Intimate Partner Violence 2019

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Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College

Instructor: Jessica Greenwald O'Brien, PhD

Online: November 11 - December 8, 2019
On Campus: December 13 - 14, 2019

This course in Intimate Partner Violence is designed for professionals engaged in providing services to children, adults and families, and the courts who seek to provide or understand best practices of investigation, evaluation, and testimony in matters where domestic violence is alleged. This blended learning course will expose participants to emerging research in interpersonal violence and best practices using available guidelines and standards for evaluation of IPV. This training provides 28 Continuing Education Credits. The course is a blended learning format and spans 4 weeks of online coursework for 13 hours and 15 hours of onsite instruction over a weekend-in-residence. Mental health practitioners, mediators, attorneys, and other professionals will have the opportunity to expand their practice and skills in this emerging area.

Participants in this in this course will:
1. Identify definitions of interpersonal violence
2. Identify the impact of intimate partner violence on children and alleged victim and perpetrator
3. Demonstrate the components of an evaluation of IPV
4. Identify problems and strategies for assessing risk
5. Recognize different outcomes for different types of violence
6. Identify risks for different categories or types of violence.
7. Apply a systematic approach to providing a sound evidence-based report and opinion
8. Identify conflicting priorities for families where IPV is present
9. Examine interventions for families when IPV is present
10. Identify ethical issues inherent in evaluations and testimony

Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare and protection professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in mental health, law, or human services, certification or licensure in mental health, law, mediation and experience working with high conflict families.

Participants may choose to take all four courses to receive a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work as GALs, evaluators, or parenting coordinators.. Current courses include: , parenting coordination, divorce child custody, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and mental health and juvenile justice. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.

Program Code: IV19

Credits: 28 CE Credits (MFT CE Credits available)

Fees: $1,100

Blended Delivery Method

All courses are offered for 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend in residence" at William James College campus in Newton, MA.

About the Child and Family Forensic Certificate

The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work in child welfare, juvenile delinquency, sexual offending, domestic violence, divorce custody and post-divorce parenting contexts. The five courses include: Child Custody Evaluation, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, Child Maltreatment, and Parenting Coordination. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.

Each course is a blended learning format and spans 4 weeks of online coursework for 13 hours and 15 hours of on-site instruction over a weekend- in-residence. Each course is 28 hours and provide 28 Continuing Education Credits. Courses are open to mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, mediators, court personnel and other professionals interested in child and family forensic issues. Professionals who choose four classes will obtain a Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues from William James College.

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