Seminar Title

Hands-On Hostage Negotiator Certification Phase 2

Dates of Events

02/27/2023 through 03/03/2023

Last Updated: 10/26/2022
Instructor(s): James Arey, Mark Lowther
Location: ILEAS Training Center - 1701 E Main Street, Urbana, IL 61802
Hotel: Comfort Suites, Urbana - 2001 N. Lincoln, Urbana, IL 61801
Course Registration Fee: $525
Instructor Bio
Event Detail-2
James Arey
James “Doc” Arey, Ph.D., LPC. Jim graduated from Florida State University with a doctorate degree in counseling and psychology. Jim is a 31-year law enforcement veteran. Jim retired from the New Orleans Police Department in 2009. He spent 20 years as Commander of the NOPD SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team.  Jim currently works for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is now the commander of the JPSO SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team. Jim’s currant daily duties with JPSO is as Case Manager of the Violent Subjects Unit. His duties there include review and follow up on calls/incidents involving violent subjects and incidents involving mental illness. Jim is a US Army Veteran achieving the rank of Captain and served in the Republic of Vietnam 1967-1968 25 in the Infantry/44 Medical Brigade. Jim is an adjunct professor at the Loyola University in New Orleans where he teaches Forensic Pathology and Crisis Intervention.

Mark Lowther
Mark Lowther is a US Marine Corps veteran. Lt. Lowther has 30 years in public safety. Mark is dual POST certified in Utah as a correctional officer, and a Law Enforcement officer having served most of his career in enforcement.
His background is varied and diverse. He has served as a SWAT hostage negotiator for a major portion of his career. His background and experience come from serving on two Metro SWAT teams. Lt. Lowther has experience on all levels of negotiations from tech to negotiation team leader. He has personally been involved in numerous threatened suicide and SWAT negotiations including barricaded gunmen and hostage incidents. Lt. Lowther also served 10 years as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer, instructor, and training coordinator.
Lt. Lowther has spent a major portion of his career in assignments involving crisis negotiation, suicide intervention, verbal de-escalation, peer support, Autism awareness, and mental illness. He has instructed law enforcement locally, nationally, and internationally on those topics. In addition to his law enforcement training, he has received specialized training in crisis counseling and Psychological First Aid. He currently volunteers working a crisis hotline.
Lt. Lowther was named by the Utah Tactical Officers Association as the 2012 Crisis Negotiator of the year. Some of his experiences in SWAT negotiations are featured in the book “Crisis Cops 2”.
Lt. Lowther served as part of the Public Safety Law Enforcement Unit assigned to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He has also served on a federal task force as a sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal. Mark although retired from full time law enforcement, continues to serve part time in law enforcement with multiple agencies.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
LLRMI has developed a certification process to meet the needs of Law Enforcement Crisis/Hostage Negotiators/Teams. The course builds on the concepts, theories, and application of the LLRMI Basic Crisis/Hostage Negotiations Course. Topics will include negotiation with school shooters, sovereign citizens, and psychopaths. Challenging environments will also be discussed such as jail/prison settings. The training is intended to provide the most up-to-date and generally accepted practices in the field of crisis/hostage negotiation.


The certification course will provide comprehensive training in the following areas:
1. Student will be able to list the two most common psychiatric disorders in calls for service

2. Student will be able to discuss the emotional needs of psychiatric disorders.

3. Student will be able to describe the importance of the emotional needs of PTSD as it relates to negotiations.

4. Student will be able to list the basic elements (behaviors) in active listening.

5. Student will be able to discuss the possible value of having a Chaplain as a negotiation team member.

6. Student will be able to discuss the emotional needs of the “Five S’s” and possible negotiation techniques with each of them.

7. Students will learn the unique characteristics of negotiation in the correctional (jail/prison) setting.

8. Students will learn case law and court rulings that relate to and affect Crisis/Hostage negotiations.

9. Students will learn the factors and observations in evaluating and establishing a threat/risk assessment of the incident, charting, and updating the assessment.

10. Role play scenarios where students will work as a team using all concepts learned in the Basic and Certification Courses.

NOTE: To qualify to take the Certification Course, you must have completed a Basic Crisis/Hostage Negotiation course.

This is a Tested Training Class. Each student will be evaluated on their ability to fulfill duties as a member of a negotiation team during role play exercises. A 30-question test-based topics covered in the Basic and Certification courses will be given. A Passing Score of 80% or greater is required to successfully complete the course and advance to the essay portion for certification. Students will become certified after completing the Certification Course AND submitting a 500-word minimum essay on a selected topic from a list provided. Certification is valid for three years.
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