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Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence: The Complete Guide to Identification, Documentation, Reporting and Trauma-Informed Responses

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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT
6 Hours 18 Minutes
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Mar 25, 2021
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All clinicians are likely to encounter Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence at some point in their practice. And if you fail to recognize the abuse and properly respond, the consequences can be dire.

But abuse can be difficult to detect when the physical signs of violence fade. And now more than ever, you’re conducting video sessions, giving you a unique glimpse into clients homes and potential abuse. It’s a complicated situation that can leave you caught between confidentiality, autonomy, and your wider responsibilities to protect victims.

What clinical decisions should you make to balance supporting your client while adhering to your licensure requirements?

Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW has provided behavioural health counselling, crisis intervention and support to families and individuals facing domestic violence and abuse for over a decade.

Watch her in this one-day training that will serve as an indispensable guide for improving outcomes for those impacted by domestic and intimate partner violence. Not only will she answer your most pressing questions, you’ll walk away with:

  • Screening tools to assess for safety, risk and lethality
  • Checklists and advocacy resources
  • Documentation and confidentiality strategies
  • Guidance on crisis intervention and safety planning
  • Culturally competent responses to abuse
  • Trauma-informed interventions for clients exposed to domestic violence
  • Tips for handling complex domestic violence situations created by COVID-19 and video sessions

Plus, Katelyn will share 3 powerful techniques to help you manage the burnout and compassion fatigue that can weigh you down when working with these emotionally draining cases!

Whether you’re a social worker, counsellor, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, nurse, or anyone in the helping professions, this is one program you can’t afford to miss.

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This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, C-DBT, is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in dialectical behavior therapy (C-DBT) through Evergreen Certifications Institute and is certified in EMDR. She works in private practice where her areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.

Her DBT training is one of PESI’s most in-demand programs attended by tens of thousands of clinicians worldwide. Ms. Baxter-Musser incorporates DBT into her practice in working with adolescents and adults presenting with a variety of concerns. Her years of experience using DBT principles in her practice have helped her clients to develop healthier coping skills, better process their past traumas, and increase their ability to identify and cope with destructive emotions.

Ms. Baxter-Musser is also an EMDRIA-approved consultant who previously sat on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and was the co-regional coordinator for the EMDRIA Southern Maine Regional Network. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is the owner, operator, trainer of Inner Awakening Counseling & Consulting. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser is a member of EMDRIA, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


PESI and Katelyn Baxter-Musser are not affiliated or associated with Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, or her organizations.


  1. Employ screening techniques to identify the signs of domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) in clients.  
  2. Investigate how evidence-based screenings and assessments can help clinicians determine level of risk and lethality so they can intervene in crisis situations.  
  3. Analyze ways in which clinicians can ensure proper reporting and documentation when working with clients facing violence in their relationships or homes.  
  4. Evaluate the types of domestic abuse including physical violence, sexual violence, threats and intimidation.   
  5. Justify how an understanding of cultural factors can help clinicians to ensure a competent response to abuse.  
  6. Develop safety plans with clients to help them leave an abusive or violent home. 
  7. Utilize trauma-informed treatment techniques for survivors of abuse, violence and oppression.  


Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence 101

  • Myths about domestic and intimate partner violence
  • Defining Abuse: Types of domestic violence
  • Who is at risk?
  • Warning signs and symptoms
  • Substance abuse and domestic violence
  • Abuse in the LGBTQ Community
  • COVID-19 and impact on DV/IPV

Recognize the Red Flags of Violence: What All Clinicians Need to Know

  • Screening and assessment techniques
  • Identify immediate danger
  • Tools to assess for safety, risk and lethality
  • Checklists and advocacy resources
  • Technology and domestic/intimate partner violence

Reporting Requirements and Documentation Guidelines

  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Who is required to report and when?
  • Standards for making a report
  • Domestic violence hotlines
  • Proper documentation and confidentiality strategies

The Next Steps: Crisis Intervention & Safety Planning

  • Barriers to leaving
  • Safety plans while living with abusive partners
  • Safety planning for children
  • Emotional safety planning
  • Plans for leaving and after leaving
  • Restraining orders/protective orders

Culturally Competent Responses to Abuse

  • Recognizing your own biases
  • How survivors interpret domestic violence in their culture
  • Adapting danger assessments for underserved populations
  • What is victim-blaming and how to avoid it

Trauma-Informed Interventions: Transition Clients from Surviving to Thriving

  • Assess for PTSD, anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues
  • Understand the multilayered impact of DV/IPV
  • Processing shame, anger and guilt
  • Working with children exposed to domestic violence
  • Research, limitations and treatment risks

Vicarious Trauma & The Clinician

  • What is compassion fatigue
  • Recognizing signs of burnout
  • Self-care techniques for the professional

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Law Enforcement and First Responders
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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