July 12, 2016

Registration Now Open for Professional Domestic Violence Training at Holy Family Hospital

Registration is now open for Intimate Partner Abuse Certification, three days of training offered by The Family Safety Project at Holy Family Hospital for professionals concerned about domestic violence and men who batter.  
Holy Family Hospital’s Family Safety Project is a certified Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to supervise and train agencies and individuals who work with abusive men. Holy Family Hospital’s Family Safety Project currently conducts up to twelve weekly groups in three different locations, including Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell.
Past participants have included probation officers, protective service workers, police officers, nurses, social workers, corrections staff, mental health counselors, and substance abuse counselors. 
Participants will be taught intervention strategies, philosophies, and approaches consistent with the Duluth Model that meet the Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program Certification requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and meets all Department of Public Health revised standards and requirements for group facilitator training. 
The agenda will cover a wide range of topics crucial to effective work with violent and abusive men, including a review of the Department of Public Health’s Standards for Intimate Partner Abuse Education Programs; the role of facilitators and co-facilitators; guidelines for partner contacts; intake assessment procedures; program design (power and control paradigm); legal, philosophical, theoretical, and ethical issues; a review of the new Massachusetts Domestic Violence Law; explanation of orientation and ongoing groups; and review of risk assessment and management strategies.
The all-day trainings will be on three consecutive Fridays from September 30 to October 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Holy Family Hospital’s Haverhill Campus, located at 140 Lincoln Avenue in Haverhill, MA. The training offers 21.5 Category 1 CEUs for social workers and licensed mental health counselors (pending approval).
Not everyone who participates in this training will go on to work with abusive men, but this training, along with six group observations, is a pre-requisite to work in a certified program.
The cost of the training is $250.00 for the first person from an agency, and $200.00 for each additional person from that agency.  
Seating is limited so please register early to secure your spot. 
To register please make checks payable to Holy Family Hospital and mail them to Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen, MA 01844 to the attention of Michele Penta and The Family
Safety Project.
For more information please call Michele Penta at (978) 989-0607 ext.12.