Recognizing & Responding to Intimate Partner Violence

CE Hours: 4.5
Instructor: Lisa Christian, MSW, LCSW

A Live, Interactive Webconference
Friday, October 29, 2021, Philhaven via Live Interactive Zoom
Thursday, November 4, 2021, Norristown via Live Interactive Zoom

The US is currently experiencing simultaneous public health issues.  The COVID crisis is obvious but the other crisis, trauma created and maintained by patterns of violence, is often less visible and gets too little attention.  Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is of pandemic proportions, which means it’s very likely that therapists working in intensive, in-home, family-based programs encounter it regularly.   IPV creates adverse childhood experiences as well as significant life adversity for adults, both of which are social determinants of health linked to chronic disease, poor health outcomes, and premature death.  And these effects impact caregivers’ parenting.  Utilizing a trauma focused lens, this training explores contributing factors of IPV, including what many families describe as generational curses related to IPV.  This training highlights the contexts that maintain and perpetuate these “curses” involving the intergenerational transmission of this form of violence.  Videos and case scenarios are utilized to help identify different types of IPV, the structural and systemic issues that intersect with IPV, and the indicators for predicting lethality. 

 As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Explain the link between IPV, adverse childhood experiences, and the long-term adverse effects on adult physical, emotional, and relational health. 
  2. Describe the Cycle of Violence 
  3. Describe the role of intersectionality and systemic structural issues that contribute to re-traumatization of individuals and families seeking services and support
  4. Explain the role of stigma and the concept of generational curses in the intergenerational transmission of IPV  
  5. Identify types and lethality indicators for IPV  

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is all behavioral health professionals working within an Ecosystemic Family Therapy Model. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:45am: Break
10:45am-1:10pm: Focus on Objectives 3-5

About The Trainer

Lisa Christian is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She completed a post graduate training program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center (PCFTTC) where she is a faculty member.  She is employed full time at the Anti Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) and has been working in the area of victim’s services for the past 5-years.  At AVP she provides in-office individual and family therapy as well as in school counseling, trauma focused crisis response, clinical consultation, training and support to middle/high school students and faculty impacted by violence and violent crime. She also provides clinical supervision, training and support to the Philadelphia (CARES) Peer Crisis Response Program.  Prior to her work in victim services, she worked in varied capacities with homeless adolescents and families for 26-years. She has an extensive background as a trainer, group and workshop facilitator. Her engaging and interactive teaching style incorporates more than 30-years of work as a practitioner in homeless as well as victim services.

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