Parents as Healers: Recovering from the Trauma of Domestic Violence



Parents as Healers: Recovering from the Trauma of Domestic Violence

Thursday, July 30, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Presenter: Anne Marie M. Ramos, LCSW, RPT-S

NASW-NYS Members: Free

NASW Other Chapter Member: $25.50

Non-Members: $30

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

Extensive research, which has shown that children with stable caregivers can be more resilient to trauma, has alerted therapists to the need to include caregivers in a primary role in the child/adolescent’s healing. In families recovering from domestic violence, it is the caregiver who, without training and often under tremendous stress themselves, is often the “first responder” when their child becomes triggered. It is therefore imperative that the therapist give the caregiver the support and skills they need in order to effectively heal the child(ren) under their care.

This workshop will introduce an overall approach, Parents as Healers, which among other things, gives the caregiver the knowledge and encouragement they need to be a dynamic partner with the therapist in the healing of their child’s trauma. Participants will learn how to create opportunities for parents and children to process traumatic experiences together using a variety of techniques including directive play therapy, verbal expression and creative arts. Through experiential processing, parents become more sensitized and responsive to their child.

Participants will also be introduced to the importance of parent empowerment through effective discipline. Often after domestic violence, children can be irritable and oppositional. Some “step into” the role of the absent abuser and other times, the caregiver who had been victimized, may not have developed the assertiveness skills needed to effectively manage their children. Guidelines for providing effective parent training for domestic violence survivors will be provided. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 2 important principles when beginning a Parents as Healers approach.
  • Implement a feelings thermometer as a family processing session for domestic violence.
  • Describe one important factor when working with a domestic violence survivor as a parenting coach.

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Anne Marie M. Ramos, LCSW, RPT-S, has worked for over 35 years as a clinical social worker, supervisor and author in the field of families and children in community settings. She is passionate about including caregivers in dynamic ways in treatment sessions and has presented nationally on this topic.  



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July 30th, 2020 12:00 PM   through   1:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 0.00
NASW-NYC Member $ 22.50
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 25.50
Non-Member $ 30.00
NASW-NYS Student Non Member $ 0.00