At the Intersection of Guns and Mental Health: The Intermediate Course (Including 3 Suicide Prevention CEUs): LIVE WEBINAR

Wed Jul 21, 2021


This training is a suicide and cultural competence course and will satisfy 3 CEU of Suicide Prevention and Cultural Competency.  The intermediate course will cover principles of suicide postvention, law enforcement, military, first responders, and other professions whose cultures of stigma often inhibit care access. 

At the end of this course, attendees will:

  • improve their understanding of the stigma related to mental health care among the medicine, EMS, law enforcement and veteran communities
  • learn how to validate the experiences of various professionals who traditionally do not seek counseling;
  • increase their empathy and understanding related to the medicine, EMS, law enforcement and veteran communities;
  • improve their understanding of the daily work involved with medicine, EMS, law enforcement and veteran communities; 
  • improve advocacy and outreach efforts in order to remove care barriers, both perceived and real, within the various professions presented
The advanced course covers basic firearms training and use, including live fire, along with a comprehensive understanding of the broad-based literature on firearms, plus mental health policy and advocacy. Details about the advanced course will be sent at a later date


Michael Sodini, President, Walk the Talk America
In 2018, Michael formed the Walk the Talk America initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to making positive change in relationship to mental health, and firearm awareness. Through organizing a profound team of experts from different fields, and all walks of life, unbiased by politics, media, or personal prejudice – WTTA seeks to input opportunities to enhance communication, compassion, calls to action, and education.

Jake Wiskerchen, MFT, NCC, Zephyr Wellness
Jake is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a National Certified Counselor, and Chief Clinical Officer of Zephyr Wellness, which he co-owns. He is also a lifelong firearms owner and Second Amendment supporter, which makes Jake uniquely positioned to help bridge the gap and eliminate the suspicion between gun culture and mental health culture.

Amy Barnhorst, MD
Dr. Barnhorst is an emergency and inpatient psychiatrist who sees patients in the county jail, crisis unit, and inpatient psychiatric hospital, and in the Emergency Department. She is the Vice Chair of Hospital and Community Services at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She’s a nationally recognized expert on firearms laws and mental illness, and her academic work focuses in on the interface between violence, suicide, firearms, and mental illness. She has presented nationally on these topics, has appeared in various documentaries and on CNN, and writes about them for Psychology Today and the New York Times. Currently, she is leading the BulletPoints Project, funded by the State of California to develop and disseminate a firearm injury prevention curriculum to healthcare providers. 

Eddie Davenport, MSW, LCSW-A & LCAS-A
Eddie is a Family Intervention Specialist out of North Carolina who grew up in the firearm competition world and holds multiple national shooting titles. As such he believes that he is uniquely positioned to help bridge the gap between mental health and the firearms communities. Eddie also has a background as a first responder and is open about his past struggles with PTSD.

Chris Jachimiec
Chris Jachimiec is a recently retired member of the United States Air Force. He served in multiple military leadership roles in Nevada, Germany, and Korea, and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. In July 2017, he lost his brother, Lance Corporal Adam Jachimiec, United States Marine Corps, to suicide after a courageous battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Throughout his grief journey, Chris noticed gaps in suicide postvention in the Armed Forces. He serves as a Care Group Facilitator and Peer Mentor for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and is a distinguished member of the Las Vegas Mayor's Challenge Team.

Brandon Cassinelli
Brandon Cassinelli is a 5th generation Nevadan and a Reno native. Hailing from a law enforcement family, he followed his father and two uncles into work at the Reno Police Department beginning in 2007. Throughout his 14-year career he has occupied numerous roles within the Department, including Tactical Flight Officer in the region’s helicopter response unit, detective with the family and sex crimes divisions, and downtown enforcement officer focusing on bicycle patrol for focus directed issues.

Continuing Education Information:

This training includes 3 hours of Suicide Prevention training. It is approved for CEUs by the following professional organizations:


  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*
*CASAT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
  • Police Officers Standard Training (POST)


Presentation materials are not for reproduction or distribution without specific written authorization. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT.



Date July 21, 2021 | 8:30 am MDT
End Date July 21, 2021 | 11:30 am MDT
Registration Start Date 06-08-2021 MDT
Capacity 125
Spots Available 19
Cut Off Date July 22, 2021 | 8:30 am MDT
Individual Price $45
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