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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
  • Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CFC
  • Justin Russotti, MSW, LMSW, ACS
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW
  • Laura Gibson, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Item#: B4238
Contents: 1 Course Book (130 pages)

Child Witnesses to Intimate Partner Violence: For Florida Mental Health Professionals, 2nd Edition

Price $34.95
Item # B4238
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 28, 2016

Expiration Date: November 28, 2019

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 discusses internalizing and externalizing behaviors of children exposed to IPV, and trauma symptoms are explored in terms of attachment, biological processes, cognition, affect regulation, dissociation, behavioral control, and self-concept.

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 B4237 - Treating the Mental Health Needs of Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence.

Florida - This course fulfills your domestic violence requirement.

  • Social Workers will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course. Accreditations.
  • Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

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.

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. 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.

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. Justin also works as a research project director, coordinator, and therapist at Mt. Hope Family Center, where he is examining the effects of maltreatment in young children and the efficacy of various treatment models designed to address childhood trauma exposure.

Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW, received an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of William and Mary. She is the founding director of the Child Witness to Violence Project, and from 2000-2011 was co-director of the Child Protection Team, both of which function within the department of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. The Child Witness to Violence Project provides developmentally informed, trauma-focused intervention to young children and their parents who are affected by violence and other traumas. Ms. Groves is an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and adjunct lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She serves on the National Advisory Commission of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women and on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence. In addition, Ms. Groves has served in advisory and consultative capacities for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her practice and research interests focus on the impact of community and family violence on young children, and on engaging community systems in identifying and responding to children who are affected by violence in their environments. She has published and presented extensively on topics related to childhood trauma and intervention.

Laura Gibson, MSW, PhD, LCSW, has been practicing clinical social work for more than 18 years. She earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University), a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Indiana, and a doctor of philosophy degree in social work from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gibson is a licensed clinical social worker in both Indiana and Kentucky. She served as a targeted assessment specialist for the Department for Community Based Services (Owensboro, KY), focusing on the areas of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and learning problems, and has provided mental health services to children in a variety of settings, including their homes, schools, and a psychiatric hospital. She is an item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards’ (ASWB) master’s-level licensing examination for social workers and is a former member of the ASWB Examination Committee. She is a book review editor for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. Dr. Gibson is an assistant professor and the MSW program director for Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky.

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