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Join us October 10, 2023, 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT/ 8:30-9:30 p.m. ET (1 hour)

“Mass Public Violence by “Incels’: Evaluating Threats and Risk”

This is being offered as a professional continuing education presentation live online workshop. Those who qualify may be eligible to receive continuing education credits for completing this program.


Lecturer: DJ Williams, PhD

Over the past several years, an online community of self‐ described “incels,” referring to involuntary celibates, has emerged and gained increased public attention. Central to the guiding incel ideology and master narrative are violent misogynistic beliefs and an attitude of entitlement, based on male gender and social positioning, with respect to obtaining desired and often illusory sexual experiences. While violence and hate speech within the incel community are both common, there exists a notable subset of incels who have been willing to act on those violent beliefs through the commission of acts of multiple murder. This study explores the demographic, cognitive, and other characteristics of seven self‐identified incels who have attempted and/or successfully completed homicide. The findings suggest that although self‐perceptions tend to reflect either grandiosity or self‐deprecation, homicidal incels share similar demographic characteristics and dense common clusters of neutralization techniques, cognitive distortions, and criminal thinking errors. (Reference list available upon request).

DJ Williams is a board member, Journal of Positive Sexuality co-founder, and a social and behavioral scientist at Idaho State University. DJ is a leading international expert on deviance as leisure experience, and he has been a consultant and/or expert witness on several high-profile forensic cases involving sexuality and actual or potential violence.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the different types of incels, and key terms (e.g., “pill” jargon) associated with incel ideology;
  • Identify key risk dimensions associated with specific types of mass public violence (disgruntled employees, school shootings, ideologically-motivated, and rampage);
  • Recognize the two self-perceptual styles of incels who have committed mass public violence;
  • Identify specific clusters of neutralizations, criminal thinking errors, and cognitive distortions that are present in incels who have committed mass public violence.


Professionals seeking 1 unit/hour of APA credit – $75
Attendees not seeking credits – $40
Students – $25

Payments for this webinar may be tax deductible.

APA Approved Sponsor

Center for Positive Sexuality is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Positive Sexuality maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additional Information

Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is the organization that will sponsor the CE credit. CPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. CPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Many states honor APA CE credits for other licensed health professionals, please check with your own state licensing board.

This presentation will not be recorded. Attendees cannot earn CEs asynchronously. Attendees requesting CEs must attend the full hour and complete check-in and check-out forms when prompted. Attendees will also be asked to complete an evaluation form after the program.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to ten days before a scheduled workshop without penalty and receive a credit for another workshop or a refund minus $5 for processing costs. If you cancel less than ten days before, you will be responsible for payment. Center for Positive Sexuality reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet our minimum registration within 4 business days of the class. If Center for Positive Sexuality cancels an educational event, you will receive a credit toward another workshop.

Grievances and Complaints

Grievances and/or complaints may be filed using this form. Please provide as much information as possible, as well as your contact information, in order to expedite the process.

Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is committed to conducting all activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists. CPS will adhere to all legal and ethical responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and the treatment of program participants. Monitoring and assessment of these standards will be the responsibility of the CPS Committee and CPS CE Program Administrator ( While CPS makes every attempt to assure fair treatment for all participants, occasionally complaints will arise about continuing education programs. This does not include complaints or comments received on course evaluations.

The person with a grievance will first try to informally resolve their grievance by contacting CPS with the issue concerning the training, its delivery, the evaluation method, technological issue, other student(s), and/or any other concern. When a participant files a complaint, either orally or in written format, and expects action on the complaint, the following actions and procedures will be taken:
1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual making the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Administrator will then pass the comments on to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the complainant.
2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, CE Program Administrator will mediate and attempt to resolve the complaint promptly. If the participant requests action, the CE Program Administrator is empowered to:
a. Attempt to move the participant to another workshop, or
b. Provide a credit for a subsequent year’s workshop, or
c. Provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.
d. Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.
3. If the complaint is made after the program has occurred or concerns the CPS CE programming more generally, the CE Program Administrator will address it as follows:
a. Request that the complainant submit a written complaint and propose an appropriate remedy.
b. Provide the instructor(s) with the opportunity to respond to the complaint and propose an appropriate remedy,
c. Review these documents, make a final determination, and decide on any remedy.
4. CPS’s Continuing Education Committee will then consult regarding this grievance in an effort to find fair methods of resolving the grievance.
5. CPS will abide by any decisions made by the APA regarding resolution of the grievance.
For further information, contact the CE Commitee Chair of Center for Positive Sexuality, Daniel Garrett, PsyD, at or at (818) 661-3615. You can also contact us at Center for Positive Sexuality, PO Box 1190, Burbank, CA 91507.