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Wednesday, October 20

Training: Introduction to Intimate Partner Violence for Mental Health Providers

Wednesday October 20, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm via Zoom

Cost: $30.  Includes 2 NASW Continuing Education Credits.

To register:  Visit our registration page or contact Elizabeth McKeever at


Mental health providers frequently work with survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), but may have never received training about the dynamics of abuse or how they can respond to it.  In this presentation, we will review key concepts and root causes of IPV and learn who is affected and how.

Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and particular needs of people with mental illness who also experience IPV.  Attendees will learn how to start a conversation about IPV with their clients, provide support following a disclosure, and do some basic safety planning.  We will also discuss the benefits of making referrals to IPV-specific agencies and provide information about other available resources. 

Learning objectives:

• Develop a basic understanding of intimate partner violence

• Understand types of abuse and abusive behaviors

• Talk about how to start a conversation about IPV with clients and help them increase their safety

• Learn about some resources for yourself and for survivors

About the presenter: Elizabeth McKeever has worked in domestic violence survivor advocacy for 7 years.  Since 2015, she has worked at Raphael House of Portland, first in its emergency shelter supporting individuals and families fleeing intimate partner abuse, and currently as its Volunteer and Internship Program Coordinator.  In addition to supervising volunteers and social work interns across the agency, she trains and certifies new advocates.  She is an experienced support group facilitator, and currently runs a weekly Trauma Recovery and Empowerment support group at Raphael House.  She received her MSW from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work in 2011.

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