Intimate Partner Violence: A Clinical Training Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Intimate Partner Violence: A Clinical Training Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Intimate Partner Violence: A Clinical Training Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Intimate Partner Violence: A Clinical Training Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Synopsis

"This training manual synthesizes the clinical and research literature on victims, offenders, and child witnesses, and uses the empirical evidence to provide generalist clinicians with manageable, concrete guidance for providing care in these cases. Each chapter begins with a summary of the issues to be covered and an outline of the specific topics to be discussed, and ends with a recap and list of questions for practitioners in training. The authors offer expertise in forensic psychology, victimization, and substance abuse; they discuss the clinical, legal, and ethical complexities that violence against women brings to the mental health practice environment." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This clinical training companion is written with a generalist mental health professional in mind. We draw together research from diverse sources and offer practical applications of those findings in the light of key public policies and legal issues. Although no single book can offer a definitive statement on how to assess and treat intimate partner violence problems, this manual has the goal of putting the complexities into a manageable and empirically justified clinical practice. We attempt to draw clinicians' practices into closer agreement with the consensus of existing research and policy literatures. We also discuss diverse research findings and legal resources with the purpose of improving clinicians' competence and confidence in treating clients for whom intimate partner violence is an issue.

Common pitfalls faced by mental health
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Research over the past 2 decades has improved our understanding of how intimate partner violence affects mental health for both victims and offenders. in fact, the associations between violence, mental health, and substance abuse have been shown to be very complex. Mental health problems can increase the risk of violence among offenders and can contribute to greater risk for victims as well. in addition, substance abuse has complex associations with both offender patterns and victimization. the extent of research can be overwhelming and confusing to clinicians who are providing mental health or substance abuse treatment services. in spite of the wealth . . .

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