosocial change. 


Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in New York State and received her Ph.D. In Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Stark-Adler's professional background includes years of clinical leadership, clinical supervision, and direct psychotherapy service delivery on college campuses. Dr. Stark-Adler is an expert consultant and trainer on a wide variety of topics relevant to emerging adult mental health, including emerging adulthood, college adjustment, high-risk behavior intervention, suicide risk assessment, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence.


  1. Introduction
    1. The need for this training
      1. Clinician responsibility for assessing and clearing potentially violent patients
      2. Lack of training/focus on assessing violence toward others
  • Providing a rubric for thinking about violent ideation through the lens of college mental health, utilizing a multidisciplinary team consultation approach
  1. Understanding when and how to refer for forensic evaluation
  2. Managing internal process/countertransference
  3. Understanding confidentiality and reporting options


  1. Understanding Ideological Extremism
    1. What it is (violence based upon belief) and is not (impulsive, primarily due to psychosis, primarily in response to affective state)
    2. Definitions: radicalism, extremism, terrorism/ideological violence
    3. Trajectory toward violence


  1. Emerging Adulthood
    1. Psychological vulnerability to extremism
    2. Developmental needs for connection, belonging, and identity formation
    3. Internal motivation to network, connect, and seek novel experiences


  1. Significance Quest Theory
    1. Need saliency
    2. Mounting stress/distress
    3. Attaining significance
    4. Perceived value of violent action


  1. Clinical Stance 1: Risk Assessment
    1. Risk Assessment stance – interpretation of a constellation of factors, parallel to suicide assessment
    2. Risk factors for ideologically based violence – three models


  1. Clinical stance 2: Awareness of Systems
    1. Looking at psychosocial setting
    2. Narrative and network effects – beginning to see violence as reasonable
    3. Protective factors against violent behavior


  1. Intervention approaches
    1. Confidentiality concerns
    2. The college model – collaborative, behavioral, multifaceted (including but not relying on psychiatric/mental health assessment)
    3. Behavior Intervention Team – use of NaBITA risk rubric
    4. Review and application of risk rubric
  2. In session interventions
    1. Internal awareness of process and countertransference
    2. Focal points for session discussion
    3. Identifying and accessing community based interventions
    4. Reporting requirements and options
    5. Collaborating with emerging adult clients’ college systems – counseling centers, campus safety/police, behavior intervention teams
    6. Listening while feeling alarmed, maintaining empathy


  1. Review and questions



Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the psychological trajectory from ideological commitment to violent ideation
  • Name the risk and protective factors associated with ideologically based violence
  • identify the clinician and clinical administrator roles in assessment and consultation with emerging adults at risk of violence toward others
  • Understand the complex confidentiality and clinical process concerns related to risk assessment of clients who may be violent
  • Name 3 strategies For collaboration with college-based partners to manage safety concerns and plan for client support
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an advanced level ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 2 Hours

This Webinar Offers 2 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437

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