Course Description: 

Participants in this course will be presented with some challenging truths about the world and asked to make serious and personal changes in how they prepare for that world.

Course components include intensive, interactive lecture on:

Fatal Choices: Understanding VCAs and How They Identify Victims
In this fast-moving and interactive lecture participants will be led through contemporary theories and current, curated data on the process by which violent criminals select their targets for violent aggression. Particular attention will be paid to the internal mechanisms in play within the criminal psychology, the universe of signifiers around “good guy” behavior, demeanor, and attributes which may actually make selection for attack more likely, as well as considerations for responsible armed citizens to mitigate this risk. Previous iterations of this material have been presented to LE agencies and private citizen groups across the US as well as international LE educational events.

The 5 W’s of Risk: Constructing an Effective Pre-Need Defense Paradigm
Many instructors present material on surviving physical attack and some others address the aftermath of that defensive violence. However the preparation for being attacked, what Craig Douglas of ShivWorks has referred to as the pre-kinetic phase, is given limited, if any, attention by the vast majority of trainers and even fewer students. This presentation will review common mental and philosophical errors made by practitioners as they plan for what they hope will never happen: a determined attack by a violent criminal intent on killing you and those you love. Attendees will be exposed to a practical method for undertaking the pre-need decision-making necessary to a sound self-defense and survival mindset, providing increased awareness and a clear path to maximize their capacity for self-protection.

Practical instruction will include:
Open-Source Retention/Disarming A hands-on block of instruction in the art and science of maintaining positive control of your own defensive handgun and of taking one away from an assailant when necessary.
No prior experience or training in defensive tactics is required, no special physical gifts are necessary and the material is presented in a from-the-ground-up approach to allow conceptual understanding and physical grasp of an intuitive, robust skill-set in a relatively short time. Please bring an inert training version of your carry pistol, if possible (red gun, blue gun, SIRT, etc.) so that carry gear may be used if applicable.

William Aprill is a licensed mental health professional with over 15 years experience across the continuum of care. He presently maintains a private practice and consultancy specializing in post-traumatic interventions and other disciplines.
William is a former deputy sheriff (Orleans Parish, LA, Criminal Sheriff’s Office) and Special Deputy US Marshal (Eastern District of Louisiana). He is a decorated competitive shooter and has taught civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel in various fighting skills since 1990. He maintains an active schedule both as student and teacher, having been instructor-rated by several top-tier trainers and studying under many of the most influential members of the combative arts community.

Through his company Aprill Risk Consulting, William has presented his material on violent criminals and their decision-making, defensive incident aftermath, mindset development and defensive preparedness nationally, including at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), Rangemaster Tactical Conference, Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, and serves as Training Director for Paul-E-Palooza, the memorial conference and fundraiser for the family of the late Paul Gomez. Collaborative presentations have been conducted across the country with Craig Douglas/Shivworks, Lethal Force Institute, Rangemaster, Active Response Training, Sharp Defense, Tactical Response, Safety Solutions Academy, Modern Defensive Training Systems, Immediate Action Combatives, Defense Training International, Armed Dynamics, and others.

William has been a regular guest in firearms/training industry media, including popular appearances on Ballistic Radio, Down Range Radio with Michael Bane, Armed Dynamics podcast, the Armed Squirrels Project, “DrZ” YouTube channel by Dr. Dave Zehrung, Allstar Tactical’s “Crash & Burn”, and Personal Defense Talk. He has been referenced in publications including The Tactical Wire and The Journal of the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, and is the subject of two Personal Defense Network DVDs of his original training material on defensive decision-making and mindset development.

Tuition: $150 (GOAL Members) – $185 (non-members)


  • At GOAL HQ – November 14, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM.
  • W.MA (location TBA) November 15, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM

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To Register call Angela Fisher at 508-393-5333 ext 20.

Class Payment Policy
Payment needs to be made at the time of registration via credit card. Cash and payment by check will be accepted but must be received in the GOAL office no later than ONE WEEK from the date registration is made. Registration will not be considered complete until payment is received. Payments not received in the office within ONE WEEK from the registration date will result in loss of placement in class.

Cancellation and No Show Policy
If it is necessary for GOAL to cancel or reschedule a course, we will either refund your tuition in full or move you to the next available course.

Student Cancellation
If you need to cancel more than 8 days prior to the start date, we will either refund your tuition less a $25 fee plus mailed materials costs, or, move you to a course which better suits your schedule. If you need to cancel your registration between 7 days and 2 days prior to the course start date, we will either refund your tuition less a 50% penalty, or, move you to a later course. The fee for changing course dates is $35. Should you not show up for the course you registered for, or cancel with less than 2 days warning, you forfeit your tuition. Thank you – The GOAL Staff.

If you have any question on this policy please contact GOAL Director of Training Jon Green.

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