This introductory domestic violence course presents the legal and operational definitions and terminology commonly used in domestic violence populations. Recent statistics on prevalence and incidence are presented.

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 may meet 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 offering presents the legal and operational definitions and terminology commonly used re domestic violence populations.  Recent statistics on prevalence and incidence are presented.  A brief understanding of the Duluth model of Domestic Violence Intervention will preface more in-depth examination of batterers, and victim profiles, typology, and other descriptive information.  An overview addressing intervention strategy, current treatment options, and cross-disciplinary interface will be discussed.  The session concludes with a risk analysis paradigm for understanding and developing working interventions with victims of domestic violence.  Finally, the course will cover danger assessment and safety plans.  This is the recommended domestic violence course for new licensees approved for Florida and other states.

1.  The learner will be able to identify victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
2.  The learner will be able to provide danger assessments and safety plans with victims.
Learning Assessments:
1.  Participants will be able to define at least four terms specific to domestic violence.
2.  Participants will be able to list and describe the eight components of the power and control wheel as per the Duluth Model for Domestic Violence Intervention
3.  Participants will be able to list and describe the eight components of the equality wheel as per the Duluth Model for Domestic Violence Intervention
4.  Participants will be able to identify examples of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and profiles of batterers as well as abused partners.
5.  Participants will be able to evaluate lethality and provide safety planning.

CE Credits: 2

Hour One: Define four terms specific to domestic violence Identify statistical information; present the eight components of power and control wheel and the eight components of the equality wheel/ Duluth Model.
Hour Two: Typology of batterers, profiles of victims and perpetrators, examples of abuse, emotional, sexual, etc., risk analysis paradigm.

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: This course is developed to prepare practitioners to identify and plan intervention with those affected by domestic violence.

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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