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Winter Program – Sunday, January 26, 2020**
Duty to Warn and Protect: Considerations for New Jersey Psychologists

Presenter:  Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., ABPP


In this workshop, Dr. Pirelli will address the recently amended “duty to protect and warn” law in New Jersey, 2A:62A-16, which now requires licensed practitioners, including psychologists, to notify patients’ residential police departments when said duty has been incurred. Dr. Pirelli will review the law in the context of risk assessment principles to apply to clinical practice, particularly firearm-related considerations associated with violence and suicide risk.


Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D. ABPP, is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology, licensed in NJ and NY, and leads the group practice: Pirelli Clinical and Forensic Psychology, LLC (www.gpirelli.com)

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help participants:

  • List the practical responsibilities associated with NJ’s existing duty to warn and protect law, 2A:62A-16, and its most recent amendment
  • Identify the emerging roles and responsibilities for NJ psychologists in the context of 2A:62A-16 and its most recent amendment, as well as gun-related matters, more generally.
  • Describe at least one contemporary, evidence-based framework for assessing and managing risk in practice.
  • Apply foundational concepts associated with the guns and mental health arena to your practice.
  • Distinguish between suicide and violence risk assessment approaches.
  • Identify two options available to choose from when you assess a client to be at imminent risk to self or others.
  • Describe at least one set of steps in which you could engage if a duty to protect and warn arises in your practice.

**snow date 2/9/2020


Pirelli, G., & Gold, L.H. (under contract, in progress). Guns and clinical practice:  A handbook for medical and mental health professionals. Oxford University Press.
Pirelli, G., & Gold, L.H. (2019). Leaving Lake Wobegon:  Firearm-related education and training for medical and mental health professionals is an essential competence. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.
Pirelli, G., Wechsler, H., & Cramer, R. (2018). The behevioral science of firearms:  A mental health perspective on guns, suicide, and violence.  Oxford University Press.

LOCATION: Cresskill Senior Center, 38 Spring St., Cresskill NJ 07626 10:30 — 11:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

11:00 — 1:00 PM Program

NCAP Members and Students – No Charge • Guests $30

2 CE credits available for psychologists (add’l. charge): Payment for CE is to be made online only, to NJPA after the program. NJPA members $15; sustaining members N/C. NJPA non-members $25. After the program, you can remit payment to NJPA online using a link to be distributed at the program, after which you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the CE evaluation form.

RSVP to: Joan Fiorello, Ph.D. joangf@hotmail.com or 201-784-0312 Refund available only if cancellation received by January 17.

This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and NCAP. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program qualifies for 2 C.E. credit hours for psychologists.

Intended audience: Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and graduate students.

Program sophistication: Intermediate: some prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.
The presenter has no commercial support or conflict of interest for this program.
NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.
NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.
Location is ADA accessible. For further accommodations contact Joan Fiorello, joangf@hotmail.com or 201-784-0312. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event.

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