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  MCTC Courses

Crisis / Hostage Negotiation Level 2


This course is restricted to US military, law enforcement or corrections, non-law enforcement members of crisis negotiation teams, or mental health professionals or clergy members supporting law enforcement activities. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training.

Course Description

This course will further enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in Crisis Hostage Negotiation Level 1 – Basic course, or its 40-hour equivalent. A more in-depth study of abnormal psychology, subject precipitated homicide, high element negotiation, use of third party intermediaries, hostage reactions and advanced communication techniques will be a primary focus during the course with special emphasis on dealing with the drug-affected subject and those engaged in illegal drug activity.

New to the course in 2013, is an in-depth discussion of a deliberate strategy for an integrated intervention based on the R.E.A.C.C.T. model, as well as presentations on negotiating with the elderly and negotiating with the hearing impaired.

Uniquely presented in this program is advanced techniques related to the questions posed to subjects and appropriate responses based on the “clusters of five.” You will learn how to say “no,” how to show empathy and how to develop and apply a communication strategy during a negotiation.

In a continued discussion of abnormal psychology, we will examine additional mental health disorders as they relate to crisis negotiation, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We will examine the Subject Precipitated Homicide and behaviors meant to compel law enforcement to respond with deadly force.

Situations that create unique challenges for law enforcement, such as jumpers from bridges, cell towers and overpasses, will be among the advanced concepts discussed. You will also learn guidelines for working with rescue personnel at the scene.

In regard to the hostages involved, we will show you how to interpret the behavior of hostages while in captivity and techniques you can use when dealing with them directly. The consideration of hostages when developing a deliberate strategy will be explored.

Challenging, team-oriented, scenario-driven practical exercises are an integral part of the course and will allow you the opportunity to practice and refine your crisis negotiation skills.

Topics Included

  • Subject Precipitated Homicide
  • Developing a Deliberate Strategy with the REACT Model
  • Communication/Technology Update
  • Use of Third Party Intermediaries and Interpreters
  • Advanced Communication Techniques (Questions)
  • Advanced Communication Techniques (Responses)
  • Abnormal Psychology II
  • The Hostage Experience
  • Negotiating with Hearing Impaired
  • Negotiating with the Elderly

Course Length

Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level 2 is a 5-day (40 hour) course.


Students must complete Crisis Hostage Negotiation – Level 1 (Basic) course, or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course. This class is not recommended for students with no previous negotiation training. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training.


CEH: 16-hours Technical Skill; 10-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; & 14-hours Skill Development.

This event is offered on the following dates

Crisis / Hostage Negotiation - Level 2
Monday, May 13, 2019 - Friday, May 17, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Johnston, IA - Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
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