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Spousal Abuse Assessment with Michael Carolla

February  1 - 2, 2014
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


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Spousal Abuse Assessment with Michael Carolla

Working with potential survivors and/or abusers at risk for intimate partner violence brings particular challenges to therapists and counselors; the challenges multiply with the need to appropriately serve clients across lines of gender, race, culture, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender expression and other differences. Therapists' own previous witnessing - or experiences - of abuse, as well as the cross-cultural barriers touched on above, are factors to consider in working with clients.

This highly interactive course engages participants in a facilitated group process to address and understand definitions and signs of IPV, the dynamics of IPV from an interpersonal, family, community and multicultural perspective, personal experiences of witness of and resistance to abuse, cross-cultural barriers, first steps and longer-term interventions in work with survivors and/or agents, and available culturally-specific community and national resources for both clients and therapists/counselors. Participants will have several opportunities, at several junctures of the course, to safely examine their own experiences in these areas, as a necessary preparation for effective interventions with clients. The course format includes lecture, discussion, group exercises, visualizations, small-group work, role-playing, problem-solving and other activities. In closing segments participants will practice strategies they've learned for assessment, detection and treatment of the abuser and the survivor of IPV


Mike Carolla is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and is executive director of Touchstone Counseling Services in Pleasant Hill, CA. He has served as president of the California Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. He has over 18 years experience in the mental health and mediation field as a therapist, teacher, and author of several articles.

He specializes in co-parenting mediation, post divorce parent/child mediation, divorce coaching, special master. He has also been the director of the Domestic Violence and Anger management treatment programs for almost 20 years. He has published several articles on Domestic Violence counseling, couples work when there has been past issues of DV, as well as family mediation and co-parenting counseling where accusations of abuse are at issue. He most recently developed the "Families in Transition" family therapy services at Touchstone Counseling. FIT is an integrated family counseling and mediation program for high conflict families going through the divorce process.


Saturday and Sunday
February 1-2
9:00am - 5:30pm
CIIS Main Building
Room 565

California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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