Domestic Violence: Spousal and Partner Abuse (8 CE)
Title: Domestic Violence – Spousal and Partner Abuse
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: Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT, 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
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Target Audience: Psychologists, LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and other mental health clinicians.
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.
- Define all types of intimate partner violence in gendered and gender-neutral perspectives.
- Identify the obstacles that therapists face in detecting and assessing for abuse.
- Identify the considerations associated with individual vs. conjoint therapy for violent partners and the best individualized approaches for safety planning and treatment decisions.
- List the cultural diversity factors that impact abuse assessment, disclosure and treatment.
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.