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Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence in Maine: Identification, Documentation, Reporting and Trauma-Informed Responses

Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT
11 Hours 38 Minutes
Sep 19, 2019
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Regardless of your area of focus, you’re likely to encounter Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence at some point in your practice.

But abuse can be difficult to detect after the physical signs of violence have faded. What defines abuse and how does one properly assess for it? And when it’s brought into the light, domestic violence can raise professional dilemmas that leave you caught between responsibilities surrounding confidentiality, autonomy, and your wider responsibilities to protect victims.

It’s a complicated situation that can leave you unsure of how to proceed and troubled knowing that failure to recognize and properly respond to domestic violence can have dire consequences.

Starting on January 1st, 2020 social workers and counselors in Maine are required to have completed 12 CE hours of training in domestic or intimate partner violence for renewal of their license or initial licensure.

This recording is your chance to complete all 12 required hours and get the tools and guidance you need to recognize the red flags of domestic and intimate partner violence, properly report and document abuse, and effectively respond and intervene in a trauma-sensitive manner.

Whether you’re a social worker, counselor, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, nurse, or anyone in the helping professions, this program will serve as an indispensable guide for how you can improve outcomes for those impacted by domestic and intimate partner violence.



Save time and money off other submission methods – purchase & take the CE test online for $29.99. Additional processing fees apply for other submission methods (i.e. mail, fax, etc.). Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before completion.

Certificates of Successful Completion are available for email, download and/or printing from your online account immediately following the successful completion of the post-test/evaluation.

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This self-study program is designed to qualify for 12.5 continuing education hours.


This self-study activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Marriage & Family Therapists

This self-study activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 12.6 contact hours. Expires: 09/19/2022.

Psychologists & Physicians


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 09/19/2019. It was last reviewed on 05/31/2019 and is valid until 05/31/2022.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.


The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Canadian Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. This program is approved for 12.5 self-study continuing education hours. Full credit statement at:

Social Workers

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Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 12.5 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT's Profile

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Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT, CPD, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice whose areas of expertise include the treatment of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and relationship issues. Her clinical experience includes serving as the Trauma Healing Services Clinical Coordinator for a non-profit organization dedicated to providing behavioral health counseling, crisis intervention and support to families and individuals facing domestic violence, abuse, ate crimes and other issues.

Ms. Baxter-Musser is a certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CDBT) through Evergreen Certification Institute. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crisis Management and the Maine Collaborative Law Alliance.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT, is the Owner, Operator and Trainer at Inner Awakening Counseling & Consulting and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-Financial: Katelyn Baxter-Musser, LCSW, CDBT, is a member of the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee, the Southern Maine EMDR Collation, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the National Center for Crisis Management.

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  1. Employ screening techniques to identify the signs of domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV).
  2. Establish how evidence-based screenings and assessments can help clinicians determine level of risk and lethality to effectively intervene.
  3. Ensure proper reporting and documentation when working with clients facing violence in their relationships or homes.
  4. Characterize the dynamics of domestic violence/intimate partner violence and control tactics used by the perpetrator.
  5. Evaluate the types of domestic abuse including physical violence, sexual violence, threats and intimidation.
  6. Connect your clients to domestic violence related services through community resources and appropriate referrals.
  7. Communicate three barriers that keep people from leaving abusive relationships.
  8. Characterize how an understanding of cultural factors can help to ensure a competent response to abuse.
  9. Specify two intervention strategies clinicians can use to enhance treatment of women, men and children who’ve been exposed to domestic violence.
  10. Develop safety plans with clients to help them leave an abusive or violent home.
  11. Assess same-gender abuse dynamics and identify aspects of LGBTQ intimate partner violence that may make victims less likely to seek help.
  12. Employ trauma-informed treatment techniques for survivors of abuse, violence and oppression. 


Victims, Perpetrators and Dynamics of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Myths about domestic and intimate partner violence
  • Types of domestic violence
  • Dynamics of power, manipulation and control
  • Characteristics of perpetrators
  • Substance abuse and violence
  • Same gender abuse dynamics
Recognize the Red Flags of Violence: What All Clinicians Need to Know
  • Screening and assessment techniques
  • Identify immediate danger
  • Injuries and other indicators
  • Tools to assess for safety, risk and lethality
  • Checklists and advocacy resources
  • Technology and domestic/intimate partner violence
Non-Physical Abuse and Psychological Violence
  • Who’s at risk?
  • Warning signs and symptoms
  • Emotional manipulation
  • Yelling and intimidation
  • Inappropriate sexual pressure
Reporting Requirements and Documentation Guidelines
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Who is required to report and when?
  • Standards for making a report
  • Domestic violence contacts and hotlines
  • Proper documentation and confidentiality strategies
  • When and how to refer to agencies
  • Community resources
  • Liability issues for failing to report
Crisis Intervention, Safety Plans and Available Services
  • Safety plans while living with abusive partners
  • Safety planning for children
  • Emotional safety planning
  • Barriers to leaving
  • Plans for leaving and after leaving
  • Restraining orders/protective orders
Culturally Competent Responses to Abuse
  • Recognizing your own biases
  • How survivors interpret domestic violence in their culture
  • Adapting danger assessments for underserved populations
  • Working with LGBTQ survivors
Trauma Informed Interventions: Transition Clients from Surviving to Thriving
  • Assess for PTSD, anxiety, trauma and other mental health issues
  • Understand the multilayered impact of DV/IPV
  • Processing shame, anger and guilt
  • Working with children exposed to domestic violence
  • Relaxation skills and guided imagery for anxiety

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Chaplains/Clergy
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Law Enforcement and First Responders
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Grace O

"Course was excellent and presenter was easy to follow. The length of the quiz is too long after 12 hours. Attendees in live session do not have to spend more time with the quiz which seems unfair for those who pay to take it online. The video is definitely 12 hours."

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