Domestic Violence is prevalent in populations seeking mental health services across many service settings, though few practitioners have specialized training in providing services within the dynamics of domestic violence to all members of a family system. With current trends in violence research pointing to the efficacy of trauma-informed interventions, as well as challenges to traditional domestic violence interventions, it is clear that an integrated understanding of DV treatment and the neurobiology of trauma is necessary for efficacious mental health care. This, vitally, includes attending to the physical and psychological safety needs of clients as well as the safe processing of traumatic experiences. Attendees will learn skills for the assessment of domestic violence within a family system, effective intervention strategies which are both trauma-informed and attuned to the unique needs of victim/survivors, perpetrators, and child witnesses. Attendees will also have a better understanding of their role within larger systems including CPS, Probation and family court. Common treatment-interfering misconceptions about domestic violence will be addressed as well as the role of parallel process. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to practice specific skills related to intervening with clients to support their safety needs, trauma processing, increasing somatic awareness, as well as interventions aimed at connecting clients to the larger community.
Please note: Each class will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.
Counts as Treatment course for Trauma Certificate Program