The Behavioral Science of Firearms: A Mental Health Perspective on Guns, Suicide, and Violence


The Behavioral Science of Firearms: A Mental Health Perspective on Guns, Suicide, and Violence

$250.00 $225.00

Dr. Gianni Pirelli

December 7, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

7 Hours | 7 CEs

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Program Description

This live training on The Behavioral Science of Firearms: A Mental Health Perspective on Guns, Suicide, and Violence is presented by Dr. Gianni Pirelli.

In this workshop, 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. Namely, he will provide 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 will outline 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 will be presented.

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.

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Intended Audience

The intended audience for this workshop includes mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and counselors. This workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should 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

About Dr. Gianni Pirelli

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). His experience and training has been focused in four main areas: clinical practice, professional service, research and publication, and teaching – each of which is described below. Dr. Pirelli has experience in numerous clinical and clinical-forensic settings, many of which have included psychiatric and forensic-psychiatric centers and prisons, and his area of expertise is psychological assessment, particularly in the area of forensic evaluation. He has worked on cases at the county, state and federal levels, and he has conducted evaluations for matters in 18 of the 21 New Jersey counties, in addition to various other states, such as New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and California. Dr. Pirelli’s expertise and work has been highlighted in various media and press outlets: click here for Media & Press links. You may also click here to view Dr. Pirelli’s Curriculum Vitae and click here to view his biosketch.

Continuing Education Credit

This is a Live In-Person Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will be required to complete the evaluation for this workshop. No partial credit is available. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for this workshop upon full attendance and completion of the workshop evaluation. Certificates will sent electronically as PDFs available for download and printing.
Board Approvals: APA, CPA, ASWB, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
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