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Webinar Description

The problem of Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, or Spousal Abuse, which are all synonymous, is prevalent in society at large.  Many times clinicians will assign a mental health diagnosis to the behavior of either or both the perpetrator and the victim.  Granted,  a given diagnosis can be associated with or have developed from the impact of Domestic Violence.  However, the focus tends to be on the diagnosis while avoiding the issue at hand.  There are characteristics that provide an indication of Domestic Violence just as symptoms indicate a mental health disorder.  Yet, there appears to be a perceived notion that naming the problem of Domestic Violence is thought of as "judging" or "labeling."   

Providing accurate education around the problem, including a universal definition, allowing clinicians to process their thoughts and emotions regarding the issue as well, as providing strategies for addressing Domestic Violence can instill an improved comfort level on the part of the clinician who can then affect increased emotional/physical safety for the client.  



Karen Fireman earned her MSW in 1980. She retired from Cleveland Clinic as Therapist on the Psycho-Oncology Team and in the Department of Functional Medicine. She taught in Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Chaired the Cleveland Clinic committee for Domestic Violence and has presented at national conferences on DV. Currently, Psychotherapist at Achieve Behavioral Health and lead the DBT group.


1.  Participants will define Domestic Violence  5 mimutes

2.  Definition of Domestic Violence according to the literature  5  minutes

3.  What are barriers to our affectively assessing for and addressing Domestic Violence  15 minutes

4.  Understanding our reactions  15 minutes

5.  Developing strategies for assessing and addressing Domestic Violence  15 minutes

6.   Summarize  5 minutes

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define Domestic Violence
  • Participants will be able to identify barriers to addressing Domestic Violence with clients
  • Participants will be able to describe their personal discomfort when addressing Domestic Violence with their clients in order to be able to work on their own countertransference
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an introductory level ,and is beneficial for a beginner level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 1 Hour

This Webinar Offers 1 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
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    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

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