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HT060 - Treating Domestic Violence
Tali Sadan, M.A., LGPC
Podcast transcript available by clicking here.
The presenter discusses counseling strategies and tactics for treating survivors of domestic violence. She presents the power and control issues apparent in the abuser/survivor cycle of violence. She gives counselors ideas on how to make your practice more survivor friendly. She goes on to discuss basic questions like: “Why doesn’t the victim/survivor leave the abuser?”
Tali Sadan, M.A., LGPC, is a domestic violence and sexual assault therapist for The Women's Center. She meets with individual clients in their Washington, DC office. She also provides individual and group trauma counseling to residents and clients in one of DC's largest homeless shelters. In addition to providing therapy services, she is a member of a number of victims services committees in DC, including the Victims Assistance Network (VAN), the VAN's Mental Health Subcommittee, and the DC Coalition Against Domestic Abuse's Training Work Group. She creates and facilitates training programs for various universities, the military, and nonprofit organizations in the city on the topics of mental health and domestic violence.
Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke will ask the following questions
- What are the most effective ways to communicate with domestic violence survivors?
- What are traumatic triggers, and how do they relate to counseling? How can I help clients manage their triggers?
- What if I am not prepared to offer the clients appropriate care? How can I manage referrals without triggering them or make them feel rejected?
- How can I make my practice more domestic abuse-friendly? What is emotional safety, and how can I provide more of it?
- Why doesn't he/she just leave? How can I help my client if he/she won't leave? I can't work with him/her if he/she doesn't leave?
- What is my liability if my client gets physically hurt and/or killed while I am working with him/her? Do I need report the abuse?
- My client's child witness the abuse, do I need to report that to CPS?
- How can I do couple's counseling if there is domestic violence in the relationship? When do I know it is safe to do couple's counseling?
- My client is a perpetrator of abuse. How do I know when he/she has changed? How can I help him/her change?
- What are warning signs that a client may be a victim of domestic abuse or violence? What symptoms may they exhibit?
- What if I suspect that a client is in an abusive situation, and they are not interested in leaving or changing the relationship?
- What are common mental health and emotional issues that survivors struggle with? How could I explain the effects of abuse to my clients?
- My client needs legal advice but has no money. What are the resources for DV survivors?
- What is the cycle of abuse?
- What are the different types of abuse? It is about control and power. What does that mean?
- What are some common characteristics of abusers and a victim?
Running time: 58 minutes