Session 13: The Mind of the Terrorist
There is not one terrorism, but rather a spectrum of terrorisms, and accordingly there is a spectrum of terrorist psychologies. This symposium strives to convey an understanding of the individual, social, and organizational psychology of terrorism that impels members to righteously kill civilians in pursuit of their goals. Consideration is given to the implications of current trends for the future course of terrorism, and implications for counter-terrorism.
Thursday Definitions and typologies; Historical background; Terrorist psychology
Friday Terrorist tactics; Terrorism and the media; Counter-terrorism
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) Describe the spectrum of terrorisms
(2) Explain the difference between various types of terrorism and their differing psychologies
(3) Discuss the evolution of terrorist tactics and the implications for the future course of terrorism
(4) Discuss the psychology of international conflict and how it influences decision making
Jerrold Post, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Political Psychology, and International Affairs at George Washington University. Prior to his position there, he had a 21-year career with the CIA, where he founded and directed the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, providing assessments of foreign leadership and decision making for the President and other senior officials to prepare for high level negotiations and for use in crisis situations. Dr. Post is author of several books including, Narcissism and Politics: Dreams of Glory, and The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda.
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The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
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Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.
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Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
- 8.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 8.00 APAAPA credit.
- 8.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.