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Intimate Partner Violence: Assessment, Safety Planning, Trauma, Sociocultural Aspects, Perpetrator Dynamics, and Legal Issues

Author: Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW
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Course Created: 2020

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is intentional physical, sexual, or psychological harm inflicted upon an individual by a partner or spouse. IPV, sometimes called domestic violence, takes many forms such as physical assault, verbal insults and threats, emotional withdrawal, psychological manipulation, economic control, and sexual assault.   Clinicians who screen and assess individuals for IPV will be better able to develop IPV-specific treatment plans to address the unique needs of survivors and perpetrators of abuse.  In addition to providing information about screening and assessment, the course explores the sociocultural aspects of IPV. Perpetrator dynamics, IPV homicide, and legal issues are all discussed.  Treatment models for perpetrators involve replacing maladaptive behaviors with non-abusive, healthy skills and, if warranted, recognizing the impact of a perpetrator's past trauma on his behavior.  The purpose of this learning material is to educate psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors about these facets of IPV and IPV intervention.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the value and procedures of assessment and screening for intimate partner violence.
  • Describe the types of trauma and the multidimensional levels of trauma individuals exposed to intimate partner violence may experience.
  • Recognize sociocultural aspects of intimate partner violence.
  • Describe factors in IPV perpetration, IPV homicide, and perpetrator treatment.
  • Identify legal issues relevant to IPV intervention.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Assessment
  • Screening Tools and Instruments
  • Screening for Perpetration Risk
  • Tips for Screening
  • Challenges with “Leaving”
  • Safety Planning
  • Trauma
  • Sociocultural Aspects of IPV
  • Perpetrators of IPV
  • Legal Issues
  • Summary, provider #1115, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 07/08/21-07/08/24.

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