Clinical Work with Domestic Violence

Intermediate level- 3 CE | taught by Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Course description

Course Summary 

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)


Video Study Guide

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


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


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

Chapter Four

Teen P&C wheel (Dating Violence)

Reference List


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 for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

For more information contact

Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Lead Trainer

Sharea is a licensed clinical social worker with years of success in helping clients recover from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings where she received specialized training in the following therapeutic practices: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Theory, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

For the past three years, Sharea has worked in a practice setting catering to mostly (but not exclusively) Black women, couples and adolescents. Sharea is also a highly skilled Small and Non-Profit Business consultant. Through her skill building small businesses, she has a 100% success rate in helping individual’s realize their dream of starting or expanding their business.

Sharea’s work is delivered through individual sessions, family/couples session, group therapy and workshops focused on helping people navigate through wellness, identity, life transitions and complicated situations. Her empowerment approach focuses on helping people identify and bring out their distinctive strengths while overcoming barriers to happiness and success. Her goal is to help client's create a quality life filled with purpose and self-love. Sharea encourages clients to embrace the concept that our wellness and happiness lies within our control.

Sharea received a BA degree in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration of mental health, health and aging from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Sharea is also currently an adjunct professor at Rutgers in their graduate level social work department where she teaches: Program Development and Strategic Planning, Direct Clinical Practice with Adolescents/Children, and Diversity and Oppression.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Mental Health First Aid Instructor (National Instructor Certification)


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