This course will give you the basics of domestic violence as well as a thorough and comprehensive look at it from several angles. This course is written by award-winning 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. Students will come away with a newfound understanding regarding the myths and realities of domestic violence and how it affects us all.
Domestic violence is so pervasive that there is one simple truth as a mental health counselor that you MUST know: You must have a thorough working knowledge of domestic violence if you intend to be a competent professional. Whether you primarily see adults, children, the elderly, singles, or couples, domestic violence affects them all. And even substance abuse professionals must know about domestic violence.
It is clear that, regardless of your practice situation, you will confront the issues of domestic violence, whether you recognize it or not. And if you do not recognize it, you may be setting yourself up for a malpractice claim or a complaint with the Board. It is unethical and malpractice not to develop some expertise in this area.
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. You will also know where to refer clients and when as well as the dynamics of these turbulent relationships.