Chicago Conference to Focus on Gun Violence Prevention


May 17th event will explore addressing prevention through various systems, including mental health, advocacy and policy

Published on April 30, 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 Cultural Impact Conference presented by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Titled Gun Violence Prevention: Mental Health Implications of Mass Shootings, the conference takes place May 17th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chicago’s Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. The more than 15 scheduled presentations will cover topics ranging from assessing risk of violence to the benefits of having a national violence prevention hotline to invalidating toxic masculinity. Featured presenters include:

  • Keynote speaker Jaleel Abdul-Adil, Ph.D. is the co-director of Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC), a center providing coordinated care for multi-problem, high-risk youth affect by trauma and community violence. In his presentation, Over a (Gun) Barrel: Roles and Responses in Violence Prevention, he will provide a professional framework for perspectives and practices in violence prevention developed at UYTC.
  • Nancy Zarse, Psy.D., a forensic psychologist who consults with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will present Assessing Risk of Violence. An explanation of violence risk assessment and threat management, the presentation will include a discussion of risk factors and warning signs of violence, as well as escalation towards and protective factors against violence.
  • Kate Mahoney, L.C.S.W., is executive director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education. She will be presenting Reducing Stigma, Dispelling Myths about Mental Illness and Gun Violence with Leah Hoane, B.A. The presentation will highlight how myth and stigma lead to misinformation about mental illness’s role in gun violence.
  • Franshonn Salter, Gun Violence and Prevention in Marginalized Communities. A student at The Chicago School, Ms. Salter lost two nephews to gun violence in 2014. She will share her personal story of the impact of gun violence and the interdisciplinary approach she developed to combat gun violence.

Continued Education credits will be available for several of the presentations, many of which will be streamed live. Register now.


SOURCE The Chicago School of Professional Psychology