Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

Clinicians face difficult decisions about treatment when couples report intimate partner violence (IPV). How do they know when conjoint treatment is a reasonable course of action? What safeguards need to be in place to work with such couples? The presenter will identify best practices regarding couple’s therapy with those who have experienced IPV. The presentation is based on Dr. Stith’s book, “Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions” published by APA. The presentation addresses important questions about conjoint therapy and domestic violence and is an essential presentation for those providing domestic violence treatment services. Original webcast date: Feb. 20, 2015.

Learning Objective 1
Discuss assessment protocol for conjoint treatment of IPV.

Learning Objective 2
Identify components of the initial six week psycho-educational program in the conjoint treatment of IPV.

Learning Objective 3
Explain how to modify couples therapy, using a solution-focused framework to increase couple safety and manage risk.

Presenter: Sandra M. Stith PhD, LCMFT

Dr. Stith is a university distinguished professor and director of the family therapy program at Kansas State University. Her research focuses on partner violence. In 2011, APA published her book, Couples Treatment for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions, describing a treatment program developed with NIMH funding. In 2004, Dr. Stith received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award and in 2007; she received the American Family Therapy Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award. In 2013, she was named a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.

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