Children Exposed To Domestic Violence (4 CE)
Course Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Course Developed By: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Bio: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation.
Content By: Patricia Patton-Lehn, Ph.D., Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Description: Children exposed to domestic violence and other high conflict situations live in a perpetual state of combat readiness, ever vigilant for the next battle between their parents. The anguish and rage of these children often result in significantly impaired object relations, dissociative states, an array of high risk and self-defeating behaviors, as well as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and severe personality disorders in adulthood. This workshop identifies the symptoms and behavioral signs that a child is being exposed to domestic violence. It explores the factors that impact how much stress a child endures as well as the developmental and neurological impacts of violence in the home. It covers assessment and diagnostic issues for PTSD, traumatic bonding and attachment dynamics, and treatment approaches that include practical cognitive-behavioral skill-building techniques (e.g. self-soothing and self-care strategies, interpersonal effectiveness and social skills), in addition to psychodynamic work and art therapy that emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and internalizing safe objects as key curative factors.
- Assess for a range of symptoms, including traumatic bonding, attachment dynamics, and PTSD.
- Apply Dr. Judith Herman’s model of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with this population.
- Identify environmental, developmental and neurological factors that influence the impact of violence on a child.
- Utilize both cognitive-behavioral skill-building techniques and psychodynamic treatment approaches.
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation.