Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy


Course Description: Gun violence is an urgent, complex, and multifaceted problem. It requires evidence-based, multifaceted solutions. Psychology can make important contributions to policies that prevent gun violence. The American Psychological Association commissioned this report by a panel of experts to convey research-based conclusions and recommendations (and to identify gaps in such knowledge) on how to reduce the incidence of gun violence — whether by homicide, suicide, or mass shootings — nationwide.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the antecedents to gun violence related to developmental issues
  • Analyze the antecedents to gun violence related to gender and culture
  • Assess gun violence prediction and prevention at the individual level
  • Assess gun violence prevention at the community level
  • Critique policies to reduce gun violence

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 3 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Dewey Cornell, PhD, Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, Nancy G. Guerra, EdD, Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD, Eric Mankowski, PhD, Marisa R. Randazzo, PhD, Ellen Scrivner, PhD, ABPP, Susan B. Sorenson, PhD, W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, ABPP, and Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH

Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Cornell is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

Dr. Evans Jr. is Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Guerra is Professor of Psychology, Associate Provost for International Programs, and Director, Institute for Global Studies, University of Delaware.

Dr. Kinscherff is Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and Senior Associate, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Mankowski is Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Portland State University.

Dr. Randazzo is Managing Partner, SIGMA Threat Management Associates, Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Scrivner is Executive Fellow, Police Foundation, Washington, DC.

Dr. Sorenson is Professor of Social Policy / Health & Societies, Senior Fellow in Public Health, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tynan is Professor of Pediatrics, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Webster is Professor and Director, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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