- May 4, 2013
- 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
- California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, Room 207, San Francisco, CA 94103
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
Allan Creighton is the social justice/violence prevention health educator and lecturer in public health at University of California, Berkeley and president of the board of the Family Violence Law Center. He has conducted classes, workshops, batterers' intervention programs and local, state and national trainings since 1979 on multicultural approaches to preventing intimate partner violence..
Saturday and Sunday
9:00am - 5:30pm
CIIS Main Building