A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence (DECRRV)

Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence (DECRRV)


Designing Effective Community Responses to Radicalization to Violence (DECRRV) is a 6-week facilitator-led online course that provides an interactive, hands-on opportunity to apply design thinking methodologies to the development of community-based Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts. It provides community focused, rigorously researched and academically-informed instruction on CVE.

DECRRV 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: MGT-463-W)

Training Objectives: 

Learners who complete this course will have the ability to:

  • Explain how whole community approaches to CVE can build resilience to hazards, including the threat of violent extremism;
  • Identify the five phases of the design thinking process and associated techniques;
  • Describe how design thinking methods can be used to develop a community-based program to counter violent extremism; and,
  • Utilize design thinking methodologies to develop a community engagement program or initiative to counter violent extremism.
Intended Audience:
Behavioral Health PractitionerCommunity VolunteerCommunity OrganizerEducator/TrainerEmergency Management PersonnelFaith-based Organization PersonnelGeneral PublicLaw Enforcement OfficerPolicymakerSchool Resource OfficerStudent
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
9 Hours
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. 

Course Offerings and Enrollment Period – Upcoming sessions of this course will be offered during the following schedule. Please note: Enrollment is only open during the dates listed below.

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

Training and Research Team: