Course Description


This course gives the participant a broad overview of how to recognize symptoms of domestic violence, outlines the various aspects of relationship abuse, and provides treatment ideas for working with individuals who are experiencing abuse by an intimate partner. This course explores the treatment and domestic violence and provides guidance for social workers who work with those individuals experiencing domestic violence.  The course highlights the importance of identifying signs, symptoms and history of domestic violence. It highlights the tactics of abuse, common characteristics of batters, key characteristics of children exposed to violence, the effects of domestic violence on families and community. 

Therapist, case manager and other service providers will learn the skills to safely assess, plan and collaboration with other systems (i.e. police, shelter).   

This course is proven to build a toolbox of leadership skills and social work techniques that are essential in your work with domestic violence. Attendees will develop practical social work skills to help understand, guide, and develop appropriate treatment techniques for their clients.  Using practical social work group exercises that can be taken back to their work with individuals or their families. In other words, it will provide attendees with helpful information, related readings and practical activities sure to help all they serve exposed to domestic violence. 

Session Learning Objectives

After completion of this course, participants will be able to:


  • Demonstrate and enhance their ability to recognize signs and symptoms of domestic violence.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of effectively using ‘Power and Control’ wheel as tool to assist clients experiencing domestic violence and identify aspects of their abuse.

  • Demonstrate the importance of working with survivors of abuse in a manner that seeks to reduce shame and stigma.


  • Understand the appropriate skills and methods to implement a safety plan to use with survivors of abuse.

 Relevance to Social Work:   

  • Developing practical social work skills to help with appropriate assessment of domestic violence and treatment.
  • Develop higher level of cultural competency with your social work skills as it relates to those who experience domestic violence. 
  • Using practical social work group exercises that can be taken back to their work with individual who have experience domestic violence.

Course Outline (See Course Curriculum Below for materials)

37:58

Video Study Guide


Violence Awareness
What would you do? Activity
DV Introduction
Myths and Facts/Statistic

 69:17

Defining Domestic Violence
Assessing and Cycle of Violence
Process of Abuse and its Impact
Assessing and Indicators 
Cycle of Violence
Why Does She Stay


Chapter Three

51:11

Brief Summary of Theories
Summary of Theories and Power and Control Wheel
DV_Safety_Plan
Power Control wheel (DV)
Applying What We Learned

Chapter Four

Teen P&C wheel (Dating Violence)

Reference List

Post-Test

Evaluation Form


Instructional Methods: 

Course is a self-paced learning experience which includes a recorded training, power-point, closing sample activity, quiz and evaluation. all which must be completed to receive certificate. This course is non-interactive.


Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training, post-test and course evaluation.

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 3-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.”

Refund policy:   No refund will be given for purchase of course.

We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email sharea@radiantsunshine.org for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

For more information contact

Sharea@radiantsunshine.org

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter One

    • From the Desk of Sharea Farmer

    • Video Study Guide

    • Sharea's Passion for Domestic Violence Awareness

    • What would you do? Activity

    • DV Introduction

    • Myths and Facts

    • Statistic

  • 2

    Chapter Two

    • What Doesn't Cause Abuse?

    • Causes

    • Defining Domestic Violence

    • Domestic Violence Definition

    • Assessing and Cycle of Violence

    • Process of Abuse and its Impact

    • Assessing and Indicators of Domestic Violence

    • Cycle of Violence

    • Why Does She Stay

    • Why Does She Stay

  • 3

    Chapter Three

    • Brief Summary of Theories

    • Summary of Theories and Power and Control Wheel

    • DV_Safety_Plan

    • Power Control wheel (DV)

    • How do we help?

    • Applying What We Learned

    • How to use wheel and closing

    • Theories and Interventions

  • 4

    Chapter Four

    • Teen P&C wheel (Dating Violence)

    • ACE Questionnaire

    • Reference List

    • Post Test Clinical Work with Domestic Violence

    • Evaluation Form

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