Intimate Partner Violence Part 2: Creating Opportunities to have Conversation about it
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm CST
Free (CEU for $15 fee)
No pre-registration needed
Intimate partner violence and abuse is rooted in a power imbalance between individuals, within families and in society. When one person is controlled and/or considered less worthy than another one – because they are a vulnerable person or part of a vulnerable population – there is the potential for abuse. That is why we all need to work to prevent violence and to build a society where abuse of power is not tolerated. By seeing intimate partner violence and abuse for what it is — a crime — we can all take responsibility and work together as a community to stop the violence.
The Intimate Partner Violence series provides participants with an opportunity to increase awareness of this public health issue. During the first session, the framework is laid for an understanding of intimate partner violence and its cycle of hurts. The second session offers participants the opportunity to identify and practice techniques to be used to develop a safe, collaborative approach of the issue for the survivor.
Research has shown that intimate partner violence survivors are often judged, not believed and blamed by professionals, so it is no wonder that survivors are hesitant to bring up the violence. Often people who experience intimate partner violence lack a support network. They may have only health care providers or social service workers to turn to for help.
In Intimate Partner Violence Part 2, pparticipants will use a strength-based model to assist in developing healthy relationships with a survivor in order to develop non-confrontational approaches with them.
At the end of the Intimate Partner Violence Part 2: Creating Opportunities to have Conversation about it workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify strength-based language used to create conversation about intimate partner violence;
- Discuss the process of assessing for intimate partner violence through verbal and non-verbal strategies;
- Practice using motivational interviewing techniques to provide a non-judgmental environment; and
- Practice the use of an abuse assessment screening tool to be infused into your agency/private practice’s system.
Belinda James is a passionate advocate for children, youth and families. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, a Master degree from The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, a Missouri Family Development Credential from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina.
For the past 17 years, Belinda has been facilitating youth leadership programs, sexuality education sessions and parent education workshops as well as staff development training in the areas of mental health 101, communication, customer service, group dynamics, motivational interviewing, the art of de-escalation, and trauma recovery. She has also taught in the field of social work as an adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work.
She is currently the Chief Executive Director of Project DEAMHI, Inc., whose mission is to provide opportunities for discussion, education and awareness of mental health issues. In addition, she counsels women who are homeless, pregnant and may have dual diagnosis issues of mental health and chemical dependency and/or extensive trauma backgrounds.
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