Domestic Violence: Treatment Strategies to Stop the Cycle and Heal the Pain by Joan Benz
Clients who are victims of domestic abuse may not be seeing you because they want to escape their abusive home or need treatment for PTSD or trauma. A client who has or is experiencing abuse may be coming to see you for marital issues, anxiety, depression or any other common symptom never revealing the underlying abuse and violence. It will be up to you to uncover their secrets and identify red flags.
How can you deliver truly effective treatment for victims of domestic violence (DV) if you never know they are in a violent relationship?
As a survivor of domestic violence and therapist for over twelve years, I can show you effective, evidence-based treatment strategies for victims of domestic violence. We will discuss strategies to help you identify red flags, get your client to open up about their abuse and develop a safety plan to help them escape their violent home.
We will also explore various therapeutic methods to help your client cope with PTSD, trauma, anxiety and other common issues. Additionally, we will discuss how to treat children who have been exposed to domestic violence and how to help them as adults.
You will never know what goes on at home when your client leaves your office. It is vital to your practice that you know how to recognize red flags and understand strategies that work to help victims of domestic violence.
Foundations of Domestic Violence (DV)
- Typology of the perpetrator
- Power and manipulation
- Control tactics used by perpetrator
- Substance abuse and domestic violence
- Psychological, emotional, sexual and financial abuse
Assessment & Techniques to Help DV Victims Share their Story
- Red flags to assess whether violence is occurring or is likely to occur
- Victim perspective vs. what society assumes
- 9 things not to say to victims
- Key concepts to know when working with victims
- Pressure by others feels like abuse
- Rational solutions vs. irrational situations
- Victim must give up the dream before they can leave
- Victim’s survival instinct to keep abuser happy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Strength-based perspective
- Rapport building techniques
- Strategies to help a victim leave a violent relationship
- Safety planning
Evidence-Based Treatment Interventions
- Assess for PTSD, anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues
- Trauma-focused CBT
- Narrative therapy
- Anxiety ladder
- Strategies to control unhealthy thoughts
- Guided Imagery
- Relaxation skills
- Mastery over thoughts
- Strategies for processing the guilt of leaving
- Poetry/song writing
- Transition from being a victim to a survivor
Treating Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
- Common effects: PTSD, anxiety, attachment, distrust, dissociative, behavior issues, anger, guilt
- Long-term effects from childhood that affect adult relationships
- Social learning theory and how it applies to DV
- Will girls become victims and boys perpetrators?
- Use TF-CBT with children to reduce PTSD
- Strategies to help process anger toward both the victim and abuser
- Case studies and real life examples from adults who witnessed DV as children
Prevention and Education
- Micro and macro approaches to stopping the violence
- Socialization theory
- Raising our children with less focus on gender roles
- Ask the right questions
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