Becoming the Clinician Ally for Survivors of Domestic Violence


Effective Clinical Intervention with Survivors of Domestic Violence


A one-day workshop for clinicians and helpers
Led by JAC Patrissi



This workshop is designed to help therapists, social workers, child protection workers and those who seek to play a supportive role for survivors of domestic violence and others who are navigating current or past abusive relationships. No prior knowledge of intimate partner violence is required. 

Over the course of the day’s lectures, handouts, small group work and behavioral rehearsals, participants will: 

  • Identify and make distinctions among abusive and destructive relationships, including working with persons in romantic partnership with people who have untreated mental health issues, untreated addiction, chronic immaturity and/or abusive values
  • Analyze the impact on the survivors of prevalent lenses for understanding domestic violence
  • Analyze the impact of social responses to domestic violence
  • Analyze a stage model of survivors’ experience
  • Predict and preparefor interactions with survivors
  • Identify and practice optimistic attunement with survivors of domestic violence
  • Practice resilience-promoting responses and treatment plans for survivors of domestic violence

JAC Patrissi has been crafting creative solutions to relationship trauma and abuse for 29 years. She works as a couples’ counselor and trauma clinician and is author of Should I Stay or Should I Go: A Guide to Knowing If Your Relationship Can—And Should—Be Saved. (Penguin/Berkley 2011)