Nov 9 – Domestic Violence


A Clinicians Guide to Working with Domestic Violence in the 21st Century



Workshop Information

Date: Friday, Nov 9, 2018 – Sign-In: 8:30am Workshop Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location:  MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost:  $115 Early Registration through Nov 2, $129 after Nov 2

$100 Group Registration

Presenters: Vivian Levi

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

 Vivian Levi is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, who has been the Director of the Betty Ann Krahnke Center since 2012. She also has a part-time private practice in Rockville. Vivian has worked primarily providing direct treatment to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. At the shelter, she has focused on adapting to a trauma-informed care model of service. In her private practice, she sees a variety of clients focusing primarily on adults and couples. Previously, she worked as a supervisor at the Abused Persons Program in Montgomery County for 12 years. Her career started as a Clinical Coordinator at the Family Crisis Center in Prince George’s County where she worked for 10 years. Since 2001 she has trained a variety of law enforcement officers, social workers, and health and human services providers. She attended the American College of Greece as an undergraduate and transferred to the University of Haifa, Israel to earn a combined psychology/sociology degree. She obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University with a concentration in Adlerian and Family Counseling. Vivian has served at the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) Board for 7 years and has participated in numerous committees such the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), Safety Planning, and DV Services Standards.


Workshop Description

What are some of your uncertainties when it comes to working with domestic violence survivors? Are you concerned about developing an effective safety plan? Do you worry about your own safety when working with them? Even the most experienced clinicians can sometimes feel unsure how to approach such fragile topics. This highly interactive workshop will help you cultivate effective and informed treatment skills for working with domestic abuse survivors. Each learning objective will include either an activity or a lively discussion to enhance the learning experience.

While exploring the various elements of becoming skilled domestic violence clinicians, you will start seeing patterns that you may not have previously realized were related to abuse. Tali and Vivian will introduce participants to subtle nuances, behavioral patterns, common pitfalls, and effective treatment techniques that can help them become better equipped to support the many survivors of abuse, some of whom will not even identify as survivors. They will help participants understand how traumatic experiences shape survivor’s understanding of the world, and learn how to navigate triggers, and how to manage the fight, flight or freeze response by understanding and preparation.

Workshop Objectives

1.  Learning about domestic abuse definitions, myths, and statistics

2. Understanding the Cycle of Abuse and “Battered Person Syndrome”

3. Identifying power & control versus equality in relationships

4. Discovering various types of emotional abuse, including gaslighting and stalking

5. Discussing the connection between abuse, mental health, and common diagnoses

6. Understanding the impact on and prognosis of children who witness partner abuse

7. Understanding the mind of the abuser

8. Learning about effective treatment, physical and emotional safety, and cultural issues

9. Familiarizing with resources and the referral process

Workshop Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **