3036-17: Violence and the Brain

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3036-17:  Violence and the Brain

Presenter will review areas of the brain that are most impacted by chronic exposure to gun violence, discuss functional and explicit beliefs, and the use of evidence-based cognitive dissonance as an intervention to reduce gun violence in high risk populations.


Presenter: Evelyn J. Perkins, RN, MS, PMH-BC, NE-BC

Disclosures:  The presenter and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:
 41 minutes

Target Audience:  RN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact adverse childhood experiences have on the amygdala and prefrontal cortex.
  2. Review functional beliefs vs. thought disorders as they relate to violence.
  3. Discuss how nurses can support patients in creating cognitive dissonance.

Keywords: Violence, Amygdala, Cognitive Dissonance, Brain Processing, Child and Adolescent, Forensic


Continuing Nursing Education:
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, October 20, 2017
3:45pm - 4:30pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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