2020 Conference Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Kathyrn Seifert

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,” “Attachment Violence & Assessment, and Mass Murder.” She has appeared on Radio and TV, including CNN and Fox News, and appears in the series “Discovery ID.”  She lectures for the educational company, PESI. 

Her first book, How Children Become Violent, was published in October 2006.

Youth Violence, her second book, was released in 2011.   In addition to being a published author, Dr. Seifert has developed the CARE 2 Assessment which is a valid and reliable instrument designed to assess the risk for violence and to determine the appropriate level and type of services an “at risk” youth requires.  Dr. Seifert has also developed an adult version of violence risk assessment entitled the F-Risk.

Dr. Kathryn Seifert, Executive Director of Eastern Shore Psychological Services, has worked for over 30 years in the areas of mental health, trauma, 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 and holds a PhD for the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus in Community-Social Psychology.  Additionally, she is a former President of the Maryland Psychological Association. 

Dr. Michele Kerulis

Dr. Michele Kerulis is a professor of counseling with the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She developed a passion for counseling during her years of clinical practice service a variety of populations including children and adolescents in residential treatment, young adults experiencing life transitions, and athletes experiencing sport-related and mental-health related challenges.

As the Program Director of the Sport & Health Psychology program at Adler University, Dr. Kerulis worked successfully with three credentialing bodies (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, National Board of Certified Counselors, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology) to ensure that her students’ academic and internship experiences resulted in meeting standards for a variety of professional opportunities upon graduation.

Dr. Kerulis is certified through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, and a content expert in counseling ethics and sport and exercise. She is a Past President of Illinois Counseling Association, Past Midwest Region Governing Council Representative, 2019-2020 Midwest Region Associate for Multicultural Counseling and Development Representative, and current Chair-Elect of the Midwest Region.

Dr. Kerulis is an active public speaker, private practice clinical therapist, and blogger for [email protected], American Counseling Association,
Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Psychology Today. Her work with the [email protected] blog was recognized as one of the Top Counseling Blogs of 2017. She is enthusiastic about helping counselors understand ethics as they relate to media interactions.
Dr. Kerulis has received recognition for her work including Illinois Mental Health
Counseling Association Distinguished Service Award and Illinois Counselor
Educators & Supervisors Innovative Counselor Educator of the Year award.

Dr. Kerulis’ clinical areas of expertise include general mental health, sport & exercise, and lifestyle & wellness. Her years of experience as an athlete, fitness professional, and therapist have created the foundation for her belief that the skills necessary to achieve success in sport and performance are the same skills necessary to achieve excellence in life.