To better understand the nuances of your current profession, a deviation from the day-to-day office tasks is sometimes required. This can take the form of training courses that are proven to enhance a participant’s well-rounded knowledge of their field. When there is a real-world application for that knowledge, those who completed such courses will know that they have valuable insight to offer that just might save a life in the near future.
While the recent shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead is a tragedy, a motive is something we must find. This is the case with any criminal act that carries a human toll and everyone from mental health professionals like Dr. Natalie Barone to President Donald Trump are free to offer their insight into such incidents. When it comes to the latter party, the president has surmised that violent video games may have played a role in the spurring shooter Nikolas Cruz to carry out violent actions. According to a recent CBS News article, the president is quoted as saying, “”I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”
For those in the position to better understand why people carry out such crimes, psychologist Natalie Barone says looking to past incidents for insight is something that medical and mental health professionals and law enforcement officials will do. This was certainly the case when Dr. Natalie Barone participated in a two-week intensive “Violent Crime Behavior” training program conducted by former FBI special agents. This invitation-only program held at the FBI National Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia addressed, in part, criminal investigation analysis, mass killers and threat classification. Given that Dr. Natalie Barone completed a successful career as director of psychology for New Jersey’s civil commitment program, she regularly dealt with incarcerated individuals. In this role she held from 2007 to 2009, psychologist Natalie Barone would oversee clinical services to 420 civilly-committed sexual offenders. That same FBI course she took in 2008 covered rape and violent sexual crime so once again, her proactive efforts outside of the office helped improve understanding when back on the job.
As of late February 2018, activists are pushing for stricter gun control laws in the U.S. Meanwhile, others in the mental health, education and law enforcement sectors are looking within to see what insight they can offer to hopefully prevent such a tragedy for occurring again. It’s this combined effort that moves us forward and brings about greater understanding of human behavior and seemingly inexplicable events.