Mass Violence in America (3 CE)
This course is for: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors
Course By: Helen Hinton, LPCC
Content By: This course has been developed by Parks, Joe; Bechtold, Donald; Shelp, Frank; Lieberman, Jeffery; Coffey, Sara. (2019). Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions. National Council for Behavioral Health, 96 pgs.
Course Description: Mass violence in the United States is on the rise, despite the statistical rarity of such occurrences. Grieving communities struggle to find answers in the wake of such tragedies. The Medical Director Institute assembled The National Council Expert Panel on Mass Violence. The members of this panel examine and analyze the existing data on mass violence, explore the related etiology and scope of such occurrences and provide appropriate recommendations to a broad array of stakeholders. This course examines the members’ key findings. These findings include the scope of the problem, identification of high-risk individuals, venues of violence, and mental illness as a factor in mass violence situations. Additionally, recommendations for identified stakeholders, some of which include mental health practitioners, family advocacy groups, educators, and behavioral health policy makers were discussed.
- Statistical prevalence of mass violence
- Characteristics of perpetrators and the role of mental health in mass violence
- Methods and venues of mass violence
- Prevention opportunities
- The impact of mass violence on courts and law enforcement
- Recommendations for select organizations and agencies
- Define mass violence and describe the scope of the problem
- Recognize the characteristics of high-risk individuals
- Identify the role mental illness plays in mass violence situations
- Identify prevention and intervention strategies designed to promote safety and wellbeing in communities and schools
- Demonstrate knowledge of recommendations for key stakeholders