Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CFC
Peer Reviewer(s): Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW
Item#: N1498
Contents: 1 Course Book (70 pages)

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



Price $19.95
Item # N1498
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Professionals who work with families are likely to come in contact with clients who have experienced IPV and with 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 addressing the mental health needs of these children. The most effective treatment modalities currently available are presented and case vignettes are used to expand the healthcare professional's abilities to identify assess and intervene with children who have been exposed to IPV.

Florida Nurses - This course does not fulfill your domestic violence requirement. See N1500 Intimate Partner Violence: A Domestic Violence Concern.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

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

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 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.

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.

  • 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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