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John D. Byrnes, D.Hum.
Founder and CEO

John Byrnes created the Center for Aggression Management® in 1993 to provide organizations with much-needed Aggression Management® skills.

Since that time, he has served as the CEO and lead Instructor as the Center for Aggression Management has provided training to individuals from approximately 500 organizations throughout the US.

John D. Byrnes, D.Hum-hc is a successful businessman, author and lecturer who became interested in the subject of aggression management after concluding that there were no comprehensive training programs dedicated to preventing aggression in the workplace. His research revealed that other methods being used to deal with conflict and violence were not working.

In 1993, Mr. Byrnes formed the Center for Aggression Management to train organizations and individuals to use aggression management techniques to recognize aggressive behavior and to prevent violence by managing aggressive behavior. This training has demonstrated to individuals and employers that they can prevent aggression rather than merely react to it and, thereby, reduce the risk of aggression related violence, reduce risk management costs, and improve productivity.

In 2013, after two years of application, the Critcial Aggression Prevention System (CAPS) was scientifically validated by Eastern Kentucky University's Student Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT) members.

Mr. Byrnes was selected by the US Department of Labor to represent the United States at the Violence as a Workplace Risk Conference held in Montreal, Canada. This conference is a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico through the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), the NAFTA labor side agreement. Byrnes expressed his views at the conference: "These are vigilant times. Aggression is on the hearts and minds of most all in North American. Whether in Afghanistan or in workplaces or our schools, aggression is something that we must get our arms around and vanquish. All North Americans, young and old alike, should have the right to feel safe when they go to work or to school."

Mr. Byrnes was the Keynote Speaker at the first Protective Security Conference (ProSecCon) Sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.  Represented were the penical of Executive Protective Security Professionals, such as teams representing "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation," "Coca-Cola Company," "Cisco Systems, Inc." "Microsoft," "Dell," Amazon," Kellogg Company," "Wal-Mart," Kissinger & Associates," "Overseas Advisory Council (OSAC)," and many more.

Mr. Byrnes has conducted training for the lengendary Bob Duggan and his Executive Security International (ESI).

Mr. Byrnes conducted Insider Threat Prevention Training for the US Army Special Operations Command, Terrorism Division in 2016.

Mr. Byrnes authored the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, now being use by Behavior Intervention Teams in over 177 college and university campuses to assess the risk of violence. Byrnes developed the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS), which now allows employers to achieve the highest form of Evidence-based Best Practices.

Mr. Byrnes has been interviewed on workplace violence by most major news outlets and has presented at over 100 conferences dealing with workplace, campus, church or school violence. He received an honorary doctorate of humanities in 2000 for his discovery and development of Aggression Management

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Trainer of US Army Special Ops Terrorism Division Calls for Action from Parkland School Board

Orlando, FL – John D. Byrnes, Founder and CEO of Center for Aggression Management proposes the most effective way to prevent incidents such as the Parkland shooting is not gun control or mental health profiling, but rather school boards like Parkland’s making an immediate commitment to creating a common language and process for threat detection and prevention.

In an article describing why mental health assessments can’t reliably predict potential shooters, Byrnes references the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy. It was noted that most people who are violent do not have a mental illness, but those that are mentally ill are more typically victims of this behavior. Byrnes believes that the dialogue surrounding the Parkland shooting will be most effective when it shifts from mental health assessments or gun control as the solution, to more scientifically-validated and empirical solutions such as threat/aggression management and the creation of a common language and process for detecting and preventing this behavior.

In a study conducted as a collaboration between the US Secret Service, Dept of Education and the National Institute of Justice called the “Safe School Initiative Study”, it was found that the only “reliable” way to identify a future shooter was to identify someone “on the path to violence.” By implementing a process like the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS), a common language and thorough process for assessing a potential threat and reaching someone trained to handle this threat are created. CAPS’s most important contribution is that it determines a person Stage (Level) of Aggression and thus the presumption of threat (Low, Moderate, High Threat Levels), which creates the sense of urgency that was missing from the 45 times that Nikolas Cruz was reported.

While many schools, college campuses, and workplaces have their own Behavior Intervention services in place, many of these programs operate based off of vague reports of “weird” or “menacing” behavior. This completely subjective language fails to effectively target the source of the problem. Byrnes believes that people need to be trained to effectively evaluate communication, body language and behavior in order to encourage a potential aggressor to seek help, or de-escalate the issue themselves.

To publish Byrnes’ article or schedule an interview with Byrnes please call Sarah Bishop with Crank Communications at 407-830-7312 (office) or 631-875-3712 (cell) or e-mail To learn more visit

About John D. Byrnes

John D. Byrnes is an author, lecturer, veteran (USS Nautilus 571) and founder of the Center for Aggression Management. Byrnes regularly speaks on Behavior Intervention at engagements such as being selected by the US Department of Labor to represent the United States at the Violence as a Workplace Risk Conference in Montreal, Canada, as well as Keynote Speaker at the first Protective Security Conference (ProSecCon). Byrnes authored the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, which is now being used by Behavior Intervention Teams in over 177 college and university campuses as well as developed the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS). Byrnes has been interviewed as an expert by major news outlets such as FOX35, WESH, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more.

About Center for Aggression Management

The Center for Aggression Management was founded by John D. Byrnes in 1993 to provide organizations with Aggression Management skills through training. The Center for Aggression Management developed the Primal and Cognitive Aggression Continua. All of the body language, behavior and communication indicators offer a reliable and definable method of assessing “aggressive behavior”. This identifies and ranks the precursors to bullying, harassment, abuse and violence in order to provide the opportunity to prevent such incidents. The center uses a mobile-based software product called the Meter of Emerging Aggression (MEA). Because the MEA uses no mental health, culture, gender, education, age, or sexual orientation in its aggression assessment, it does not conflict with HIPAA or Privacy regulations.

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