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Release Date: November 28, 2016
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.
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. Clinicians will also learn about countertransferential reactions, vicarious traumatization, and clinician self-care. The course is designed for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists working with children and families in various settings.
- This course does not fulfill your domestic violence requirement. See Course B4238.
- 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.
- 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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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.