Domestic Violence: Helping Couples Heal Online Text-based Home Course (4 CE)

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Domestic occurs in every country, culture and age group. It affects people of all socioeconomic levels, religious affiliations, and educational backgrounds. The impact of domestic violence is far-reaching and invasive, impacting families, children and the community. In this presentation, we will set forth the components of domestic violence and the difficulties associated with assessing and treating it. Treatment approaches, safety planning, appropriateness of individual and conjoint sessions, and the therapist stance are discussed. We review ways to help couples communicate more effectively early in their relationship; address the issues which lead to angry and violent outbursts; place responsibility where it belongs to decrease the likelihood of intimate partner abuse and increase the probability of an equitable and cohesive relationship.

Authors: Nancy Klein, M.A., LMFT, Patricia Patton, Ph.D.

Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and other mental health clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the far-reaching effects of this problem on families, including the link between domestic violence and child abuse .
  2. Recognize the signs of a battering relationship and the use of battering as a means of control.
  3. Utilize interventions, counseling skills, and ongoing issues that are related to couples and families of domestic violence.
  4. Implement crisis management and safety planning protocols.