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Domestic Violence Training for Mental Health Professionals - Modules 3 & 4

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Join us on May 6th, 2019 for Modules 3 & 4 of our 12-hour Mental Health Curriculum, presented by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and Family Violence Project, the local Domestic Violence Resource Center serving Somerset & Kennebec Counties. Please read this event description completely before registering.

There are two ticket options for this event: Ticket Type 1- FREE TICKET, and Ticket Type 2 - Optional Donation. Please only select one type of ticket, if you select both Ticket Type 1 & 2 you will receive two tickets for the event.

Donations are optional, and all donations go to offset the cost of the training, however donations are NOT tax deductable. If you do not wish to donate, please select Ticket type 1-FREE TICKET. If you have any trouble or accidentally made a donation when trying to secure your ticket, please email amy@mcedv.org.

About the Curriculum:

This 12-hour curriculum was developed collaboratively by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and partners in the mental health field in order to meet the 2020 domestic violence training requirements for Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (see L.D. 1238, 126th Legis. 2013). The four three-hour modules include information that will help mental health professionals be prepared to work with people who have experienced and perpetrated domestic abuse and violence.

On May 6th, we will cover the last two of four modules:

Module 3 - Domestic Abuse: Intervention Strategies (3 hours)

Outline:

  • Considerations for working with batterers including an evaluation of the effectiveness of Batterer Intervention Programs, Anger Management Programs, individual counseling for Batterers, and couples counseling.

  • Exploration of the Duty to Warn and how it applies when working with batterers.

  • Case example analyzing how systems and workers might collude with batterers, examples of how to hold batterer clients accountable instead of colluding.

  • Discussion of the role of the mental health professional in contrast to the role of the advocate.

  • Screening - what, when, how (both written and verbal, at every intake, when relationship changes, etc.).

  • Explanation of ways to connect survivors with domestic violence advocacy services.

  • What counselors need to know about safety planning.

  • How to document domestic abuse in a trauma-informed way using accountable language.

  • Fishbowl demonstration of what happens when a provider calls the helpline.

  • Introduction to evidence-based risk assessment tools in use in Maine, including an overview of their purpose and audience, and the difference between risk analysis and risk assessment.



Module 4 - Domestic Abuse: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Competent Responses (3 hours)

Outline:

  • A closer look at how those in the mental health field might unintentionally cause sanctuary harm in their work with LGBTQIA+ folks.

  • Trauma is not “post” for DV survivors—what does an intervention look like in the context of ongoing danger? How can we employ an ecological analysis of trauma in our work with survivors? What impact does collective/historical trauma have on DV survivors?

  • Activities/techniques that can help ground survivors and manage the trauma.

  • Exploration of ways in which trauma impacts survivors’ ability to reach out for help.

  • Exploration of ways that survivors cope with the abuse, including attempts to stop it, to manage the impact, and to escape it.

  • Case example activity with a focus on trauma-informed practice.

  • Special considerations for responding to the abuse of elders, differently-abled individuals, teens, and children, including information on trauma-informed, survivor-centered approaches to mandated reporting.

  • Exploration of ways in which professionals’ own trauma histories may impact their own work, and suggestions for how to manage this inevitable experience.

  • Discussion of the importance of an anti-oppression framework for our work with survivors at both the system and individual levels.

  • Information about culturally-specific resources in Maine and using an interpreter.

  • Role that faith/spirituality can play for survivors, including faith-based domestic violence resources.

  • Overview of trauma-focused interventions in use with DV survivors.


Agenda for the Day:

  • 8:30 am Registration
  • 8:45 am Module 3
  • 10:15 am Morning Break
  • 10:30 am Module 3, continued
  • 12:00 pm Lunch - Attendees on their own
  • 1:15 pm Module 4
  • 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
  • 3:00 pm Module 4, continued
  • 4:30 pm Closing


About the Presenters:

Regina Rooney is the Education & Communications Director for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, where she has worked to bring prevention and awareness strategies to stakeholders throughout Maine since 2014. Her work includes collaborating with and providing training for employers, health care workers, educators, advocates and the general community, with a focus on changing the social conditions that allow abuse to go unchecked and perpetrators to remain invisible. She holds a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Women's Studies from the University of Maine, and her professional background includes work in teaching, resource development and nonprofit community outreach. She came to the domestic violence movement in 2008, when she began volunteering on the helpline at her local domestic violence resource center. Her pronouns are she/her/hers.

Michelle LeClair has been an Advocate at the Family Violence Project, the local Domestic Violence Resource Center serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties, for 6 years. She spent 4 years working in the shelter with survivors fleeing abusive partners, supporting them with securing and maintaining housing and rebuilding their community connections. She has spent the last two years working as an educator, sharing what she learned from survivors about the complexities of domestic violence with community members and systems so they can better support those experiencing abuse at the hands of their partners. Before being an advocate, Michelle got her degree in Biology from the University of Maine and worked in Portland, Oregon in homeless services as well as around the country while in AmeriCorps*NCCC.


Cost:

Admission is free. An optional donation of $80 to help support our work, would be greatly appreciated. There are two types of tickets, if you do not wish to donate, please select the FREE TICKET not the Optional Donation Ticket.


Important Information About our Training Location:

The Bangor Savings Bank has generously allowed us to use their training facility. In return, they ask that our attendees *NOT* park in the parking spaces directly in front of the bank. A valid disability placard must be displayed to utilize handicapped parking spaces. Otherwise, please use the parking spaces in the adjoining general parking lot, near Goodwill/Starbucks/5 Guys/Men’s Wearhouse.

Tobacco, e-cigs, vapor products, chewing tobacco etc. are prohibited on Bangor Savings Bank property.

Lunch will NOT be provided. Participants will receive an hour and fifteen minute lunch break in between the two modules.


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