2-Day Trauma & Violence Mini Conference
16 CEUs

Childhood Trauma – Red Flag Law – Duty to Warn – Me Too Movement – Mindfulness 


Date: Thurs & Fri, July 23 & 24, 2020

Time: Sign-In: 8:00am – Workshop: 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Online, Real-Time, Interactive (Still earn Category I CEU Credits!)

Cost: $329 early registration through June 30 EXTENDED through July 18!

   $355 after June 30  July 18

  $305 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Credits: 16 CEUs TOTAL – includes 3.5 Ethics Credits! – See below for Credit Information

This exciting two day conference will start on Day 1 with indispensible information from a national expert about the link between trauma and violence. Day 2 will cover the Me Too Movement, Duty to Warn and the new Red Flag Law plus an experiential Lunch and Learn focusing on the use of mindfulness with trauma clients. Over the course of two days, attendees earn a total of 16 CEUs and will be finished the by the end of the business day, 5pm!


Trauma is a common occurrence in our society and has a lasting impact on those we interact with including the clients we serve. Trauma occurs across all ages, genders, races, religions and socioeconomic status. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Trauma can stem from many different places including but not limited to childhood abuse or neglect, sexual assault, witnessing or directly experiencing acts of violence, accidents and natural disasters. As a result, the need for Behavioral Health Professionals to understand trauma and its far-reaching impact is great.
This two-day trauma & violence conference will assist Behavioral Health Professionals in becoming more trauma informed and will prepare them to work with trauma survivors more effectively. This must attend conference will bring together a variety of key experts in the field to share their invaluable knowledge and experience to equip attendees with tools in the realm of assessment, prevention, intervention and treatment planning as it relates to trauma & violence.


Day 1 will be lead by Dr. Kathy Seifert, national expert in trauma and mass violence prevention.  Dr. Seifert will discuss childhood trauma and violence.

Day 1 Overview: The ACE’s study has verified that children that experience childhood trauma have poorer health, behavioral, and social outcomes than youth that do not have these experiences unless they and their families receive effective treatments that includes family therapy, skill building, trauma treatment, social supports, assistance in school, and neuro or biofeedback.


Day 2 brings together three different experts to provide a combination of learning that will keep participants engaged and learning throughout the entire daye.

The morning session will be lead by Chandra Dawson, Deputy Director of the DC Rape Crisis Center to present Working with Trauma in the Age of #MeToo.

Day 2 Morning Overview: The MeToo hashtag has become a national symbol of sexual assault awareness, accountability and community support for sexual assault survivors and advocates. It is a movement rooted in social justice and anti-oppression work that has directly impacted politics, policy development and implementation, system collaboration, service provision, mainstream media and the overall culture of many societal groups. With an intersectional analysis, this session will explore the direct impact of #MeToo on the trauma intervention needs of childhood and adult sexual assault survivors and those holding a dual mandate to facilitate healing while managing their own personal sexual assault trauma.

The experiential Lunch and Learn session will be lead by Sara Rothleder, LCSW-C.

Day 2 Lunch and Learn Overview: This presentation will begin with an introduction to Mindfulness by providing the definition of what Mindfulness actually is. We will also be reviewing other concepts of Mindfulness and using this type of work in session. It is so important to understand how the mind works and how it processes information. The three states of mind (Reasonable Mind, Emotion Mind, and Wise Mind) will be discussed. Additionally, the “How Skills” and “What Skills” will be taught. A useful acronym to provide an easy way to remember important aspects of Mindfulness also will be presented so therapists walk away knowing how to incorporate these strategies in their work. Important factors on how to lead Mindfulness will be addressed before leading into different Mindfulness exercises that can be used in the moment for various clients. Finally, instructions on how to process such exercises after they have been practiced will be given. Therapists should walk away with an understanding of practical Mindfulness techniques to use in session immediately.

The afternoon session will conclude the conference with Richard Bloch, JD, General Counsel for the Maryland Psychological Association presenting on Duty to Warn and the new Red Flag Law in Maryland.

Day 2 Afternoon Overview: There are Maryland, DC, and Federal Laws that provide for exceptions to confidentiality of clients’ information by requiring or permitting mental health providers to report situations to the proper authorities.  These include the Duty to Warn, suspected child abuse and neglect, vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect, and the new Red Flag Law.  This workshop will review the provisions of these laws, and the impact on confidentiality and clinical issues.  The workshop will look at the limitations of the scope of these laws and the analysis necessary to determine if an event falls within these exceptions.  We will also discuss the consequences of failing to report.



Dr. Kathryn Seifert, Founder and Executive Director of Eastern Shore Psychological Services serving 4,000 clients on the Eastern Shore of MD.  She has worked for over 30 years in the areas of mental health, criminal justice, and addictions and has provided treatment and assessment services to youth and adults in community and correctional settings.  She is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. Additionally, she is past President of the Maryland Psychological Association, a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialists, a fellow in the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists and a Certified Forensic Consultant.

