10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on the The Behavioral Science of Firearms: A Mental Health Perspective on Guns, Suicide, and Violence is presented by Gianni Pirelli, PhD, ABPP.

In this program, Dr. Pirelli addresses the present and emerging issues related to the intersection of guns and mental health within the context of his Know (K), Ask (A), Do (D) framework. He provides a comprehensive overview of firearms, including their history, relevant statistics, gun basics, gun-related subgroups, and firearm policies and laws. In addition, Dr. Pirelli addresses issues associated with guns and mental health, violence and domestic violence, and suicide. In addition, Dr. Pirelli outlines the emerging roles of mental health professionals in firearm-related matters, including those associated with evaluation, treatment, teaching, and research. Applied clinical concepts and case examples are presented.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe gun basics and gun safety principles

  • Describe aspects of cultural competence in the firearm arena (gun-related subcultures)

  • Describe firearm laws and policies

  • Describe psychological components of firearm-involved domestic violence, violence, and suicide

  • Describe when and how to ask about guns in treatment and evaluation contexts, including assessing violence, suicide, and firearm-specific risk

  • Describe how to conduct firearm-specific forensic evaluations for gun applicants and owners

  • Describe Firearm-related clinical intervention options

Presented By

Gianni Pirelli, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Gianni Pirelli is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey (#4975) and New York (#019418). He is also Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). He received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Forensic Psychology from The Graduate Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Pre-Training Questionnaire

    • Pre-Training Questionnaire

  • 3


    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 4

    Primer on Guns

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Psychological Evaluations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Guns and the Law

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Position Statement

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Firearms and Mental Health

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Restoration of Rights

    • Journal

    • Cultural Competence

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Therapeutic Contexts

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Ethical Considerations

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Lesson 8 Video

    • References and Further Readings

  • 11


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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