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Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence Based Interventions – Part I

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 a worldwide phenomenon with negative effects across multiple life domains leading to varied individual and interpersonal problems.  Many victims do not seek help to address the IPV or their reactions to this trauma. The difficulties many victims of abuse face can be complex and multi-layered.  When survivors do decide to seek help, social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and psychologists can play pivotal roles in offering a sense of compassion and empathy that help build trust. Clinicians can expect that survivors will bring many complex and challenging issues to treatment.  Because there is no one model for symptom presentation, treatment needs to be tailored to individual needs.  Clinicians may face gaps in their knowledge and skills, which can prompt need for additional training and supervision. This purpose of this learning material is to address these gaps in clinician knowledge. Understanding that survivors have unique experiences, narratives, and needs allows practitioners to create a treatment approach that addresses multiple dimensions. Clinicians can assist survivors in creating safety plans and because the negative impacts of trauma are complex and complicated, intervention strategies often address various difficulties in multiple life domains.  Interventions can be individualized for victims, perpetrators and their children.  There are a number of trauma-informed practices that practitioners can use with their clients who are in or have been in abusive, traumatic relationships.  These practices must also integrate cultural practices, beliefs, and traditions if they are to be effective with survivors of diverse groups.  Many clinicians can benefit from understanding the traumatic reactions, help-seeking, and intervention approaches.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify types of trauma reactions.
  • Explain help seeking dynamics and reasons why many victims do not seek help.
  • List the components of a safety plan.
  • Describe trauma-informed interventions.
  • Recognize cultural considerations in treatment planning.

Course Syllabus

Traumatic Reactions
            Transtheoretical Model of Change
            Factors Affecting Help-Seeking Behaviors
Safety Planning
Intervention Planning
            Trauma-Informed Treatment Models
      Immediate Interventions
      Crisis Hotlines
      Intake Assessments
      Integrated or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
           Cognitive Processing Therapy
           Seeking Safety
           Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE)
           Addiction and Trauma Recovery Integration Model (ATRIUM)
            Helping Women Recover and Beyond Trauma (HWR/BT)
            Concurrent Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use with
                        Prolonged Exposure (COPE)
            Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET)
            Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM)
Cultural Considerations in Treatment
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