Recent studies on intrafamilial violence indicate that a significant percentage of American children are exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) and family violence, and as a result, experience negative outcomes well into adulthood and are in need of mental health services. Helping professionals are likely to encounter clients who have experienced IPV and children who have been exposed to family violence. This intermediate-level course is designed for Florida mental health professionals and discusses the detrimental effects of IPV on child witnesses, the complex issues and negative sequelae that accompany exposure to IPV, and their impact on the mental health needs of children.
The course reviews treatment protocols and then describes therapeutic modalities, including trauma-focused play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral treatment. The importance of working with the caregiver or parent is highlighted. Clinicians will also learn about countertransferential reactions, vicarious traumatization, and clinician self-care. The course is designed for Florida social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists working with children and families in various settings.
This course should not be taken in conjunction with course Treating the Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence.
Florida - This course fulfills your domestic violence requirement.
Social Workers completing this course receive 4 clinical social work continuing education credits.
Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course.
- Describe intimate partner violence (IPV) and risk factors for victims and perpetrators.
- Explain the influence of cultural issues on IPV disclosure.
- Identify the possible detrimental effects of exposure to IPV on a child.
- Explain treatment protocols, assessments, and interventions when working with children and families exposed to IPV.
- Identify self-care strategies for clinicians working with children and families exposed to IPV.
About the Author(s)
Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CFC, received an MSW from Columbia University in 1982 and a doctorate in social welfare from Adelphi University in 1994. She was a postdoctoral fellow (1994-1996) in the psychology department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) in a National Institute of Mental Health program, studying the effects of family violence with Dr. Daniel O'Leary.
Justin Russotti, MSW, LSW, ACS, received an MSW from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York. He is in the process of completing a doctoral degree in counseling. Justin co-facilitates Delphi's RESPECT batterer intervention program and, through Resolve of Greater Rochester, developed a curriculum that initiates discussion around intimate partner violence with high school and college students.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
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