8b. October 13, 2023 PM: Safety Planning with Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: Towards Survivor-Defined Advocacy (VIRTUAL)

Friday, October 13, 2023

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Pre-register by August 25, 2023

This is a virtual course, and will take place over Zoom.

A link to this virtual course will be sent one week prior to the event.

3 CEHs

$30.00 SLU Alumni and pre-registered SLU practicum instructors

$50.00 All others

Course Description: Social workers in all areas of practice will encounter survivors of intimate partner violence. Safety planning can empower survivors to mitigate the risks posed to their safety by both their abusive partner and the complex life circumstances they face. Ethical practice with persons experiencing intimate partner violence requires the adoption of a survivor-defined approach, which takes as its starting point the goals, needs, and circumstances of the individual survivor. Effective safety planning incorporates an understanding of lethality factors that place survivors at increased risk for homicide by abusive partners. In this training, participants will be provided with an overview of a survivor-defined approach to safety planning, with emphasis on the specific skills of risk analysis and lethality assessment.

Presented by: Vithya Murugan, PhD

Vithya Murugan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. She has clinical experience as a counselor to survivors of IPV. Additionally, she has extensive experience in community education and training.

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