Registration Open for Domestic Violence Training for Mental Health Professionals – Modules 3 & 4

Registration Open for Domestic Violence Training for Mental Health Professionals – Modules 3 & 4

UPDATE 4/10/19: This training is full. You are welcome to register yourself on the waitlist at the link below, and you will be notified if a spot opens up. We encourage you to also sign up for training updates at this link to get notifications for future trainings.

Join us in Augusta on May 6th, 2019 for Modules 3 & 4 of our 12-hour Mental Health Curriculum, presented by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and Family Violence Project, the local Domestic Violence Resource Center serving Somerset & Kennebec Counties

About the Curriculum

This 12-hour curriculum was developed collaboratively by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and partners in the mental health field in order to meet the 2020 domestic violence training requirements for Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (see L.D. 1238, 126th Legis. 2013). The four three-hour modules include information that will help mental health professionals be prepared to work with people who have experienced and perpetrated domestic abuse and violence.

On May 6th, we will cover the last two of four modules:

Module 3 – Domestic Abuse: Intervention Strategies (3 hours)

  • Considerations for working with batterers including an evaluation of the effectiveness of Batterer Intervention Programs, Anger Management Programs, individual counseling for Batterers, and couples counseling.
  • Exploration of the Duty to Warn and how it applies when working with batterers.
  • Case example analyzing how systems and workers might collude with batterers, examples of how to hold batterer clients accountable instead of colluding.
  • Discussion of the role of the mental health professional in contrast to the role of the advocate.
  • Screening – what, when, how (both written and verbal, at every intake, when relationship changes, etc.).
  • Explanation of ways to connect survivors with domestic violence advocacy services.
  • What counselors need to know about safety planning.
  • How to document domestic abuse in a trauma-informed way using accountable language.
  • Fishbowl demonstration of what happens when a provider calls the helpline.
  • Introduction to evidence-based risk assessment tools in use in Maine, including an overview of their purpose and audience, and the difference between risk analysis and risk assessment.

Module 4 – Domestic Abuse: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Competent Responses (3 hours)

  • A closer look at how those in the mental health field might unintentionally cause sanctuary harm in their work with LGBTQIA+ folks.
  • Trauma is not “post” for DV survivors—what does an intervention look like in the context of ongoing danger? How can we employ an ecological analysis of trauma in our work with survivors? What impact does collective/historical trauma have on DV survivors?
  • Activities/techniques that can help ground survivors and manage the trauma.
  • Exploration of ways in which trauma impacts survivors’ ability to reach out for help.
  • Exploration of ways that survivors cope with the abuse, including attempts to stop it, to manage the impact, and to escape it.
  • Case example activity with a focus on trauma-informed practice.
  • Special considerations for responding to the abuse of elders, differently-abled individuals, teens, and children, including information on trauma-informed, survivor-centered approaches to mandated reporting.
  • Exploration of ways in which professionals’ own trauma histories may impact their own work, and suggestions for how to manage this inevitable experience.
  • Discussion of the importance of an anti-oppression framework for our work with survivors at both the system and individual levels.
  • Information about culturally-specific resources in Maine and using an interpreter.
  • Role that faith/spirituality can play for survivors, including faith-based domestic violence resources.
  • Overview of trauma-focused interventions in use with DV survivors.

To get complete event information and to sign up, visit our registration page