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Spousal/Partner Abuse – 7 hour Comprehensive Course

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Course Description:

The first part of this course covers intimate partner abuse and relationship violence in heterosexual and homosexual couples.  It provides an overview of abusive relationships by describing characteristic behaviors and dynamics. The material outlines the risk factors, vulnerability markers, and consequences associated with intimate partner violence.  The course also describes treatment and prevention methods for abusive relationships.  Additional information is provided on the legal, ethical, and forensic issues related to relationship violence. 


The next part of this course gives the reader an understanding of factors that are associated with an increased risk of being a victim of physical and or sexual assault. Evidence of what factors matter in predicting future victimization is outlined in detail. This course also provides the reader with research data on the factors that contribute to being a perpetrator of violence against women. The course then includes a publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) that focuses on violence against women from a global and cultural perspective.  It provides an overview of intimate partner violence by describing characteristic behaviors, dynamics, and response patterns. Intrapersonal, interpersonal, and societal risk factors and consequences associated with intimate partner violence are outlined.  Additional information is provided on the research challenges related to measuring violence and the prevalence of intimate partner violence in different countries.  The course concludes with information for safety planning and incidence and community resources specific to the state of California. 

This course is based on multiple documents that together provide a comprehensive picture of spousal and partner abuse.  The course covers assessment, detection and intervention strategies for spousal and partner abuse.  It also includes community resources, cultural factors, and same-gender abuse dynamics. 


Psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can benefit from this course. This course may also be helpful for other practitioners, such as midwives and dieticians and nutritionists who may work with clients who are at risk for spousal/partner abuse.  This course is appropriate for beginning, and intermediate level practitioners who wish to develop their clinical skills in the areas of assessment, prevention, and treatment of spousal and partner abuse.


This 7 hour course on spousal/partner abuse is specifically designed to meet the initial licensure requirements for social workers, marriage and family therapists, educational psychologists and others in the state of California.


Authors: The American Psychological Association (APA); National Institute of Justice (NIJ); and World Health Organization (WHO)


Learning Objectives:  This course will provide a professional with an overview of spousal/partner abuse.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe relationship abuse and violence in terms of partner dynamics and behaviors.
  • Identify the incidence and prevalence associated with abusive and violent relationships.
  • Identify methods for preventing relationship abuse and violence.
  • Describe interventions for treating relationship abuse and domestic violence.
  • Identify the risk factors and consequences associated with abusive and violent relationships.
  • Recognize effective methods for safety planning for domestic violence victims. 


Citations:  American Psychological Association (2002). Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence.;  National Institute of Justice (2004). Violence Against Women: Identifying Risk Factors. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Washington D.C. ;  World Health Organization (2008). Violence by Intimate Partners, Chapter 4 found on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD and committee in 2020 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here

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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Ce-Classes.com, Provider #1142, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 1/5/2020-1/5/2023
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 7 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit.

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2021.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 211
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
  • New York Social Work Board – Ce-Classes.com 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-0120.

  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2022 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2022.

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