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Senior chosen to attend prestigious violent crime behavior seminar

Carissa Stinson, a criminal justice and psychology double major from Perry, Ohio, has been chosen to take part in the prestigious Violent Crime Behavior training seminar in Manassas, Va., from June 8-19.
The seminar is presented by the Academy Group Inc., a forensic behavioral science company that helps local and federal agencies with consulting, training, research and investigation. Former FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood, whose work in behavior profiling helped to establish the FBI Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) at Quantico, Va., will conduct the seminar.

"Words can't even describe how much of an honor this is," Stinson said. Only 15-20 applicants are accepted into exclusive the training seminar each year, and Stinson said she is "extremely lucky, because only one student is chosen."

Stinson found out about the seminar and was recommended for it by Ron DeLong of the Mid-West Ohio Forensic Services. Stinson took a course in sex offender assessment taught by DeLong in spring 2008, and later landed an internship with him for this past fall. DeLong attended the Violent Crime Behavior seminar in the past, and recommended Stinson to Hazelwood.

"I've read Mr. Hazelwood's books, including ‘The Evil That Men Do,' and have wanted to meet him for so long now," Stinson said. Since her focus here at ONU has been on behavioral science in her criminal justice major, and criminal investigation and behavioral analysis in her psychology major, Stinson has no doubt that this seminar will be beneficial for her.

"This will help me tremendously in my future career," she said. "I will gain so much knowledge from his training, and I will make a lot of contacts that may end up helping me find a job in this particular field."

The full seminar consists of three phases throughout the summer, and Stinson was accepted into the first part in June. The training she will attend will cover topics ranging from the concepts of criminal profiling and behavioral analysis, to workplace violence and violent female offenders. Stinson hopes to be able to attend the second phase of the seminar in July, as well.