Certified Domestic Violence Specialist - (CDVS)
Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I and II, (CDVS-I, CDVS-II) certifications have been developed in response to the increased global call for accessible and effective Domestic Violence services and the accompanying need to provide training programs for service providers and community organizations including professional counselors, chaplains, certified coaches, educators, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, pastors, social workers, psychiatrists, substance abuse, and domestic violence counselors and others working in local settings. NAMA Certified Domestic Violence Specialist standardization offers professionals, schools, hospitals, agencies, community workers and organizations an opportunity to expand their services by including Domestic Violence programs.
Certified Domestic Violence Specialist (CDVS) Training Course(s) – 2 Treatment Options (1) Brain Change, OR (2) Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. NAMA has partnered with renowned domestic violence counselors Dr. Ron and Pat Potter- Efron and Growth Central to provide treatments for domestic violence by offering two (2) different approaches for obtaining Certified Domestic Violence Specialist (CDVS-I) certification and Offender Treatment training courses endorsed by the National Anger Management Association (NAMA).
(1) The innovative Brain Change course offers an in-depth look at the relationship between the brain and DV as well as a way to reconsider the connection between DV and anger management. This is a new and revolutionary way to think about domestic violence. In addition to the Brain Change training course, there are workbooks and curriculum available to help support and guide you through the process with your clients.
Click the (Brain Change Approach) item below for more information or to Order:
- Brain Change 3-disc DVD Certification Course
- Brain Change Online Certification Course
- Participant Workbook Brain Change For Domestic Violence – 13 Sessions (provided with the certification course)
- Leader’s Manual): Brain Change Curriculum for Domestic Violence – 13, 26 or 52 Sessions (provided with the certification course)
- Participant Workbook Brain Change Curriculum for Domestic Violence – 26 Sessions
- Participant Workbook Brain Change Curriculum for Domestic Violence – 52 Sessions
- Duplication License for (1) workbook or curriculum
(2) The Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Curriculum: Cognitive-Behavioral course offers a more traditional approach to DV treatment as well as to reconsider the connection between DV and anger management. This treatment approach to domestic violence focusing on ‘power and control’ and ‘safety for all’ also includes anger management skills and techniques for individuals’ future relationships. In addition to the Cognitive-Behavioral DV training course, there are workbooks and curriculum available to help support and you through the process with your clients.
Click the (Cognitive-Behavioral Approach) item below for more information or to Order:
- Domestic Violence Offender Treatment (Cognitive-Behavioral) 3-disc DVD Certification Course
- Domestic Violence Offender Treatment (Cognitive-Behavioral) Online Certification Course
- Participant Workbook (Cognitive-Behavioral) For Domestic Violence – 13 Sessions (provided with the certification course)
- Leader’s Manual): Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Curriculum (Cognitive-Behavioral) – 13, 26 or 52 Sessions (provided with the certification course)
- Participant Workbook (Cognitive-Behavioral) for Domestic Violence – 26 Sessions
- Participant Workbook (Cognitive-Behavioral) for Domestic Violence – 52 Sessions
- Duplication License for (1) workbook or curriculum
CDVS-I (Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I) - certifies for community Domestic Violence Classes/Educational Program Services - Some Domestic Violence participants are court mandated to take classes as a condition of probation, or by their employer. These are individuals who generally are not seeking traditional mental health services, but rather an educational approach. Their freedom and/or livelihood may depend on the completion of a recognized Domestic Violence program or classes. The Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification (see requirements below) is designed to fill this need.
Requirements for Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification -
This certification requires a minimum of a BA degree or significant community service experience. Certifies trained individuals to provide community domestic violence educational services including Domestic Violence Classes and a 13 week Domestic Violence Educational Program.
Participants for this certification are required to complete of a minimum of 12 hours NAMA authorized live or distance learning training. It trains individuals to provide community Domestic Violence educational programs and services including Domestic Violence Classes and Domestic Violence Educational Programs for individuals, couples and groups.
1. Basic Domestic Violence Content Component - Completion of a 12 hour live or distance learning Basic Domestic Violence course sponsored by NAMA. Approved programs include (at minimum) an understanding of the nature of Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence skills & concepts, an understanding of brain functioning and brain change, cognitive distortion, the role of communication and assertiveness, the role of empathy, the role of stress, and the role of consequences.
