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New Hope to hold pair of online trainings for helping professionals

Feb 10, 2021

Rockland — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, in partnership with New Hope for Women of Rockland, will offer two online sessions of Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Intervention Training for mental health professionals Feb. 11-12 and March 9-10.

These two-day programs, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day, are designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders. The fee is $150 per person; $60 per University of Maine student.

Each program provides 12 contact hours and includes the following topics: 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 12-hour curriculum was developed collaboratively by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and partners in the mental health field to meet the 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.

Domestic violence resource centers have seen the impact of COVID-19 on survivors of domestic abuse.

“At New Hope for Women, our emergency shelter nights increased from 203 in 2019 to 3,056 in 2020. Mental health professionals have continued to support survivors throughout that time, and may be the only ones who know about the abuse. This training is being offered at a time when many people are unsafe and ready to reach out for support,” said Rebekah Shaw, New Hope for Women’s system advocacy and education director.

Program facilitators include Shaw and Jesse Lucas, New Hope for Women's prevention educator for Knox and Waldo counties. Lucas is is currently pursuing her degree in the University of Maine’s MSW Distance Program.

Shaw has spent over five years as a domestic violence resource center advocate. She has been with New Hope for Women 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, Shaw worked as an advocate in Aroostook County.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 338-8002. For more information about upcoming professional development programs or to register, go online. Early registration is recommended, as spots are limited. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo County.

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