(Online) Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Intervention for Mental Health Professionals Certification Program

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This two-day program, presented in partnership with New Hope Midcoast, is designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders to become certified in intimate partner violence training.

The following topics will be covered during the 12-contact hours of the program: foundations of domestic abuse, addressing the lasting impact of domestic abuse, intervention strategies of domestic abuse and trauma-informed and culturally competent responses to domestic abuse.


This dynamic program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection.

The Hutchinson Center has a limited number of computers (and plenty of Wi-Fi to go around). If you’d like to participate virtually via the Hutchinson Center, please request support via the form here.


Dec. 9–10, 2021 (This program is full.)
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Feb. 8–9, 2022 (This program is full.)
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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This 12-hour curriculum was developed collaboratively by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and partners in the mental health field in order to meet the 2020 domestic violence training requirements for psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and licensed clinical professional counselors (see L.D. 1238. 126th Legis. 2013). The four three-hour modules include information that will help mental health professionals be prepared to work with people who have experienced and perpetrated domestic abuse and violence.




Module 1 – Domestic Abuse: Foundations

Participants will be able to:

  • Define domestic abuse and trauma
  • Examine the multitude of barriers to safety that batters create for their partners and family members
  • Identify the tactics that batterers employ to obtain and maintain power and control over their partners and family members

Module 2 – Domestic Abuse: Addressing the Lasting Impact

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of trauma on the brain
  • Identify several short and long-term health impacts of domestic violence
  • Describe particular challenges facing survivors of multi-abuse trauma


Module 3 – Domestic Abuse: Intervention Strategies

Participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between appropriate roles for mental health providers and those for domestic violence advocates
  • Identify screening strategies to use in your practice
  • Describe the basic safety planning strategies, including how to refer to a domestic violence resource center
  • Define the difference between risk analysis and evidence-based risk assessment
  • Analyze batterer tactics of control as they relate to seeking professional help

Module 4 – Domestic Abuse: Trauma-Informed and Culturally Competent Responses

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss trauma-informed strategies for working with survivors
  • List strategies for addressing secondary trauma that you may experience as a provide
  • Analyze the barriers and resources faith provides to both survivors and abusers
  • Describe various aspects of culturally competent services and list culturally-specific domestic violence resources in Maine



  • Psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed clinical professional counselors 

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002 and we can help you figure it out.



Rebekah Herrick (she/her/hers) has spent over five years as a domestic violence resource center advocate. She has been with New Hope Midcoast for over a year, supporting survivors throughout civil legal court processes. Recently, she transitioned into the role of System Advocacy and Education Director. Prior to relocating to midcoast Maine, Rebekah worked as an advocate in Aroostook County. Throughout her career, she has supported survivors as they engage with Child Protective, while living in shelter or forming safety plans. She has experience developing training and presentations, delivering them to a myriad of audiences. She is passionate about connecting with survivors and helping others understand the dynamics of domestic violence.


$150 / $60 for UMaine students

Participants can choose to participate in one or two days of the program. Registration for individual modules is available for those who have already completed a portion of the required hours for this training.

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1.2 CEUs/12 contact hours
Certificate for completing the entirety of this 12-hour course


When will I receive my certificate?

A very important question! Typically, we send out evaluations within 1-2 business days after a program has taken place. After we receive your evaluation, we will issue your certificate. These procedures are not automated—we appreciate your patience and know how important this credential is for your licensure.

When will I receive my Zoom link?

You’ll receive your link to participate in the training, as well as any materials, within 24 hours of the program.

Who do I reach out to if I have a question?

Michelle Patten is our Conference and Professional Development Coordinator. During our business hours she can be reached at 207.338.8002 or through the chat function on our website. She can also be reached at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu.


For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002.

"This training stood out for its professionalism, the preparedness and knowledge of the facilitators, and the depth of information and discussion topics." past participant

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