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Intimate Partner Violence

2 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Co-developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D. and Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

This two (2) CE credit Intimate Partner Violence online course fulfills the Spousal & Partner Abuse requirement for Psychologists and the pre-licensing requirement for psychologists who began graduate training between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2003. As of 1/1/04, California MFTs and LCSWs need 7 CE to fulfill this requirement.

See our 7 CE online course Intimate Partner Violence: Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding...

This course is also offered as part of a Pre-licensing Savings Package of pre-requisite courses.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles    audio Audios

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

This is an intermediate level course about spousal and partner abuse. The course not only identifies the scope, demographics, and typologies associated with Intimate Partner Violence, but also summarizes an array of techniques used to assess domestically violent relationships. Further, various interventions currently in use are compared and contrasted. Domestic violence in ethnic minority families, as well as in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender relationships is reviewed in the final component of the course.

Specific tenets of the Codes of Ethics as well as California Law are provided. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to help psychotherapists understand the complexities involved in domestic violence and enable them to make predictions, assessments and interventions in these volatile and often tragic situations.

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Make spousal and partner abuse assessments.

2.    Detect and identify domestic violence.

3.    Utilize domestic violence interventions.


Ali, P. A., Dhingra, K., & McGarry, J. (2016). A literature review of intimate partner violence and its classifications. Aggression and violent behavior, 31, 16-25.

Arroyo, K., Lundahl, B., Butters, R., Vanderloo, M., & Wood, D. S. (2017). Short-term interventions for survivors of intimate partner violence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 18 (2), 155-171.

Austin, A. E., Shanahan, M. E., Barrios, Y. V., & Macy, R. J. (2017). A systematic review of interventions for women parenting in the context of intimate partner violence. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838017719233

Course Syllabus

Detection of Domestic Violence

  • Scope of the Problem & Demographics of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Factors Impacting Intimate Partner Violence: Characteristics and typology of Male Batterers and Relational Qualities

Assessment of Domestic Violence

  • Framing Statements, Methods of Questioning and Detecting Domestic Violence
  • When Abuse Is Discovered: Planning, Documentation & Confidentiality
  • Potential Physical and Behavioral Health Effects of Domestic Abuse
  • Lenore Walker's Cycle of Violence
  • Patient Advocacy, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning

Intervention Strategies

  • Prosecution & Mandated Intervention
  • Treatment Approaches: Client-Centered, Self Psychology and Dynamic Approaches
  • The Compassion Workshop & Solution-Focused Approaches
  • Treatment of Assaultive Men from an Attachment Perspective

Partner Violence in Ethnic Minority Families

  • African American, Latino, Asian and Native American: Incidence of Partner Violence among Ethnic Minorities
  • Acculturation, Stereotypes, Barrier to Treatment & Research Concerns

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Relationships

  • The Prevalence of the Problem
  • Research Findings & The Legal System
  • Availability of (or lack of) Resources & List of Resources
  • A National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)

A Cultural Perspective and Systems Theory Applied to Domestic Violence

Code of Ethics and Domestic Violence

California Law and Domestic Violence

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