Certified Domestic Violence Response Specialist (CDVRS) (29 CE Total)

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Certified Domestic Violence Response Specialist (CDVRS)

Certificate course created by: Alden Hori, PhD

Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. He was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The AATBS Certification for Domestic Violence Response Specialist is a self-paced home-study course that provides 29 hours of instruction. This program presents a comprehensive examination of domestic violence, including historical, psychological, social, familial, and legal issues. This material offers information on prevention and recovery, along with practical steps for escaping a violent domestic situation. Recommendations are provided on how inquiry for domestic violence victimization, assessment, documentation, intervention and referrals should occur in multiple settings. Trauma-based treatments targeted at or modified for interpersonal violence survivors as well as effective trauma-informed conditions that survivors of trauma need to heal and feel safe are reviewed. In addition, this program explores the key issues faced by people in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities as they deal with domestic violence in their lives. This course provides the first ever simultaneous national and state-level prevalence estimates of violence for all states. Finally, practical guidelines for creating a safety plan for victims of domestic violence and stalking are discussed.

Course Curriculum *

  • Book: Domestic Violence Sourcebook
    by Dawn Bradley Berry
  • Text: Domestic Violence Guidelines: Identifying & Responding to Domestic Violence
    by Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • Online Video: Voices of Survivors
    by Dr. Christina Nicolaidis and Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • Text: Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors
    by National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
  • Text: A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Disability, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault Organizations
    by Disability Rights Wisconsin
  • Text: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Communities and Domestic Violence
    by National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • Text: National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
    by Michele C. Black, Kathleen C. Basile, Matthew J. Breiding, Sharon G. Smith, Mikel L. Walters, Melissa T. Merrick, Jieru Chen and Mark R. Stevens, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Text: Stalking Prevention Resources
    by National Center for Victims of Crime, AARDVARC, and Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • Text: Domestic Violence Safety Plan
    by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


In addition to becoming a Certified Domestic Violence Response Specialist, you also receive 29 credit hours for continuing education.

These certification courses are appropriate for professionals in the mental health field. This includes psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and other qualified professionals with mental health training.

AATBS is an approved provider of continuing education for many organizations, including, APA, ASWB, and many additional boards. To determine whether you are eligible to receive continuing education credit, go to the  AATBS list of approvals.

* The cost of shipping within the U.S. is included in the course fee (outside the U.S., please call for shipping costs).

This Certification program is not approved through APA, ASWB-ACE, New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work or for NBCC credit. Each course description page will indicate the boards that approve each course.


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