Addiction and Domestic Violence
This is a useful course to cross train professionals on issues relevant to domestic violence and addictions. Content is based on research and best practices. The study discusses the complexities including false assumptions, variant terminology, victim-specific information such as causes for substance misuse, and barriers to successful completion of treatment. Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.
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Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE
Last course revision: 2018
Description: This study provides information relevant to the treatment and case management of domestic violence victims and perpetrators who are involved with substance or alcohol abuse. The intersection of these two fields complicates intervention services for both problems. The study discusses the complexities including false assumptions, variant terminology, victim-specific information such as causes for substance misuse, and barriers to successful completion of treatment. Participants will learn how to implement a safety plan and learn conflicts that emerge for women victims in substance abuse treatment and in 12-step recovery.
An overview of Lenore Walker’s cycle of violence opens the perpetrator segment of the course, which also includes, explanations of abuse, signs that a perpetrator is or is not changing. A matrix for organizing risk factors is discussed and information pertinent to relevant federal laws is covered. Recommended guidelines for intervention services for substance-involved domestic violence victims and perpetrators conclude the program. Finally, the second section is the Wingspread conference report containing a candid discussion of the difficulties in the system that works with the domestic violence population. The report offers the best thinking for understanding the complexity of the populations involved, concerns for assessment and triage, and intervention.
CE Credits: 6
CE Broker#: 20-10070
Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.
Content Areas: Domestic violence, Understanding addiction, Clinical evaluation and assessment, Abuse and trauma, Special populations/problems, Behavior disorders, Social and cultural foundations, Treatment knowledge, Helping relationship.
Purpose: Practitioners completing this course will be better prepared to intervene with substance abuse/domestic violence populations, and aware of the difficulties they may encounter and further equip the practitioner to intervene and improve outcomes and client retention.
Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals who may work with these populations.
States that accept Program Services credits because of our national approvals: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin
Accepts Program Services credits because we hold another state SW board approval: Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia Cross-disciplinary
States with no specified requirements/limitations or self- submit after the fact Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico
Program Services credits not available for Social Work in these states: Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana
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