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Argosy University, Twin Cities Hosts Hostage Negotiation Course for Mental Health Practitioners and Law Enforcement Officers

(EAGAN, MN—April 8, 2013)  Argosy University, Twin Cities will host a presentation entitled, “Current Practice in Hostage Negotiation: An Overview for Practitioners” on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. with speaker, Steve Norton, PhD, LP.  This presentation will detail the approach and strategies used in hostage negotiation from a licensed practitioner’s perspective and is designed for law enforcement and mental health practitioners interested in current best practice in hostage negotiation.

Dr. Steve Norton will provide attendees with information about strategies and models used by Hostage Negotiation Teams (HNT), obtaining information on mental health syndromes including personality disorders, and developing skills relating to understanding personality disorders and mental illnesses of hostage takers. Participants will also be taught the principals of hostage negotiation and become familiar with negotiation strategies and processes.

This course has been submitted for approval for continuing education credit by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (MN POST).

Steve Norton, PhD, LP teaches hostage negotiation course in the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program at Argosy University, Twin Cities and is a graduate psychology faculty member at St. Mary’s University. In addition, Norton maintains a private practice, debriefing workers of high stress employment in current war zones including Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Norton recently served for a year with the U.S. Department of State, stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan where, as part of his job duties, he served as mental health consultant to the personnel/captive recovery program. Dr. Norton is a Past President, APA Division 18, Psychologists in the Public Sector.

There is no charge to attend this presentation, but space is limited so please RSVP to 651-846-3300 or

The Argosy University, Twin Cities campus is located at 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121.

About Argosy University

Argosy University (, with 28 campus locations in 13 states and its online program, is a private academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students in a supportive learning environment where academic knowledge is enriched by the acquisition of interpersonal skills vital to success.  Argosy University has seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law.  With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Counseling and Education.  The institution also offers bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice and, through The Art Institute of California, serves as an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts students and professionals.  Degree level and programs offered vary by location. Full and part-time law programs are offered through Western State College of Law. Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610, 2630. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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