This essential two-day training program will enable frontline personnel and their managers to:

  • More accurately investigate and assess risk in our digitally hyperconnected world;
  • Enhance threat assessment capabilities;
  • Proactively create safer public and private spaces within our communities.

Presented by two internationally renown experts in the Behavioural Sciences and Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT), this ground-breaking program will use recent case studies to develop the skills to collect, analyze, and assess online content to reduce the risk of violent behaviour in a wide range of scenarios.

Learn About

  • The deeper meaning of online identities;
  • Modern stalking issues and cyberstalking subtypes;
  • Trolling, bullying, and online gangs;
  • Social media and the “Dark Web”: Current tools and techniques for collecting, collating, and analyzing online content in the threat assessment process;
  • The psychology of hackers and “hacktivists”;
  • The disinhibiting effect of being online and cyber concepts such as escalation, socialization, and syndication;
  • Pathological and normal personality subtypes, and how this relates to who is at risk of violence, and who is at risk of being victimized;
  • Online sexual offending and the individuals who perpetrate those crimes;
  • The personality types that are vulnerable to specific social engineering strategies in cyber security breaches;
  • The psychological pathway in radicalization and terrorism;
  • How relevant psychological items within Dr. Reid Meloy’s TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol) may appear online;
  • Calhoun and Weston’s concept of “Howlers” versus “Hunters” in the threat assessment domain, and how this translates into online behaviours.

About the Instructors

Dr. Cynthia Baxter, MD FRCPC DABPN, is a Canadian forensic psychiatrist who has been assessing and managing violent offenders, sex offenders, and severe personality disorders for the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and the health care system since 2002. She is board-certified in both Canada and the United States, and enjoys collaborating with a variety of different professionals in order to assess and manage difficult cases. Dr. Baxter is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, and has an appointment with the Alberta Review Board for the management of individuals found not criminally responsible for crimes. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (DABPN) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) with forensic sub-specialty certification.

David Toddington is the Founder and CEO of Toddington International Inc. An internationally acclaimed speaker and educator, David has personally delivered a wide range of advanced proactive and reactive Open Source Intelligence and investigative solutions to both the private and public sectors over the past two decades. In working with the private sector, David maintains a position as Special Advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Crime Section in London. He also sits as Chair of the Open Source Intelligence and Research Association (OSIRA), a professional body for the OSINT industry. Among other awards, David has been the recipient of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer’s Commendation for his work in the development and implementation of new police Open Source Intelligence systems.

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