2. Application Component - Complete Application (include processing fee $125) and provide Resume for NAMA Review.
CDVS-II (Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-II) - Domestic Violence Professional Mental Health Services - Domestic Violence Professional Mental Health Services includes various clinical and evidence-based mental health approaches provided by a Domestic Violence Specialist-II who is a mental health professional thoroughly trained to work with complex Domestic Violence issues. Domestic Violence mental health professional services are not traditional psychotherapy or group counseling—rather it is a combination of insights from various psychological traditions that requires additional training in Domestic Violence skills, concepts, and techniques.
CDVS-I (Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-II) - certifies individuals to provide full Domestic Violence professional services including 26 and 52 week Domestic Violence Treatment Programs.
1. Candidates must possess a mental health state license and professional liability insurance.
2. Completion of 40 hours of NAMA authorized domestic violence training as provided by a NAMA authorized Domestic Violence specialist-Level Three provider. See below for options to obtain these hours.
3. Required: Completion of Domestic Violence Level One training. 12 hours.
4. Required: Four one hour (4) supervisory sessions provided by a NAMA approved Domestic Violence Specialist provider. These sessions may be face to face or by telephone/Skype. 4 hours.
5. Electives. Twenty-four (24) hours of study must be selected from among the following options. Each component as well as the entire study plan must be approved by the candidate’s supervisor.
Integration of Anger Management and Domestic Violence. Candidates will read (and pass an examination on) The Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Prevention, 2nd Edition (Potter-Efron, R., 2015, Taylor and Francis). This unit is particularly recommended for individuals who wish to establish or expand their practice along these two dimensions. 6 hours.
Anger management module. The goal is to achieve competence in treating individual clients (who may be in a group) who have problematical anger behavior. A majority of domestic violence clients have this issue. This module may be completed by attaining NAMA Level I (One or II (Two) Anger Management Certification or by designing a reading/experiential plan with one’s supervisor. 6 hours.
Couples and family counseling. The goal is to be able to facilitate effective educational and therapeutic approaches that help couples and families improve communication while lessening the risk for domestic violence episodes. This module may be completed by reading and/or attending trainings on topics such as emotionally focused couples therapy. 6 hours.
Neurosciences of anger, domestic violence and aggression. The goal is to achieve the ability to help clients understand and utilize the basic principles of neuroscience and neuroplasticity to develop and implement effective brain change plans. This module may be completed by reading or viewing a wide range of challenging materials. 6 hours.
Substance abuse and domestic violence. The goal is to be able knowledgeably to discuss with clients the effects of substances of abuse on their brain, body and behavior. Process addictions fall under this area. Participants already certified or licensed as substance abuse counselors by state agencies may be given partial credit for their experience but will need to develop additional expertise. 6 hours.
Victim experience and services. The goal is to become emphatically aware of the physical, emotional and psychological effects of domestic violence upon recipients of violence as well as to gain knowledge of local victim services organizations. This module may be completed through volunteer or professional service with the recipients of domestic violence and at victim services organizations. 4 hours.
Pre-existing experience treating domestic violence offenders. NAMA recognizes that some participants may already have extensive experience in this field. NAMA will award 2 credits for every year you can document, up to a total of 4 hours.
Other selected topics and special interests. NAMA encourages participants to utilize their particular strengths and interests to develop their own best treatment approach. Here are examples of topics the participant may select and earn up to 4 hours each. These elective areas will generally involve selected readings, practice exercises with clients, and discussion with the supervisors:
Domestic violence research
Trauma: effects on adults and children of domestic violence
Effects of domestic violence on spirituality
Treatment for specific populations: Women, racial, LGBT community
Sample Training Plan
1. Level One training.
3. Neurosciences of anger, domestic violence and aggression.
4. Substance abuse module.
5. Victim experiences and services module.
6. Mindfulness module.
7. Trauma module.
8. Application Component - Complete Application (include processing fee $150).
Fees for CDVS-II
- $100 per session is the fee for Supervision plus cost of materials recommended for you by Dr. Ron Potter-Efron
- $150 - NAMA application fee which includes CDVS-II certificate and one year NAMA Active Status and Profile listed in Directory.
Interested participants for the DV Level II (Two) training should contact Dr. Ron Potter-Efron to begin developing their personalized training program. email@example.com or 715-287-3177
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