Speaking Up! Mental Health Professionals Online Course

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Mental Health Professionals have often been mistrusted and misunderstood by religious communities, especially when it comes to matters of the family.  It is crucial that mental health professionals, working with religious communities, are open to the concerns and viewpoints of leaders.  It is the leaders of the church and community who are looking for help when supporting their members.  When referring, there may be fear that one of their loved ones be ‘led astray’ from their religious-convictions and foundations.  To be fully able to address the needs of individuals and families facing the pain of domestic violence, this course is essential. It assists the mental health and religious communities to work together to understand their differences and similarities.  It shows them how to combine their strengths for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and society.

There are 11 modules included, each designed to take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This curriculum is offered online and is accompanied by videos that will share real-life stories from domestic violence survivors. Educational materials provided by domestic violence advocates and religious resources provided by Christian faith communities.  All is combined to educate and invite dialogue about the impact of domestic violence and trauma in the Christian community.

Topics include:
  • Self Care.
  • Definitions of Domestic Violence.
  • Dynamics of Power and Control.
  • Impact of Violence on Children.
  • Parenting and Domestic Violence.
  • Safety Planning.
  • Responding to Domestic Violence within the Christian Faith.
  • Recommendations for Working with Victims and Perpetrators.
  • The Community of Faith as a Resource.
  • Links Between Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.
  • Change and Accountability.
  • A Coordinated Community Response.

Upon completion you will be prompted to take a quiz and fill out a course evaluation.  Thank you for considering this course.  Speaking Up is key for all of us!

5 reviews for Speaking Up! Mental Health Professionals Online Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Boone

    I would highly recommend the “Speaking Up: Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community” course to church pastors, church leadership, faith based organizations, and anyone who interacts with, engages or provides a service to the public.
    This course thoroughly covers the dynamics of family, domestic and intimate partner violence. It offers a Christian approach to tackling matters from providing advocacy to the victim, intervention of the perpetrators. It emphasizes the importance of working with each family members involved in the violence. It offers realistic skills that can promote healing, transformation and restoration of the family unit. It provides educational tools on how to recognize the signs of intimate partner violence, the trauma incurred by the victim, the impact of victimization upon the children, effective intervention and the ramifications of doing nothing.
    As a prevention education coordinator of a sexual assault mental health center and crime victim’s center, I had the opportunity to provide education and training to church and faith based ministries. Through the engagements I discovered their initial beliefs often mirrored societal norms, stereotypes, norms around issues of family and sexual violence. With deep conversations and private opportunities to learn this community was challenged to make paradigm shifts, learn new methods to tackle family violence. Empowered with new tools, skills and knowledge most were willing to take ownership in changing the norms that allowed violence to continue within their spheres.
    As a crisis advocate I had many occasions to engage in conversations to talk with individuals who were survivors of intimate partner violence. As Christians they turned to the church for counseling early into the abuse. They stated being re-victimized by clergy. They believed they turned to the church and were met with a lack of apathy, by church staff that lacked knowledge or the ability to effectively intervene and or stop the violent behavior they were experiencing. Most of the individuals I spoke with who initially turned to the church stated feelings of hurt, of bitterness and betrayal. Most felt distanced from the church, from Christians and from God.
    This course focuses on the church’s role and its responsibility for effectively addressing an issue that has become epidemic in our church and within our society. It speaks to the church’s role in providing advocacy to the victims, calling for accountability of the perpetrators and taking responsibility to assistance in family restoration. It reinforces the importance of victim responders taking steps to become educated and knowledgeable. It places a heavy emphasis on the capacity to provide counseling services utilizing Christian principles through an application of a Christian approach.
    Through a variety of videos, written accounts and real life testimonials the participant is drawn into real life accounts of the psychological suffering involved in family violence. They are allowed to hear from the victim, the perpetrator, and from the church and given the opportunity to process the trauma and to ponder their own perspective as a Christian leader. Many practical skills and realistic tools are provided to equip and enhance their roles of advocacy and counseling and self-care tools to prevent burnout. The participant is empowered with a greater sense of confidence in their abilities to meet the needs of individuals suffering from family, domestic and intimate partner violence. I would highly recommend the “Speaking Up: Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community” course.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Brown

    This course helped deepen my understanding of the psychological and systemic issues women face in getting help for domestic violence. As a psychotherapist, this course increased my understanding of what a patient who is suffering from DV needs and provided me with practical interventions to help her get there. Nancy’s course is formatted to be completed in your own time and places emphasis on self-care. She takes time to read responses and offers genuine engagement with you as you work through the material. This is a very special learning opportunity and I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in working with victims of abuse, trauma, or any therapist working with relationships generally.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelli Hall, LSWAIC

    “Speaking Up! Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community” is a valuable and important training resource, professionally and personally, for mental health professionals. The format of answering questions and receiving responses from a coach at the end of each module challenged me to deeply process the material. Personal stories brought the realities of domestic violence to life. This training helped me to think through the impact that theological misunderstandings have on domestic violence, the susceptibility of anyone to domestic violence, and the challenges of getting out of an abusive relationship. “Speaking Up” equips professionals with the knowledge and resources necessary to help abused individuals and abusers take steps toward lasting, healing change.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kara King

    “Speaking Up! Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community” is a critically important resource for mental health professionals. Through readings, videos, and self-reflection; this course invited me to consider my role in bringing an end to Domestic Violence. Tools taught through the course are helpful in talking with clients about domestic violence, parenting, and healing. Finally, not forgotten is the importance of taking care of ourselves in this work. The self-care reflections interwoven in the materials helped me remember why I do this work and further my commitment to it.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was a great training and offered various perspectives on the topics. I appreciated the multiple formats that the training offered throughout; readings, videos, poems, etc., as well as the individual feedback and responses to answers from Nancy. This training helped to further educate me on the topic of DV.

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