Gun violence has become a focus of study for a number of groups across the United States as a result of recent events across the country. The American Psychological Association (APA) recently published a report on the prediction, prevention and policy related to gun violence. In addition, Division 18 of the APA (Psychologists in Public Service) is hosting a series of 3 webinars on gun violence in January.
Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy
The American Psychological Association (APA) recently published a seminal report, “Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy,” which identifies the need for both primary and secondary prevention programs to keep communities safe from gun violence. The report consolidates psychological research findings on precursors to shootings and highlights prevention strategies.
The report found that in making predictions about the risk for mass shootings, “there is no consistent psychological profile or set of warning signs that can be used reliably to identify such individuals in the general population.” For this reason, primary violence prevention is critical. In addition, at the individual level, a promising approach is the strategy of behavioral threat assessment which identifies and intervenes with a smaller group of individuals who have communicated threats or engaged in behavior that indicates planning or preparation to commit a violent act.
Gun Violence Webinars offered by Division 18 Psychologists in Public Service
- Jan. 15, 2014, 1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Robert Fein, PhD, ABPP, forensic and national security psychologist, will present “Preventing Targeted Violence: An Approach to Threat Assessment Ideas and Cases for Consideration.”
- Jan. 22, 2014, 3-4 p.m. (Eastern)
Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP, forensic psychologist consultant, will present “Mental Health and Gun Violence: Myths and Realities.”
- Jan. 29, 2014, 3-4 p.m. (Eastern)
Ellen Scrivner, PhD, ABPP, executive fellow, Police Foundation, will present “The Changing Face of Violence in America.”
Each session is a one-hour live webinar that offers one continuing education credit. Each is free to Div. 18 members and affiliates without CE credits. There are fees of $5 to $15 for CE and for those with no membership in Div. 18.
For more information and to register online, visit the Div. 18 website.