The United States has the unfortunate distinction of ranking first in homicide among high-income nations. According to the CDC, homicide is the second leading cause of death (tied with suicide) between the ages of 1-24 and the third to fifth leading cause of death between the ages of 25-44. This online CE course for mental health professionals reviews screening measures helpful when evaluating patients with violent ideation. The course will address how to differentiate between benign violent fantasy and potentially dangerous obsessions and delusions. Advice for identifying patients at risk for intimate partner homicide and spree homicide are provided. Moreover, as guns are the weapon of choice for homicide, the course will illustrate how mental health providers can play an important role by discussing firearm safety with patients and by advocating for removal of guns from the home of at-risk patients.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Identify patients with increased risk for violent behavior such as homicide, including intimate partner violence and mass/spree murder
- Recognize the association between mental health and increased risk of violence and make 2 important distinctions, namely differentiating between “normal” violent fantasy and dangerous thoughts and behaviors, and between psychopathy and homicide typology
- Design a targeted and tailored assessment for violence potential and homicide risk guided by an empirically-based predictive model and the presentation of at least 5 violence-specific standardized measures and other resources
- Incorporate at least 2 ways to promote firearm safety with patients directly, including clinically advocating for removal of a firearm from a home when appropriate and as well recognize sources for relevant legislation/policy