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Countering Violent Extremist Narratives

Countering Violent Extremist Narratives


Countering Violent Extremist Narratives is a 3.5-hour, self-paced online course that provides an introduction to the concepts of narratives, counter-narratives, alternative narratives; commonly-found extremist narratives across violent extremist typologies; and, an overview of the principles for developing and delivering counter-narratives and alternative narratives. Enroll Now

Countering Violent Extremist Narratives was developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence and research center housed at the University of Maryland within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). The development and delivery of this course is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division. (Course Number: AWR-365-W)

Please note that violent narratives are presented in this course for academic purposes only. The course creators do not endorse their content and acknowledge that these narratives include content that some learners may find disturbing.

Training Objectives: 

After completing this training course, participants will be able to describe violent extremism and countering violent extremism; explain the role of narratives in violent extremism and countering violent extremism; identify key violent narratives and alternative narratives associated with Homegrown Violent Extremists, Violent White Supremacist Extremists, Violent Miliitia Extremists, Violent Sovereign Citizen Extremists and Anti-Abortion Extremists; and, identify and understand field principles for developing and delivering counter-narrative and alternative narrative content for countering violent extremism at the local level.

Intended Audience:
Behavioral Health PractitionerCommunity VolunteerCommunity OrganizerEducator/TrainerEmergency Management PersonnelFaith-based Organization PersonnelGeneral PublicHealthcare ProfessionalLaw Enforcement OfficerPolicymakerSchool Resource OfficerStudent
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
3 Hours30 Minutes
Registration Info: 

Course Eligibility – Individuals eligible to take this course include U.S. citizens and Legal Residents representing state, local, tribal and territorial entities. This includes representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. and associated with a state, local, tribal, or territorial entity as defined in Congressional Appropriations may take the course after completing a Foreign Visitor Request Form. U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States who are affiliated to a U.S.-based state, local, tribal or territorial entity may take the course. Non-U.S. citizens not connected with a U.S.-based state, local, tribal or territorial entity are not eligible to take the course.

To request a Foreign Visitor Request Form, please email the training team at training@start.umd.edu

Course Requirement  A FEMA Student Identification number is a requirement for registration. The FEMA SID serves as your unique identifier and is used to maintain the record of the FEMA training you complete. If you do not have a FEMA SID, please obtain one at the FEMA's Student Identification System website prior to enrollment in the course. 

Registration is possible through the University of Maryland's Canvas Catalog which allows users to create a unique user id and password, complete registration, access the course, and receive a certificate of completion. You do not need to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to access courses through Canvas Catalog. Upon registration, you are guaranteed access to the course space for 60 days.

Contact Info: 

For more information about any of START’s trainings, contact START Training Team at 301-405-6600, at training@start.umd.edu, or make an online request for more information.