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Countering Violent Extremist Narratives is a Course

Countering Violent Extremist Narratives

Time limit: 60 days


Full course description

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.

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.

Intended Audience: 
The training is intended for community actors (also referred to as community builders) whose employment, political role or position of influence provides them with the opportunity to strengthen communities against violent extremist narratives by advocating counter and alternative narratives. The intended audience includes, but it is not limited to, social workers, educators, mental heath professionals, local elected officials, community activists/advocates and faith leaders. It also encompasses law enforcement officers with community engagement roles such as school resource officers, public affairs officers, and community outreach specialists, many of whom live in the communities they protect and serve. 

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 Appropriates may take this course after completing a Foreign Visitor Request Form. U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States who are connected 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.

Course Requirements:
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.

FEMA Course Certification:
Countering Violent Extremist Narratives was developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based at the University of Maryland, and is sponsored with funding through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Training and Education Division. This course has received FEMA certification and can be found in the National Preparedness Course Catalog. (Course number: AWR-365-W)

Additional Information: 
To view technical requirements, please view the Canvas guide on computer specifications.

For more information about any of START's trainings please contact the Training Team at or make an online request for more information.

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