Meet the Co-Founder
Robert O'Block, PhD, PsyD
Co-Founder and Publisher
American Association of Integrative Medicine
Dr. Robert O'Block knew early on that education would be the key out of his early life of poverty. He paid his way through college by working as a police officer in Frontenac, Kansas Police Department. O'Block finished his bachelor's degree in three and a half years after lots of hard work and long hours. While in college, he became interested in criminology, which would become a driving force in his life.
By 24 years of age, Dr. O'Block earned a bachelor's degree and three graduate degrees in different fields, including a PhD. All of this was achieved while working full time in law enforcement. He continued to serve his community as a reserve deputy sheriff, without pay, even after he became an assistant professor in the Department of Administration of Justice at Wichita State University.
Later Dr. O'Block became a Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Administration of Justice at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He wanted to continue his education by focusing on forensic handwriting analysis. He learned that this type of training was limited to a select few. Dr. O'Block, having always been a crusader for justice and seeing that there was a need for a scientific organization that provided training in forged documents which was open to all levels of practitioners and professionals, he created one himself in a spare bedroom of his home. He named the organization, the American Board of Forensic Handwriting Analysts (ABFHA). Before the year was over, ABFHA had 200 members
The focus of the association was expanded as the membership grew, to include other areas of forensic studies and it was renamed the American Board of Forensic Examiners (ABFE). At this point in his career, Dr. O'Block retired from teaching to devote all of his time and energy to being the executive director of ABFE, which today is known as the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). The association that had its modest beginnings in Dr. O'Block's spare bedroom has become the largest and fastest growing forensic associations in the world.
With the success of ACFEI, Dr. O'Block saw the need for associations in other scientific and law enforcement fields. Due to his vision, the American Psychotherapy Association was founded in 1997 to provide credentialing, standards of practice, professional identity and self-regulation for the psychotherapy profession.
In 2000 he co-founded the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) for those individuals that feel healthcare should be about more than just traditional Western medicine. AAIM is focused on the integration of Western and Eastern medical practices.
Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Robert O'Block has been a pioneer in laying the foundations for providing access to open, comprehensive, and educational associations to professionals in forensics, integrative medicine, criminology, investigation, psychology, and spiritual psychotherapy. He continues to seek out opportunities to expand his education and to also remain active in the law enforcement community. He attended the FBI's Citizens' Academy at Quantico, Virginia in 2008 and he was also invited to join InfraGard, a large national alliance between the FBI and members of the private sector. In 2010 Dr. O'Block graduated from a 700 hour Basic Law Enforcement Training Course conducted by the Missouri Sheriff's Association.
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