School Safety

School Crisis Team Development: The Path to Extremism- Biopsychosocial Factors in Adolescents and Young Adults

December 9, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This webinar is free of charge for all Massachusetts educators.

Speaker: Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D., CTM, DLFAPA, Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, DC, Department of Behavioral Health

Webinar Description
Educators and clinicians who work with adolescents and young adults face multiple challenges. In recent years, radicalization to violent extremism of all types, including acts of violence that seem to have no ideological basis, has been added to the list of those challenges. Using case examples, this presentation will explore some of the biopsychosocial factors that are linked to radicalization, with the goal of prompting discussion of possible interventions.

About the Speaker
Ronald Schouten, M.D., J.D. is Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC, Director Emeritus of the Law & Psychiatry Service (LPS) of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Chair of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Governmental Affairs Committee. Dr. Schouten previously served as Director of the MGH/Harvard Medical School Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schouten is currently a member of the MassBay Threat Assessment Team based at the Boston FBI Field Office and is past president of the New England Chapter of ATAP.

Dr. Schouten is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry, a Past President of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry, licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, California, New York, and the District of Columbia, and is a Member of the Bar of the State of Illinois. In 2016, he was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  

He is the co-author of “Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy” published by Hazelden/Harvard Health Publications in 2012.  He is the editor of “Mental Health Practice and the Law” published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. He serves on the Advisory Boards of “Parents for Peace” ( and “Psychopathy Is.” (

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While this series is open to all Massachusetts educators, only attendees from districts who belong to MPY may apply for PDPs and/or CEUs.

Slides available here.

Membership Information
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PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
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