When Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Intersect: Building Skills to Engage and Protect (261)
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
DESCRIPTION : The odds are high that on any average workday a Child Protective Services worker will encounter a family where child maltreatment and adult domestic violence intersect. Research estimates that in 30 to 60 % of families where either form of abuse is identified, it is likely that both exist. This intersection heightens the challenges in accurately assessing danger, building relationships with family members, and minimizing the risk of harm to children and adult victims.
Most workers are familiar with the basic outline of domestic violence dynamics and tactics. This two-day course provides an opportunity to dig deeper into the complex overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence, identify and practice strategies for responding safely when the issues co-occur, explore ways of protecting children by protecting the non-abusing parent, and better prepare child welfare professionals to safely engage with each family member when there is the ongoing intimidation, coercion, and violence that characterize most domestic violence. The course emphasizes case scenarios and interactive exercises as ways to explore the issues and enhance skills. It prepares workers to access resources and tools such as the recently released Domestic Violence Handbook for Wisconsin Child Protective Services Workers.
TARGET AUDIENCE: The training is intended for child protective services staff and other child welfare professionals. CPS participants may also want to invite representatives from community partners they have been working with, such as domestic violence advocacy organizations or public health agencies.
- Foster Parents
Intertribal Child Welfare Training Partnership - Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development - Southern Partnership - Western Wisconsin Partnership - Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System - Behavioral Health Training Partnership - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
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