Course Overview

Domestic Violence, the number one public health problem in the United States, many paraprofessionals and caseworkers feel frustrated or overwhelmed by the chronic nature of domestic violence, which may be further intensified by co-occurring issues such as substance abuse or mental illness. A solid philosophical framework that guides child protection practice can help caseworkers focus their assessment and intervention practices with families in which domestic violence occurs


Many clinical treatment providers, shelters and advocates are not adequately cross trained to assess co-occurring disorders and addictions. Many substance abuse agencies have not crossed trained their staff on domestic violence issues, typology of a batterer and victimology issues around safety. Many shelters and advocates have not been trained as clinicians and often miss signs of mental illness and /or addictions.


Goals and Objectives

This course will use the knowledge and information developed for the implementing of quality services to all families impacted by family violence. The goal of this course is to help treatment professionals create an integrated knowledge base about substance abuse and domestic violence and to outline a system of integrated care for this problem. Because the scope of this problem impacts more than one individual, this course attempts to focus its attention on the individual most commonly seen in drug and alcohol treatment programming today. Domestic violence is not due to the abuser’s loss of control over his or her behavior. In fact, violence is a deliberate choice made by the abuser in order to take control over his or her spouse or partner.  Domestic violence is a learned behavior. We will also discuss the common myths of domestic violence.


During the course of this course we will explore the dynamics of a violent relationship and the relevance of factors like family history of violence, substance abuse and medical or mental health issues to determine the likelihood of continuing violence. We will discuss appropriate screening and assessment procedures and techniques, explore the risk factors associated with domestic violence and the use of alcohol and other drugs. Finally, we will examine and become familiar with screening instruments and assessment techniques for identifying domestic violence.

This workshop has been approved for 8 CEUs by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. CE Broker Course Tracking Number: 20-599806. DCF Approved Workshop for 8 Hours. Provider #: 50-9339 The Certification Board of Addictions Professionals CE Provider # 5090