A Mental Health Professionals Guide to Preventing & Dealing with Mass Violence

What can you do to prevent a mass shooting? Acts of Mass Violence occur so frequently in our society that it has become a national problem. Whether it is a school, a place of worship, or a workplace, each new act of violence brings with it a call for society to do something, and many solutions proposed focus on more mental health treatment. But what does this mean? How can acts like these be prevented? What more can mental health professionals do to spot these perpetrators and get them help before it’s too late?

Many mental health professionals are eager to know what more they can do to prevent these acts of violence, but most are not adequately prepared to identify the warning signs for potentially violent clients and many lack the training to know how to properly intervene in these situations.

This one-day workshop will provide clinicians with the guidance and training they need to identify and intervene with potentially violent clients. In addition, the workshop will discuss how professionals can treat survivors of acts of violence.


Date: Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: Online, Interactive, Real-Time – Attendees will receive Category 1 CEU credits for attending this interactive webinar.

Cost: $149 early registration through April 24, 2020

   $165 after April 24, 2020

  $130 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Seifert – National Expert in Violence Prevention!

CEU Credits: 7 Category I CEUs – See below for Credit Information


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.



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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. Narrate the definition and frequency of Mass Violence in America.
  2. State where valid risk assessments can be found.
  3. Recite what constitutes valid risk assessments and evidence-based practice.
  4. Enumerate the procedures in SAMHSA’s 3 stages of providing services to those affected by mass violence.
  5. State where they can find evidence-based practices for youth at risk for violence.

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