Domestic Violence: Spousal or Partner Abuse Text-based Home Course (7 CE) - Printed Version

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Spousal and partner abuse is most commonly understood as violence perpetrated by males against females in intimate and/or marriage relationships. Recently however, some attention has been given to gender-neutral approaches and has enhanced our understanding of the diversity of violence in a variety of partnerships: dating, homosexual, cohabitating, teen boyfriend/girlfriend, etc. This presentation will explore the barriers that therapists have, including blind spots and questioning techniques and focus upon how to make assessments for victimization and perpetration from gendered and gender-neutral perspectives. Conventional treatment considerations will be discussed, including how to devise safety plans and how to determine if individual and/or conjoint sessions are appropriate. In addition, considerations for cultural diversity are explored, to include discussion of cultural, gender-orientation, age differences in cases of domestic violence.

Authors: Sharon Law, M.A., LMFT, Patricia Patton-Lehn, Ph.D., Nancy Klein, M.A., LMFT, Jodi Blackley, MS, LMFT, Mary Ella Viehe, Ph.D., LMFT

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. Define all types of intimate partner violence in gendered and gender-neutral perspectives.
  2. Identify the obstacles that therapists face in detecting and assessing for abuse.
  3. Identify the considerations associated with individual vs. conjoint therapy for violent partners and the best individualized approaches for safety planning and treatment decisions.
  4. List the cultural diversity factors that impact abuse assessment, disclosure and treatment.


This course satisfies the following California BBS Pre-licensure requirements:

  • 7 hours toward the 15 hours of Spousal Abuse Assessment and Reporting (Domestic Violence) required for California LCSW candidates
  • 7 hours toward the 15 hours of Spousal or Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection and Intervention (Domestic Violence) required for California LPCC candidates


Advantages of taking Gerry Grossman Seminars at-home CE courses:

  • Online courses offer the post-test online for instant course completion.
  • You can repeat the post-test if you don't pass.
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  • California LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs can fulfill 100% of their CE hours online.
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