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Helping professionals are likely to encounter clients who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) and children who have been exposed to family violence. This intermediate-level course is designed for behavioral health professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses, working with children and families in various settings in the state of Florida. The course discusses the influence of cultural issues on IPV disclosure, the impact of IPV on different age groups, and the internalizing and externalizing behaviors of children exposed to IPV. Symptoms of trauma in children, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are described in terms of attachment, biological processes, cognition, affect regulation, dissociation, behavioral control, and self-concept. The course also describes the detrimental effects of IPV on child witnesses in terms of neurobiology and resilience. The most effective treatment modalities currently available are presented, including trauma-focused play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and several case vignettes are used to illustrate concepts, highlighting the importance of working with parents and caregivers. Because working with traumatized children can take a toll on clinicians, and participants will learn about countertransferential reactions, vicarious traumatization, and clinician self-care.
This course fulfills the Florida domestic violence CE requirement.
- Describe intimate partner violence (IPV) and risk factors for victims and perpetrators.
- Explain the influence of cultural issues on IPV disclosure.
- Identify the detrimental effects that exposure to IPV can have 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.
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 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. Dr. Monahan joined the faculty of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University in 1996 as assistant professor and became associate professor in 2000. She is the founder (1998) and director of the Family Violence Education and Research Center (FVERC) at the School of Social Welfare. In 2010, she was appointed associate dean of the FVERC.
Dr. Monahan is a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a certified forensic consultant. She has been in private practice since 1984. As a traumatologist, Dr. Monahan works with individuals who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and severe trauma. She has provided therapy and clinical supervision/consultation at several domestic violence shelters on Long Island, including the Half Hollow Hills Clinic at the Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills, New York. Dr. Monahan is a national and international lecturer on the topics of child abuse and trauma and is a clinical consultant, expert witness, and forensic consultant.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- 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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