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Activity Dates: 06/12/2014 - 04/29/2017

Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other healthcare professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Following the December, 2012, massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, competing conversations about mental illness and violence, safety and civil rights, prediction and prevention, policy and practice collided in the public square. What can scientific evidence contribute in such a moment? What is known about the link between psychopathology and violent behavior? Are clinicians able to “predict” violence in their patients? How effective is psychiatric treatment in reducing violence risk in people with serious mental illnesses? The presenter will bring current evidence to bear on these questions and discuss implications for clinicians and mental health stakeholders.

  1. Thinking Differently About Mental Illness and Violence (Video)
  2. Signs May Be Evident in Hindsight, but Predicting Violent Behavior Is Tough, New York Times Article An opinion piece that I wrote for CNN
  3. Looking into the minds of killers, CNN Opinion Piece
  4. Bloomberg Television News Interview (Video)
  5. Media Coverage of Mental Illness and Violence, Huffington Post
  6. Select Articles Authored by Dr. Swanson
    1. Explaining Rare Acts of Violence
    2. Alternative Pathways to Violence in Persons with Schizophrenia: The Role of Childhood Antisocial Behavior Problems
    3. Comparison of antipsychotic medication effects on reducing violence in people with schizophrenia

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (login first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (login first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (login first)

This course is provided online at cpnp.org and consists of the speaker audio and slides. A PDF file of the slides is also provided and access is available to participants indefinitely although ACPE credit is available only through the course expiration date.

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. ACPE statements of credit can be retrieved by participants online at cpnp.org immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the prevalence and correlates of violent behavior in persons with serious mental illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) compared to the general public.
  2. Understand the validity and reliability of clinical predictions of violence and the effectiveness of treatment and interventions to reduce violence risk in persons with serious mental illnesses.
  3. Discuss the impact of media reports of recent violence associated with people with mental health issues, how media attention and images influence the public perception of dangerousness of persons with mental illness, and the implications for mental health stakeholders and public policy.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 06/12/2014 - 04/29/2017
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-14-017-H04-P (Knowledge)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This course provides 1.0 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of knowledge-based continuing education credit. The ACPE universal program number assigned to this course is 0284-0000-14-017-H04-P (1.0 contact hours).