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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 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. Cultural issues regarding IPV such as language barriers, immigration concerns, and attitudes toward women are covered. Effects of IPV exposure are described, including the roles of neurobiology, attachment, and resilience, and participants will learn about the impact of IPV on different age groups.
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 author 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 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.
Participants will receive 4(Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
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Graham-Bermann, S. A., Castor, L. E., Miller, L. E., & Howell, K. H. (2012). The impact of intimate partner violence and additional traumatic events on trauma symptoms and PTSD in preschool-aged children. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 393–400. doi:10.1002/jts.21724
Lamers-Winkelman, F., Willemen, A. M., & Visser, M. (2012). Adverse childhood experiences of referred children exposed to intimate partner violence: Consequences for their wellbeing. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36(2012), 166–179. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.07.006
MacMillan, H. L., & Wathen, C. N. (2014). Children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. In S. J. Cozza, J. A. Cohen, & J. G. Dougherty (Eds.), Disaster and trauma (pp. 295–308). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
Miller, L. E., Howell, K. H., Hunter, E. C., & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2012). Enhancing safety-planning through evidence-based interventions with preschoolers exposed to intimate partner violence. Child Care in Practice, 18(1), 67–82. doi:10.1080/13575279.2011.621885
Tsavoussis, A., Stawicki, S. P. A., Stoicea, N., & Papadimos, T. J. (2014, October 10). Child-witnessed domestic violence and its adverse effects on brain development: A call for societal self-examination and awareness. Frontiers in Public Health. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2014.00178