This is a core course on domestic violence (DV) / intimate partner violence (IPV); an approved curriculum for ALL mental health professionals, addiction professionals, nurses and allied health professions.

Note: This is an approved 2CE course that meets the domestic violence content requirements for license renewal for Florida Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. The content also meets requirements in other states as well please check our approvals page and your state board. Resources provided are for all fifty states.

Available as a live course for contracted groups. Contact us for information.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2022


Description:  This is a core course on domestic violence (DV) / intimate partner violence (IPV); an approved curriculum for ALL
mental health professionals, addiction professionals, nurses and allied health professions. The study will provide definitions of key terms and descriptions of various types of abuse.  Risk factors and information about various populations including, spouses, children, and the elderly will be presented. Profile information on both victims and perpetrators is provided. Theories that attempt to explain violence are discussed.  Issues relevant to assessment including signs and symptoms, specific injuries and patterns of injury known to be associated with abuse, screening methods and tools, and counseling roles will be discussed.  Learners from US states will be provided with Internet resources to obtain state-by-state information on laws and domestic violence resources. A Florida resources supplement is provided.
1.  Learners will be able to utilize incidence and prevalence and risk and protective factors information identify the problem of domestic violence.
2.  Learners will be able to implement lethality assessments and safety plans.
Learning assessment:
1.  The participant will be able to define relevant terminology pertaining to domestic violence/intimate partner violence.
2.  The participant will be able to identify incidence and prevalence statistics on DV/IPV.
3.  The participant will be able to identify risk factors for various types of abuse.
4.  The participant will be able to describe the four life course theories of violence.
5.  The participant will be able to describe critical aspects of assessment including safety planning and lethality assessment.
6.  The participant will be able to describe the support and advocacy role in domestic violence counseling.

CE Credits:    2

Hour One:  Course Objectives, Introduction, Definitions, Incidence and Prevalence, Profiles, Risk Factors
Hour Two:  Theories of Violence, Assessment, Safety Planning, Lethality Assessment, Resources

CE Broker#:   20-28679

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area:  Domestic violence, Social and cultural foundations, Professional orientation/readiness, Risk management, Documentation/treatment planning, Legal and regulatory, Abuse and trauma.

Purpose:  The purpose this study is to promote effective, non-defensive domestic violence intervention that is provided with competence and security for victims, and perpetrators, in interdisciplinary collaboration with other professionals.

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.


National Board for Certified Counselors (N.B.C.C.) Program Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #: 5978.                  
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.           
Program Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Social Work:  State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education.
The following states accept our national approvals (NBCC) for social work CE:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.
We are approved in two states for social work (Florida and Alabama).
The following states accept Program Services CE if other state SW boards have approved our CE. (Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,  Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.)    
These states specify cross-disciplinary CE is acceptable, have no specified requirements/limitations, or that social workers can self- submit after the fact: 
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico.
Program Services has not applied for CE for social work in New York, Hawaii, Iowa, and Minnesota.

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling: BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

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