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  • Webinar
     August 11, 2023
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Central Standard Time (CST)


Killers kill for varied reasons. Some possess clinical levels of traits within the so-called “Dark Tetrad”: Narcissism, Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and Sadism. Research supports that if a person scores high in one of these areas, they are more likely to score relatively high in another.

Sadistic killers are primarily motivated by their desire to inflict pain or suffering on others for their own pleasure. Though we tend to highlight those killers particularly motivated by their sexual perversions and sexually sadistic desires to kill, not all sadistic killers are motivated by perverted sexual fantasy. Even if we have little occasion to treat sadistic killers in a clinical setting, it is important to know the developmental characteristics, environmental drivers, and psychological factors that uniquely contribute to this type of violent, horrific, and destructive behavior. A solid clinical foundation in this area of neurocriminology plays a critical role in prevention, which may ultimately save lives.

Sadistic homicide offenders, although rare, cause great harm and suffering to their victims and society. The crimes committed by these types of offenders generate extensive media coverage and contribute to much public confusion, fear, and fascination. This training will examine the possible prenatal and postnatal neurobiopsychosocial factors associated with sadistic homicide offending through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens. Early life prevention and intervention strategies will also be discussed. Related topics discussed will include: offender typologies and classifications, juvenile sadistic homicide offenders, mysopeds, the Dark Tetrad, psychiatric disorder, deviant sexual fantasies, triggering events, revenge, rage control issues, social skill limitations, attachment dysregulation, similarities and differences between serial sexual homicide offenders vs. non-serial sexual homicide offenders and single offender homicide perpetrators, crime scene behaviors, weapon selection, homicidal necrophilia, caregiver abuse and neglect, violent pornography exposure, paraphilic behaviors, empathy deficits, sexual sadism, personality disorders, psychopathy, and more.


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 Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, August 11, 2023


1:00pm – 4:00pm CST 

2:00pm – 5:00pm EST 

11:00am – 2:00pm PST


*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define sadistic homicide offenders, neurocriminology, forensic psychology, and other related constructs.

b). Learn and describe the potential prenatal and postnatal factors associated with these cases.

c). Learn and discuss how neurocriminology and forensic psychology research can provide additional insights into why some individuals commit sadistic homicide offenses.

d). Learn and discuss early life prevention and intervention approaches through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens.

e). Review and discuss empirically based research findings and related case studies.


Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), confabulation, suggestibility, trauma and other life adversities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and youth firesetting. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law from Michigan State University. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters, and recently, co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

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