1st Edition

Understanding and Treating Incels Case Studies, Guidance, and Treatment of Violence Risk in the Involuntary Celibate Community

By Brian Van Brunt, Chris Taylor Copyright 2021
    292 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Understanding and Treating Incels is an indispensable guide for mental health clinical staff, social workers, prevention specialists, educators, and threat assessment professionals who want to better understand the involuntary celibate movement, assess individuals’ potential for violence, and offer treatment approaches and prevention efforts. 

    Chapters explore the movement in terms of gender, technology, the media, and pornography usage. The book discusses how the incel mentality has motivated individuals to misogynistic worldviews and increased rage and disillusionment, and inspired acts of targeted violence such as school shootings and mass casualty events. Later chapters walk the reader through three cases studies and offer treatment considerations to assist mental health professionals and those developing education and prevention-based programming. The complete text gives the reader useful perspectives and insights into incel culture while offering mental health clinicians and educators guidance on treatment and prevention efforts.

    Preface  Part 1: Introduction  1. To Be a Real Boy  2. The Rise of the Incel  Part 2: Etiology of the Incel  3. Masculine Identity Development and the Incel  4. The Incel Funnel and the Influence of Religion, Technology, and Pornography  Part 3: Incel Questionnaire and Rubric  5. Incel Indoctrination Rubric (IIR)  6. Incel Cases by Rubric Category Part 4: Assessing the Risk  7. Identifying the Risk Factors  8. Identifying Stabilizing Influences  9. Conducting a Violence Risk Assessment  Part 5: Three Case Studies in Assessment and Treatment  10. Incel Treatment Approaches  11. Assessment and Treatment Approaches: Junior High  12. Assessment and Treatment Approaches: College  13. Assessment and Treatment Approaches: Workplace  Part 6: Community and Systems Approach  14. Addressing the Incel through the BIT/CARE Model  Appendices Index


    Brian Van Brunt serves as the president of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and a partner at The NCHERM Group. 

    Chris Taylor serves as the dean of students at Wright State University.

    "In Understanding and Treating Incels, Van Brunt and Taylor take on a timely, uncomfortable, under-researched, and dangerous form of misogyny. The text provides a methodical examination of the state of knowledge, case examples, and prospective interventions to address the dysfunction and trauma associated with incel ideologies, both by the men who have internalized limiting and cynical notions of manhood and the people at risk of being subjected to their harmful expressions. The text is comprehensive, accessible, and actionable for practitioners and scholars alike."Jason A. Laker, professor, Department of Counselor Education, San José State University, California