Domestic and Sexual Violence: A Curriculum for Social Workers and Other Healthcare Providers



VIRTUAL SEMINAR | May 6 and 7, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Bridget Mulkerrins, LICSW
CEs: 6 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

This seminar explores the foundations of domestic and sexual violence (DV/SV), including childhood exposure to and experience of such violence. Content includes basic conceptual knowledge about people who use violence, including the patterns of behavior, belief systems and sociocultural supports that help create and perpetuate DV/SV. Participants can also expect to gain an understanding of the dynamics, prevalence and effects of DV/SV on adult and child survivors, including the differential impact based on a survivor’s social location. By the end of this six hour training, participants will also acquire evidence-informed strategies regarding prevention, assessment and intervention.

This seminar meets the requirements for Massachusetts-based health professionals of state regulation Chapter 260 §9 and has been approved by MA Department of Public Health. Chapter 260 §9 requires that to maintain licensure with their respective licensing board, health care providers much have completed have training on domestic and sexual violence approved by MA Department of Public Health. Chapter 260 §9 applies to the following health care providers: social workers (LICSW, LCSW), licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), psychologists (APA), licensed educational psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), physicians (CME), physician assistants (CME), nurses(CME), nursing home administrators (NAB) and licensed rehabilitation counselors (LRC). 

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software and login information is sent shortly after registration. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by March 8, 2021: $130
Regular registration by May 5, 2021: $145

CEs: 6 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $10 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the forms and prevalence of DV/SV. 
  2. Articulate various risk and protective factors. 
  3. Identify the pattern of abusive/victimizing behaviors used to maintain control including minimization and victim blaming. 
  4. Identify and have an understanding of the immediate and long-term effects of domestic violence and sexual violence on survivors, including children who witness such abuse. 
  5. Describe resources available to survivors (including but not limited to hotlines, shelters, support groups, advocacy groups and legal aid) and the local organizations that provide them.

DAY ONE: 3 hours

  • 1 – 1:30 p.m.  ET    Introduction and intentions
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.  ET     Foundation Knowledge about Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m.  ET     People Who Use Violence 
  • 2:30 – 2:40 p.m.  ET         Break   
  • 2:40 – 4:10 p.m.  ET      Dynamics and Prevalence
  • 4:10 – 4:15 p.m.  ET        Wrap Up and Questions

DAY TWO: 3 hours

  • 1 – 1:10 p.m.  ET     Welcome and Recap
  • 1:10 – 1:40 p.m.  ET     Effects of Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • 1:40 – 2:40 p.m.  ET     Assessment 
  • 2:40 – 2:50 p.m.  ET      Break   
  • 2:50 – 4 p.m.  ET       Intervention
  • 4 – 4:15 p.m.  ET       Wrap Up and Questions  

About the Instructor:

Bridget Mulkerrins is a consultant, trainer and clinician specializing in domestic and sexual violence, with expertise in childhood trauma. For more than a decade, Mulkerrins worked for a local domestic violence organization, most recently as the children’s program director. Mulkerrins has presented internationally on domestic violence and children, and was a professional fellow in a cross-cultural program studying peace and conflict, a collaboration of Smith College, the Institute for Training & Development and the U.S. State Department.  

Completion Requirements for Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. 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 evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

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 6 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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