Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Individuals who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) often do not seek help from professionals until the violence has become so severe that there is a concern for survival of self or children. When survivors do seek help, practitioners can be most effective when they are aware of the complexity of the varied and multi-dimensional impact on survivors, perpetrators, and their children. Practitioners who operate from trauma-informed knowledge and skills are most effective in approaching treatment of all family members exposed to violence. Clinicians who understand the short- and long-term aspects of violence can use a variety of techniques and approaches when helping survivors, perpetrators, and children. Specific intervention strategies include trauma-specific approaches in assessment and treatment. Rather than examination of treatment programs, the focus of this learning material is to examine specific clinical skills that can be used to implement interventions for survivors, perpetrators, and children at different levels of practice, including practice with individuals and families. The target audience for this learning material is social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors all of whom are very likely to work, knowingly or unknowingly, with victims of IPV. The purpose of this course is to familiarize clinicians about selected practice frameworks and treatment approaches in their work with survivors.

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” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Course Syllabus

Intervention Strategies
Mandatory Reporting
Practice Frameworks
                  Practitioner Roles
                  Generalist Practice
                  Ecological Systems Perspective
                  Strengths Perspective
                  Cultural Competence Practice Framework
                  Feminist Practice Framework
Treatment Theories and Models
                  Cognitive – Behavioral Theory
                  Exposure Therapy
                  Expressive Arts and Narrative Therapy
Specific Intervention
      Interventions with Individuals
      Interventions with Couples
      Interventions with Children and Families


Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW

Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University and teaches practice, theory, and research in the MSW program. Her recent research focuses on deaf and hard of hearing populations, especially in the areas of behavioral health, intimate partner violence, telemental health, well-being, and help-seeking.

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