Safety and Ethical Considerations for Mental Health Providers Responding to Domestic Violence

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This training provides an introductory overview of critical safety and ethical concerns for mental health providers responding to domestic violence.  Research suggests that more than half of women seen in mental health care settings may have experienced domestic violence. Many mental health care providers have little or no training in domestic violence and may inadvertently contribute to increased risk for survivors without proper training and knowledge of resources.

Training format and goals

The goal of this training is to provide some initial guidance and education about best practices for mental health providers responding to domestic violence.  The training will highlight ethical and safety considerations throughout while providing participants with an overview of how domestic violence may present in mental health settings, what screening for DV looks like in mental health settings, ethical considerations in screening for domestic violence, how to effectively connect survivors to domestic violence services, best practices when working with survivors of domestic violence as well as with perpetrators of domestic violence, and an overview of safety planning with domestic violence survivors.  Key resources and recommendations will be offered for further education and best practice tools.


Jennifer Hopkinson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working in the field of mental health for 13 years and specifically with survivors of domestic and sexual violence for 6 years.  She currently manages the counseling program at Clackamas Women’s Services.  Jennifer works with survivors directly through counseling and support groups.  She also teaches regular community trainings on the impact of trauma and the intersection of domestic violence and mental health in addition to being involved in larger community efforts in domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention. 
LCSW.  Approved by the State of Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker January 5th, 2013.  License Number 5635
MSW, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, June 14, 2008.
B.A. Psychology, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, May 2000.

Hopkinson, J., & Neuringer, A. (2003).  Modifying behavioral variability in moderately depressed students. Behavior Modification, 27 (2), 251-264.

  • Understanding Domestic Violence: Beyond Physical Abuse
  • Screening for Domestic Violence by Mental Health Professionals
  • Intervening in Domestic Violence for Mental Health Professionals
  • Domestic Violence Safety Planning for Mental Health Professionals
  • Continuing education credit

    OCADSV is pleased to offer one (1) hour of continuing education credit in ETHICS in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers. Applications to receive credit will be considered until September 24, 2015.

    To qualify for CEUs, follow the steps below:

    1. View the webinar recording
    2. Score a 75% or higher on the post-test
    3. Submit a completed evaluation

    For more information, email or call (503) 230-1951.