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Mass Shootings: Applied Counseling Skills

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Mass Shootings: Applied Counseling Skills is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that presents evidence-based strategies healthcare professionals can use to support communities following a mass shooting event.

This course will examine the initial effects of trauma following a mass shooting (including shock, disbelief, confusion, and uncertainty) and explore evidence-based strategies to help victims, families, and the community restore a sense of safety, stability, and calm.

It will address the longer lasting effects on victims, including feelings of anger, grief, sadness, and survivor’s guilt, and discuss strategies to develop coping skills and facilitate healing. We will then explore the ways in which such traumatic events cause one to ask critical questions and search for meaning. Skills for emphasizing self-efficacy, utilizing the positive effects of gratitude, and encouraging post traumatic growth will also be detailed.

Lastly, we will look at available resources on preparedness programs, crisis response training, and apps to help professionals and victims.

Course #31-37 | 2022 | 54 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Outline five steps to help victims in the initial response to a mass shooting
2. Describe how the consolidation of traumatic memories can be interrupted
3. Discuss three methods for reducing media exposure after a mass shooting
4. List five steps to help victims in the intermediate response to a mass shooting
5. Summarize the ways in which community solidarity can be helpful in the aftermath of a mass shooting
6. Describe five steps that can support victims’ post-traumatic growth after a mass shooting

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145), the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135), licensed marriage and family therapists (#MFT-0100 - Note: New York MFTs will receive 3 continuing education credit(s) for completing this self-study course), and licensed social workers (#SW-0664); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio MFTs completing this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education credit(s)); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678); and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in post-traumatic growth, optimal performance, and wellness. She is licensed to practice in California and Colorado. Claire earned her BS in Kinesiology and worked as a personal trainer for years before becoming a course developer for International Sports Science Association. Claire is always thinking about ways to improve physical fitness and nutrition as a modality for improving mental health. She also writes in her popular blog, Leveraging Adversity on Psychcentral.

Financial: Claire Nana receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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