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Children, Families and the Law

The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law

Course in Interpersonal Violence

Instructors; Robin Deutsch, PhD and Leslie Drozd, PhD

Family courts are challenged by increased reports of interpersonal violence. The goals of this course are to develop competence in the practices and procedures for assessing interpersonal violence with full awareness of ethics and standards appropriate to professional practice in a diverse population. This course will review laws and presumptions related to interpersonal violence, types of IPV, effects of IPV on children and parenting, evaluation practices, possible interventions and outcomes, and process and limitations of communicating findings and opinions. At the end of this course participants will be able to expand their practices and skills to conduct evaluations of interpersonal violence in the context of divorce custody disputes or Care and Protection proceedings.

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to identify definitions of interpersonal violence
  2. Identify the impact of interpersonal 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 take this course alone, or choose to take 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: divorce custody evaluation, interpersonal violence, child maltreatment, juvenile justice, 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.

> Register for 28 Continuing Education credits here. (Course code IV14-3)

Updated 8/25/14

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