Robert R Scholz - 2024 Annual Conference Speaker

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  • CAMFT's 2024 Annual Conference
    May 3 - 4, 2024 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott


Robert R. Scholz
Robert R. Scholz, LMFT
Victor Flores, LMFT
Victor Flores, PhD

Robert is a licensed therapist and has served in many clinical and leadership roles over his twenty-five years working in university, community mental health, forensic and private practice settings. Robert is well-known for his work as a trainer and consultant in assisting schools/ universities and communities prepare for and respond to major crisis events like wildfires, mass shootings, school suicides and other tragedies. He is well-known for his work in the threat management field and regularly consults and trains professionals within schools, treatment programs and workplaces on best practices for managing high risk individuals. Robert has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology for many years and has authored publications on the topics of disaster mental health, addiction treatment, suicide assessment and men's mental health.

Victor has a doctorate in behavioral health (DBH) with an emphasis on integrated care. His professional experience spans more than 30 years in the social service realm. He has held positions within many systems including the courts, behavioral health, non-profits, faith-based organizations, etc. Victor knows how important it is to acquire skills to serve peoples' needs while improving outcomes. One of the areas in which he specializes is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) as he has devoted a major portion of his career to ensuring people are served equally, effectively, and respectfully. Marginalized populations have been a priority for Victor as he understands how important it is to have a voice and be included as a patient, consumer, and a citizen of the community. Other areas in which Victor has focused include Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care. His journey began in Mexico and led him to the United States where he eventually naturalized in 1984.


Pathways to Violence: A Blueprint for Developing an Evidence-Based Practice for the Assessment of Violence in Clinical Settings
Friday | May 3, 2024
8:00 am - 10:00 am
(2 CEs)

Workshop Description:

As incidents of community violence, including mass tragedies, have become all too familiar in the headlines, mental health professionals play an increasingly critical role in helping communities prevent and respond to incidents of violence. However, while there has been an increased awareness of the need to train professionals in best practices for suicide prevention and intervention, training in the field of violence risk assessment is much less common. Drawing from research-informed models and practices in the fields of violence risk assessment and threat management, this presentation will help participants develop an understanding of violent behavior and offer examples of best-practice prevention, assessment and intervention strategies. The presenter, an expert in field of threat assessment, will provide examples from his own work experiences, engage attendees through interactive learning activities, and offer guidance to participants on where to obtain additional training in this emerging area of practice.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding around the dynamics of violent behavior and name at least one evidence-based model about the pathways to violence.
  • List at least two practical tools and techniques for conducting accurate and reliable violence risk assessments.
  • Be able to identify and detect at least two factors that influence individuals to engage in violent acts, including understanding the differences between reactive and instrumental forms or violence.
  • Apply at least two treatment goals from violence risk assessment tool results that would reduce risk factors and increase protective factors.
  • Be able to identify at least two reasons for the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration among professionals in law enforcement, mental health, education, and social services, as well as how and when to share information with others that is consistent with legal and ethical guidelines within the mental health field.


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