Intimate Partner Violence

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain,
it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.


Addressing Intimate Partner Violence: 
Ethical Dimensions

DO YOU SUSPECT A CLIENT IS STRUGGLING with intimate partner violence (IPV)?

IPV is often a secret and frequently camouflaged when clients seek individual and couples counseling. It’s also tragically ubiquitous. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, IPV affects one in two women, one in four men, and equal or even higher rates of transgender and non-binary individuals. Clinicians working in mental health and addiction treatment settings often notice signs that suggest IPV, but they don’t know how to assess or respond helpfully given the volatility of the situation.

As part of the ethical imperative to support client welfare, all clinicians have an obligation to recognize the signs of IPV, to assess danger, and to respond without making an unsafe situation worse. But addressing IPV can raise dilemmas related to confidentiality, informed consent, self-determination, and client welfare. Without knowledge and skill, there is the hazard of clinicians causing harm.

BY THE END OF THIS DAYLONG WORKSHOP, participants will be able to:

  • Identify signs of intimate partner violence when working with clients in individual or couples counseling when it is not the referring problem; 
  • Grapple with common misconceptions about IPV that interfere with effective practice; 
  • Use clinically sound strategies to screen for IPV and assess danger;
  • Articulate the elements of a comprehensive safety plan;
  • Analyze ethical dilemmas that emerge when working with IPV including equity considerations, client self-determination, confidentiality, and informed consent; and
  • Enhance clinical competencies that support client wellbeing, including modifying treatment interventions to balance treatment goals and enhance safety. 

Six hours of continuing education (ethics) approved through the National Association of Social Workers.  

BIPOC REPARATIONS DISCOUNT: If you identify as a member of BIPOC communities, you are entitled to a 25% discount.

MILITARY DISCOUNT: If you served in the military, either currently or in the past, or you are a military spouse, there is a 25% discount.

GRADUATE STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you are currently in graduate school in a clinical discipline and wish to register, there is a 25% discount.

Contact Wayne Scott for discount codes.

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence: 
Ethical Dimensions

Friday June 7th


In Person

Revolution Hall
1300 Southeast Stark Street #203

Natasha Laumei MA, LPC, LMHC

has been in private practice in SE Portland since 2014, working with clients and supervising clinicians in both Oregon and Washington, and providing EMDR consultation as a consultant-in-training. For the last 15 years she has worked with clients of all ages in Montana and Oregon, in settings including therapeutic boarding schools, residential, community-based, and outpatient mental health. Since the mid-2000s she has worked with survivors of DV/IPV in Minnesota, Montana, and Oregon as a volunteer, advocate, counselor, and therapeutic support in restorative justice experiences.

Matt Johnston, LPC, CADC II

works in private practice in North Portland. He has worked in the domestic violence field since 2004, especially with people convicted of domestic violence offenses. Matt also serves on the Board of Survivor Collective Alliance Reaching Society (SCARS) as the Survivor Impact Panel (SIP) Coordinator. 

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