R2PRIS – Radicalization Prevention in Prison: Certification program for technical staff (Group and Tutored)

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Empowering practitioners with relevant skills to prevent and reduce the risk of radicalization and extremism inside prisons.

Estimated duration: 6h per week, for 6 weeks.

This course requires a pre-registration.
It refers to the management of expert tutoring and group activities.


(Group and Tutored)

The R2PRIS course aims to enhance practitioners’ skills to prevent and reduce the risk of radicalization and violent extremism inside prisons.

This innovative training program certifies professionals at different levels of the prison administration in the use of tools to identify, interpret, evaluate and report signals of radicalization, including the approaches to respond appropriately to potentially vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalization.

This course prepares technical staff on how to assess and identify inmates’ level of vulnerability and the radicalization stage using the Individual Radicalization Screening (IRS) tool. The IRS Individual Radicalization Screening follows a structured professional judgement approach based on putative risk dimensions and pathways to radicalization and violent extremism identified in the scientific literature. This assessment tool considers different behavioural, emotional and cognitive dimensions related to
radicalization to provide a detailed picture of the risks associated with the specificities of each inmate

Certified professionals will be able to work with the R2PRIS Radicalization Prevention Toolset, which includes the following instruments:

• HV Helicopter View;
• FBOG Frontline Behavioural Observation Guidelines;
• IRS Individual Radicalisation Screening.

Who should attend?
• Technical staff working in prisons;
• Prison staff holding an advanced degree in the social, medical, or behavioural sciences and experience with forensic populations.

Training modality
• Blended learning: e-Learning and live online sessions with a trainer

• Working in a prison service;
• A minimum of 10 participants is required to start this course. We will make sure the groups are formed accordingly once the 10 enrolled trainees are reached.

• Professional Certification

Course duration
Total: 33h30
• e-Learning: 10h30
• Self-study: 8h
• Live online sessions with a trainer: 15h

Who you’ll learn from

Pedro das Neves
Chief Executive Officer @IPS
Pedro das Neves is CEO of IPS Innovative Prison Systems and ICJS Innovative Criminal Justice Systems Inc., Board Director of ICPA and the BSAFE Law Enforcement – Justice and Public Safety Lab, founder and editor of JUSTICE TRENDS magazine. Pedro holds a Sociology degree and an M.A. and is one of the authors of the RRAP Radicalization Risk Assessment in Prisons toolset.


Pedro Liberado
Chief Research Officer @IPS
Pedro Liberado is Chief Research Officer at IPS Innovative Prison Systems and coordinator of the Radicalisation, Extremism and Organized Crime portfolio. Pedro holds a Sociology degree and MSc in Criminology. He is doing postgraduate studies in Strategic and Security Studies and is a PhD candidate at the University of Granada.


Vítor Costa
Researcher @UBI
Vítor Costa holds a PhD in Psychology and is a professor at the University of Beira Interior and researcher at the BSAFE Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Lab. Vítor is one of the authors of the RRAP Radicalisation Risk Assessment in Prisons toolset.



The content of this course has been developed and piloted in Belgium, Norway, Portugal, Romania, The Nederlands and Turkey, under the R2PRIS project, co-funded by the European Commission under the ERASMUS + programme – KA2 – Strategic partnerships for adult education. The course content is free to access (except any modules with restricted access due to certification requirements). The price associated with this course refers to expert tutoring and learning management system fees.