Shifting the Focus: Safety Planning with Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse During COVID-19



ONLINE COURSE | Instructor: Catherine Hodes, M.S.W., LICSW
CEs: 1.5 | Level: Intermediate

Date of original webinar: June 25, 2020, noon - 1:30 p.m. ET

This online course will explore the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders for survivors of partner abuse, their families, communities and the advocates who serve them. Safety from abuse is most often conceptualized as separation from an abuser, but with shut downs and physical distancing orders in place, movement is restricted and access to familiar institutional resources, such as emergency shelter space, courts and restraining orders is limited. Under these circumstances, COVID-19 has caused a shift in focus to consideration of other, less mainstream options for safety. This creates an opportunity that centers the needs of diverse survivors, re-imagines the role of advocates and communities, brings vital resources into sharper focus and re-visits what it means to be empowered towards safety and autonomy. These opportunities may serve us well in understanding and crafting safe options for survivors, even beyond this current moment. 

Target Audience:

Social workers and other social service providers 

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify safety planning measures beyond those already institutionalized in the field. 
  2. Define the role of advocates, communities and survivors in planning for safety.
  3. Describe how to engage in discussion about safety planning with survivors and families.

Instructor Biography:

Catherine Hodes, M.S.W., LICSW is currently the director of Community Programs at Safe Passage in Northampton, MA, where she oversees the provision of services, including crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, and advocacy for diverse survivors of partner abuse. Hodes was the director of the Safe Homes Project in Brooklyn, NY from 1994-2017. She has also been an instructor and faculty field advisor at New York University and Smith College Schools of Social Work, and served as the director of Survivor Supports at Hampshire College.

Completion Requirements for Recorded webinars and online courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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