Dr. Seifert has specialized in the assessment and treatment of individuals who are at risk for violence and who are emotionally disturbed, behaviorally disordered, victimized, delinquent, and/or attachment disordered.  She has lectured both nationally and internationally and provides training on the topics of “Predicting and Assessing the Risk for Violence,” “Attachment Disorders,” and “Violence Risk Reduction Planning.”  Her first book, How Children Become Violent, was published in October 2006. Her second Book, Youth Violence: Theory, Prevention, and Intervention was published in 2012 and is a college text book.  In addition to these paperback books and numerous ebooks, Dr. Seifert has developed the CARE 2, Child and Adolescent Risk/Needs Evaluation. It is a valid and reliable instruments designed to assess the risk for violence and to determine the appropriate level and type of services for at-risk clients.

Dr. Seifert is a nationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of behavioral health problems and has appeared on CNN, Discovery ID, and Fox News and consults with numerous public agencies.  She has a blog, Stop the Cycle, on Psychologytoday.com with nearly a half a million readers.  Her webpage is http://drkathrynseifert.com. She is on the Advisory Council of Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit with a mission of reducing violence nationally through education and increased mental health services.



Chandra Dawson is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 15 years of social work practice.   Throughout her professional career, she has served various marginalized populations.  A large portion of her career has been spent designing, managing and implementing programs designed to meet the multifaceted needs of the underserved.  She has years of organizational experience providing case management, supervision, group facilitation, training, consultation, and project management to organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, perpetrators, and vulnerable populations within the District of Columbia.  Mrs. Dawson currently serves as the Deputy Director for the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) – the nation’s first and oldest rape crisis center.  Within this leadership capacity, she supports the implementation of sexual assault (SA) prevention and intervention services.  In addition, she holds a leadership role in the design and facilitation of sexual assault training and technical assistance for SA stakeholders as well as sexual assault policy and advocacy efforts within the District of Columbia and throughout.




As a workshop presenter, community outreach coordinator, and new client liaison, Sara Rothleder, LCSW-C strives to help as many people as possible live fulfilling lives.  Sara uses her depth of experience and knowledge as well as her compassionate nature to build and enhance supportive and productive relationships with colleagues and clients at Gaithersburg Counseling Center.  Sara employs her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help workshop attendees achieve their goals.  Sara presents on topics for therapists who work with a vast array of emotional stressors including anxiety, stress, depression, abuse and trauma, relationship issues, and issues surrounding life transitions.

Sara obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  Then, Sara earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland, specializing in working with Children and Families.  As a Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience, Sara recently spent a significant amount of time working with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families.  In doing so, Sara developed an expertise in helping such clients and their families cope with the effects of mental illness and develop strategies for building better lives.


Richard Bloch is President and Senior Attorney at Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A.   Mr. Bloch has been in the private practice of law in Baltimore, Maryland since 1972. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University in 1968, and his J.D. from The University of Maryland, School of Law in 1972. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice focuses on health law, general business matters, trade association law, estate planning and administration and civil litigation. He also represents health practitioners before the Maryland Health Occupation Boards of Examiners, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Physicians. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979, He writes and lectures regularly on the legal and ethical issues relating to the practice of psychology and the mental health professions. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association.


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CEU Credit Info


Our CEU credits are accepted for: 

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • Don’t see your licensure listed here? Email us at info@marylandceu.com 

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  1. Participants can recite 3 negative effects of childhood trauma on the brains and behavior of youth.
  2. Participants can name 3 modalities that need to be included in trauma therapy.
  3. Participants can name 3 Grounding techniques
  4. Participants can explain the importance of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback in the treatment of trauma.
  5. Participants can escribe developmental skill building


  1. Participants will be able to define and understand the concept of Mindfulness.
  2. Participants will learn the three states of Mind.
  3. Participants will see how to help clients balance the different states of mind, using the “what” and “how” skills.
  4. Participants will learn an acronym to help them easily recall Mindfulness practices.
  5. Participants will be shown how to lead and process Mindfulness Exercises
  6. Participants will engage in practicing Mindfulness Exercises individually and as a group.
  7. Participants will process Mindfulness Exercises to determine efficacy.


  1. Develop an increased understanding of trauma and intersectionality
  2. Compare and contrast the historical and current goals of the #MeToo movement
  3. Identify the impact of #MeToo on trauma healing for unique sexual assault survivor groups
  4. Develop an increased recognition for the need to facilitate sexual assault trauma work from a social justice and anti-oppression framework
  5. Outline the impact of the MeToo movement on the current prevalence of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma


  1. Explain to duty to warn law ans th statutory elements for immunity.
  2. Explain the definitions and provisions in the abuse reporting laws. 
  3. Understand when a reportable incident of abuse or neglect has occurred and where to report.
  4. Explain the Red Flag Law and its applicability to mental health providers.
  5. Explain the requirements for reporting an incident.
  6. Explain the consequences of failing to report any of these incidents.

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