COURSE DESCRIPTION: This program presents critical information for healthcare providers about domestic violence in an unusual and exciting learning format. The award-winning instructors (one a former police officer, prosecutor and judge and the other a licensed mental health counselor and jury trial consultant), will engage the viewing audience by sharing their personal and professional experiences in a dynamic fashion, mixing didactic instruction, story-telling and interactive learning, in such a manner that the audience will come away with a new-found understanding regarding the myths and realities of domestic violence and how it affects us all.
You have never seen a presentation like this one before.
The content does not shy away from controversial questions such as:
- What type of woman falls for a batterer?
- What is she doing that is doing that is making him batter and what can she do to make him stop?
- Why doesn’t she just leave?
- Why doesn’t he just stop?
- Aren’t women just as violence as men these days?
- If the kids don’t see it, are they really domestic violence victims?
- Won’t he change if he just quits drinking?
- Red Flags for the Healthcare Provider
- Are there really more dog shelters than battered women shelters?
- What should I say to a battered woman?
COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of the seminar, participants will:
- Understand the belief systems and thought processes of men who batter which enable them to rationalize abusive or destructive behavior.
- Identify warning signs or red flags of domestic violence in a family where all members deny its existence
- Identify the characteristics of men who are likely to batter.
- Identify common tactics of men who batter
- Describe the various treatment approaches for men who batter, and understand which forms of treatment are most effective, which are least effective, and why
- Recognize the effects of domestic violence on children
- Conduct an interview with a victim of domestic violence that will encourage her to reveal whether or not she is abused, and inform her of the resources available in the community that can help.
- Recognize when a referral to batterers intervention would be helpful to the family.
- Understand the relationship between substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence.