Oct 13 – Dangerous Client – Violence Assessment

Dealing with a Dangerous Client:

Recognizing & Responding to Violence

Free Information Sheet on Violence Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Planning

Workshop Information

Date: Friday, Oct 13, 2017 – Sign-In: 9:15am – Workshop: 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: Odenton Regional Library: GPS Address 425 Winmeyer Ave, Odenton 21113

Cost:     $139 early registration through Oct 6

$159 late registration after Oct 6

**$125 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more**

Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Seifert

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs**

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Presenter Bio


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.


Workshop Description

Violence is a significant problem in the United States and around the world.  However, some types of violence are preventable if the factors that drive it and effective interventions are understood and applied.  Mental Health Professionals are often one of the first people to be confronted with a potentially dangerous client, especially when there are underlying mental health issues. Despite this fact, many mental health professionals receive little to no training in how to conduct thorough risk assessments or how to intervene properly to enhance safety. This workshop will fill that gap by providing these professionals with this knowledge.

Research has determined the risk factors for different types of violence, such as domestic, youth, criminal, and workplace or school violence, as well as mass murder.  There are sometimes different approaches for types of violent individuals and groups, such as bullies, power driven offenders, terrorists, gang affiliated violent offenders, and psychotic or delusional individuals that may become violent.  Understanding these factors and applying evidence based practice to assessment and management of violence is the key to preventing its re-occurrence.  This presentation will review risk factors and assessment tools for measuring risk of violence and evidence based interventions to prevent violence or reduce recidivism.

Attendees will learn the difference between a minor, temporary problem and a deep seated one that is at risk for an explosion of violence and how to approach those with low risk for violence vs. those with high risk.  Attendees will learn how to create violence risk reduction plans based on the risk assessment.  Violence risk reduction involves measuring level of risk and risk factors by strengthening the four SAMHSA wellness domains –  health, home, Community and meaning and reducing risk factors.  Coordination of care among different agencies is also important. Clinicians will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of how to assess and respond to potentially violent clients and employ interventions to reduce risk to the client, the clinician, and the community.

Workshop Objectives

1. Learners will be able to list the biopsychosocial risk factors for violence.

2. Learners will be able to name at least 1 adult and 1 youth assessment tool to determine the risk for violence

3. Learners will be able to create a risk reduction plan from the risk assessment

4. Learners will be able to describe the biopsychosocial evidence based interventions for those at risk for violence.

5. Learners will be able to identify effective defusing and de-escalation skills in managing potentially violent behavior.

6. Learners will be able to describe the Tarasoff Duty in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC and understand their role in mandatory reporting as it pertains to violence.

Workshop Agenda

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** 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.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **