Abusive and Controlling Men as Fathers

CEUs: 5

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This interesting yet disturbing course will cover everything therapists and child welfare workers need to know related to domestic violence in the family, from the points of view of the victim, who is trapped, the batterer, who feels justified, and the children, who suffer tremendously.

This course is written by award-winning domestic violence instructors Matt and Susan McMillan. Matt is a former police officer, prosecutor, and judge, and Susan is a licensed mental health counselor and jury trial consultant. They are founders of the first certified batterers intervention program in Florida and are considered pioneers in the field.

Students of this course will come away with a newfound understanding about the myths and realities of domestic violence, the impact on children created by the trauma of exposure, and solutions for healing the wounded family.

Although you may not wish to continue to see clients with these issues, when you finish this course, you will know what to look for, what to do, and what not to do when confronting these issues. You will also know where to refer clients and when to make those referrals as well as understanding the dynamics of these turbulent relationships from multiple angles. (5 CEU hours)

Course Description

This interesting yet disturbing course will cover everything therapists and child welfare workers need to know related to domestic violence in the family, from the points of view of the victim, who is trapped, the batterer, who feels justified, and the children, who suffer tremendously.

This course is written by award-winning domestic violence instructors Matt and Susan McMillan. Matt is a former police officer, prosecutor, and judge, and Susan is a licensed mental health counselor and jury trial consultant. They are founders of the first certified batterers intervention program in Florida and are considered pioneers in the field.

Students of this course will come away with a newfound understanding about the myths and realities of domestic violence, the impact on children created by the trauma of exposure, and solutions for healing the wounded family.

Although you may not wish to continue to see clients with these issues, when you finish this course, you will know what to look for, what to do, and what not to do when confronting these issues. You will also know where to refer clients and when to make those referrals as well as understanding the dynamics of these turbulent relationships from multiple angles. (5 CEU hours)

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, therapists will be able to:

  • Identify risks to children who live with abusive fathers.
  • Identify specific action batterers take that harm children.
  • Understand the impact of domestic violence on children.
  • Understand the necessary context for children’s recovery from exposure to battering behavior.
  • Identify the five critical components for a best practice approach for child welfare advocates and investigators.
  • Know how to build a partnership with the non-offending parent.
  • Document for legal sufficiency.
  • Have a menu of expectations for batterers who are willing to change.
  • Be familiar with a curriculum for abusive/controlling men who are parents.*
  • Assess change in batterers.

Student Reviews

“The course is awesome; this is my area of concentration, and all of the material is super relevant to helping victims and putting a stop to abuse.”


~ Laurel Waggoner, LMHC, LCSW, Hillsborough County, FL


“This course was very detail-oriented and helps to outline depth needed toward change. Great resource in content and handouts for working with perpetrators.”


~ Lisa Love, LCSW CBIS, Sarasota County, FL


“The course is very effective and well presented.”


~ Barbara Garcia, FL- Broward County, FL


“Thanks for yet another terrific course!”


~ Jacqueline McCollum-Bridges, Lake County, FL


“As usual your course was well researched.”


~ Claire Quigley, Palm Beach County, FL


“Always great. Informative and not boring.”


~ Vanessa Gray, Palm Beach County, FL


“You guys are great! I appreciate the level of personal exerience and connection you provide. It is nice to have a live person to speak to and learn from.”


~ Sandra Caserta, Columbia County, FL


“I liked this course best because it felt more like an exploration of personal experiences instead of a lecture on proper treatment.”


~ Mithran Cabot, Polk County, MA


“This course was very well prepared and written. It flowed nicely and was easy to read ~ very enjoyable for a very difficult topic”


~ Doug Shine, Saint Johns County, FL


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