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Firearm Violence and Mental Illness WEBINAR

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Credits: 1 CE - Ethics  (after successful completion of webinar quiz)

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Heath J. Hodges, PhD, MLS  |  A.J. McConnell, PsyD

Level: Intermediate

Credits: 1 CE - Ethics (after successful completion of webinar quiz)

Cost: OPA Member: $25 | Nonmember:$40 | Student: $10


High-profile mass shootings, including school violence, have ignited a wave of increased public attention and legislative reforms aimed at understanding and mitigating firearm violence. Much of this national dialogue has concerned the role of mental illness. Despite such attention, relatively little empirical research directly addresses this issue and most proposed firearm regulations are unsuccessful. Efforts in the field of mental health to assess and manage firearm violence are still being developed and validated. This workshop seeks to address the limited scientific literature and current best practices for mitigating firearm violence among various populations. Case examples will be utilized.


Learning Objectives - Participants of this webinar will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence of firearm violence and empirical findings regarding the relationship between mental illness and firearm violence,
  • Describe common assessment and management practices for assessing risk for firearm violence in various populations, and 
  • Analyze real-world examples involving potential/actual firearm violence and intervention by mental health professionals.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Heath Hodges
earned his Master in Psychology from Drexel University in 2007, his Master of Legal Studies from the University Of Nebraska College Of Law in 2015, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017. He completed his internship at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners and his forensic fellowship training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is currently employed as a forensic psychologist at Forum Ohio, LLC. Dr. Hodges has multiple peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations in the areas of firearm violence, threat assessment, and violence risk assessment. 

Dr. A.J. McConnell earned his Master in Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University and obtained his doctorate from Union Institute and University. He has previously worked and received training through several agencies, including Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Twin Valley Behavioral Health, and Netcare Access. He is currently employed as a forensic psychologist at Forum Ohio, LLC.



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The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608 and RTX071703.