2020 Domestic Violence Annual Update 4-hour Training

alt Course: 2020 Domestic Violence Annual Update 4-hour Training

alt Instructor: Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D.

alt Approved for 4.0 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

alt This course is designed for Full and Part-Time Private Practitioners, and Full and Part-Time Agency Employees

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video


Matthew Sullivan


This annual update course satisfies the requirements for the California Rules of Court for four (4) hours toward initial 40 hours Evaluator training, and four (4) hours of annual update training. The course is divided into six (6) Modules, with a separate review of Affluent Domestic Violence.

Module 1 is an introduction to the evaluation of Domestic Violence (also referred, throughout as Intimate Partner Violence- IPV), with a focus on the well-being of Children and Parents, using an informed, fair and accountable process. The AFCC Guidelines (2016) for examining standards of practice are discussed in terms of differentiating High-Conflict, Control, and Coercive Control.

Module 2 covers the elements and guiding principles of an effective ongoing screening process and lethality indicators such as access to firearms, threats/capacity to kill. IVP behaviors are detailed and discussed and domains on how IPV can manifest.

Module 3 looks at the systemic approach of evaluating IPV and AFCC Guideline 5: Mitigation of Bias. Inductive approach, Deductive approach, Synthetization of information. The Safer Battered Women’s Justice Project (2016) is discussed.

Module 4 covers Guidelines for Gathering Information and the employment of a rigorous multi-method and multisource protocol that anticipates challenges associated with investigating and effects of IPV on children, parents and co-parenting. Identification of the challenges faced by the custody evaluator are addressed.

Module 5 AFCC Guideline 12 is discussed – the synthesizing and analysis of the IPV information collected to obtain a full understanding of the events and circumstances about the nature of aggression, the frequency, severity, and various risk factor for future violence.

Module 6 discusses how to link IPV with parenting recommendations in the context of parenting access, decision making, interventions prioritized safety and security of children and parents. Specific intervention and treatment resources to support the family are highlighted.

Part II: Affluent Domestic Violence – Characteristics of sophisticated abusers, understanding affluent victims, perpetrator-victim dynamics, and interventions are reviewed.


Course Goal and Objectives

  • Describe the definition & principles of IPV
  • Explain the concept of screening for IPV
  • Recognize the limitations of information gathering.
  • Describe how to synthesize & analyze gathered IPV data
  • Determine how they can link the data gathered with the parenting recommendations made
  • Recognize the unique qualities in assessing IPV in affluent families


Registration Information

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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 5.0 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.This course meets the qualifications for 4.0 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • The course outline or agenda for this training has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(3)(6)(7)(9)(10)(12)-(15)(17)(18)(20)(21) The views expressed in this training are those of the trainers and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California. 


Your access to the course material extends for 3-years from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.

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