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Spousal Abuse Assessment and Reporting – 15 hours

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

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 15 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 15 hour 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.  For learners interested in a specific segment of this course, each part described below is available as a separate course.

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

  • Define the different types of intimate partner violence.
  • Identify indicators of intimate partner violence for each type.
  • Explain theories of intimate partner violence.
  • Describe different types of intimate partner violence prevention strategies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Describe mandatory reporting duties of professionals.
  • Differentiate practice frameworks for intervention.
  • Identify evidence-based treatment theories and models
  • Explain specific intervention techniques and applications for individuals, couples, and children and families.
  • Describe aspects of culture that shape varied meanings of IPV trauma.
  • Explain how minority stress theory applies to victims of IPV.
  • Identify IPV-related issues among survivors of varied cultural/ethnic groups.
  • Recognize special populations that are disproportionately affected by IPV and important factors related to their help seeking.

Course Syllabus

PART 1: PREVALENCE, INDICATORS, AND THEORIES
Introduction
Myths About IPV and the Truth
Types, Terminology, and Definitions
U.S. Prevalence Estimates
Cultural Aspects of IPV
Effects of IPV Around the Globe
Indicators of IPV
Consequences of IPV
Theoretical Models of IPV
Prevention
Provider Self-care
Summary
References

PART 2: ASSESSMENT, SAFETY PLANNING, TRAUMA, SOCIOCULTURAL ASPECTS, PERPETRATOR DYNAMICS, AND LEGAL ISSUES
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
Reference

PART 3: EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS – PART I
Introduction
Traumatic Reactions
Help-Seeking
Safety Planning
Intervention Planning
Cultural Considerations in Treatment
Summary
References

PART 4: EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS – PART II
Introduction
Intervention Strategies
Mandatory Reporting
Practice Frameworks
Treatment Theories and Models
Specific Intervention
Summary
References

PART 5: INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IN CULTURALLY DIVERSE GROUPS AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Introduction
Culture and Trauma
Cultural and Social Norms that Support Violence
Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Among IPV Survivors
Special Populations
Summary
References

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