CE Credit Hours: 3.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Violence against intimate partners is a worldwide problem and it is associated with an increased risk of mental illness and distress. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from numerous studies on intimate partner violence (IPV), is to investigate the relationship between domestic violence and mental illness, to analyze the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy (CBGT) for male perpetrators of IPV, and to determine the success of couple therapy in reducing violence in relationships. Associations between the severity of abuse and measures of mental and physical health and quality of life are addressed, as well as an update on current evidence evaluating the efficacy of CBGT on men’s violent behavior toward their female partner. In addition, findings from studies determining if IPV can be significantly reduced through couple therapy are presented.
CE Course Objectives
1. Identify the prevalence, characteristics, and consequences of intimate partner violence, including the impact on individuals and couples.
2. Differentiate between gender-specific therapy and couple therapy to treat victims and perpetrators of IPV.
3. Outline the methods, analysis, results, limitations, and future implications of numerous studies on the ramifications of domestic violence and abuse as well as the effectiveness of various treatment methods to treat IPV.
4. Investigate associations between the severity of abuse and measures of mental/physical health and quality of life.
5. Summarize current evidence pertaining to the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy on men’s violent behavior toward their female partners.
6. Describe how IPV treatment may fail to meet the needs of those experiencing intimate partner violence, such as by neglecting the subset of victims/ perpetrators who wish to remain together.
7. Evaluate the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effectiveness of couple therapy in reducing violence in relationships.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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