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Domestic Violence Focused Couples Treatment

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Length: 50 minutes

Session offered by Division 12.

This seminar will offer participants an overview of the latest version of an 18-week manualized treatment model developed for working with couples who choose to stay together after mild to moderate domestic violence has occurred. The treatment program, Domestic Violence Focused Couples Treatment (DVFCT) is offered to single couples and multi-couple groups and is based on a solution-focused framework. The model was developed with NIMH funding and has preliminary evidence of efficacy.

The presenters will review the content of the 6-week gender-specific treatment which precedes the 12-week conjoint treatment, focusing on ways the program has been expanded to include aspects of mindfulness and motivational interviewing regarding substance abuse to the previously developed model. Outcome data from research on this model will be reviewed. The presenters will also review best-practices for addressing intimate partner violence, regardless of the treatment model used. Included in this discussion will be a focus on careful screening and strategies for enhancing safety. Examples of clinical work will be presented throughout the presentation.

Learning Objective 1
Describe the basic content and process of Domestic Violence Focused Couples Treatment Program (DVFCT).

Learning Objective 2
Describe a process of assessing for intimate partner violence in couples.

Presenters: Eric E. McCollum, PhD, MSW; Sandra M. Stith, PhD


Supplementary Materials

  • Stith.McCollum.Domestic Violence Final
  • stith.mccollum.REFERENCES