Psychology: Treating the Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence, 2nd Edition

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Release Date: November 28, 2016
Expiration Date: November 28, 2021


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 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. Participants will learn about identifying exposure to IPV and reporting cases to child protective services. Case scenarios throughout the course illuminate how clients may present and appropriate responses from helping professionals.

Social Workers completing this course receive 4 clinical social work continuing education credits. 

New Jersey Social Workers - Treating the Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence, 2nd Edition, Course #2962, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Elite Professional Education, LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/17/2020 - 03/17/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 4 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Florida - This course does not fulfill your domestic violence requirement.

NOTE: This course should not be taken in conjunction with course #B4238 - Child Witnesses to Intimate Partner Violence: For Florida Mental Health Professionals.

Course Objectives

  • 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, LMSW, 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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
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