• Children, Families and the Law

    The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law (CECFL) recognizes the life-changing decisions that are made when children and families come before Courts.

Course in Intimate Partner Violence

Instructors;  Robin Deutsch, PhD and Leslie Drozd, PhD

Professionals who work with children and families who are involved with the legal system encounter allegations of intimate personal violence in multiple settings. In fact, in Probate and Family court it is estimated that 50% of contested custody cases include allegations of intimate personal violence. There is no comprehensive course available. This course will be available to professionals with demanding work schedules and the postdoctoral fellows of the Child and Adolescent Evaluation Service (CAFES). This blended learning course will expose participants to emerging research in interpersonal violence and best practices using available guidelines and standards for evaluation of IPV.

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to identify definitions of interpersonal  violence 
  2. Identify the impact of intimate partner  violence on children and alleged victim and perpetrator
  3. Demonstrate the components of an evaluation of IPV
  4. Identify problems and strategies for assessing risk
  5. Recognize different outcomes for different types of violence
  6. Identify risks for different categories or types of violence. 
  7. Apply a systematic approach to providing a sound evidence-based report and opinion
  8. Identify conflicting priorities for families where IPV is present
  9. Examine interventions for families when IPV is present 
  10. Identify ethical issues inherent in evaluations and testimony

Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare and protection professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in mental health, law, or human services, certification or licensure in mental health, law, mediation, and experience working with high conflict families. Participants may take this course alone, or choose to take four courses to receive a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work as GALs, evaluators, or parenting coordinators. Current courses include:  divorce custody evaluation, interpersonal violence,  child maltreatment, juvenile justice, and parenting coordination. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.

Register for 28 Continuing Education credits here.