Several years ago Online Therapy Institute wrote an article and created a 10-hour course addressing the impact of technology on domestic violence. In the digital age, victims have been even more challenged. Technology is a stalker’s best friend and we know that often, domestic violence perpetrators stalk and harass their victims. COVID-19 has caused us to update that course and announce its availability.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) during Covid-19 is being coined “a pandemic within a pandemic.” With people continuing to shelter in place, either voluntarily or by mandate, the rise of domestic violence will keep an increased pace.
We offer a course that instructs therapists, coaches, advocates and anyone offering guidance to domestic violence victims about how to keep victims safe from harm, what technological pitfalls to look for and how to screen a victim properly for online support or therapy.
The course is online and self-paced with a reasonable fee so that practitioners and paraprofessionals can receive the training necessary to provide adequate support. In addition to learning how to keep victims safe online and screening appropriately for online services, the course also offers a case study, a workbook for clients and a facilitator guide for domestic violence victim groups.
This course reviews considerations regarding technology when offering intervention and support to victims of domestic violence. The primary goal of this course is about learning strategies that will keep victims safe as they are guided out of their abusive relationships and into a brighter future.
Course Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to inform victims of domestic violence about privacy and protection from digital stalking.
Participants will be able to properly screen victims to determine technological safety and online intervention.
Participants will learn strategies for guiding a domestic violence victim along their journey out of an abusive relationship.