Battered Women’s Protective Strategies

Author: Sherry Hamby with contributions from Andrea Bible

Program Summary: This course explores the various protective strategies women use to protect themselves and their children against violence. It includes a discussion of immediate situational strategies, ‘classic’ legal and anti- domestic violence services, social and spiritual supports, terminating the relationship, and invisible strategies.

Program Objectives: To enhance social work practice, values, skills and knowledge by identifying key issues related to battered women’s protective strategies.

Learning Objectives: Describe the various efforts women use to protect themselves and their children from domestic violence. Give examples of invisible strategies. Compare conservative, venture, and balanced strategies.

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Depression

Program Summary: This course provides an introduction to depression and includes an overview of who is affected along with symptoms and treatment options.

Program Objectives: To enhance social work practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to the assessment and treatment of depression.

Learning Objectives: Identify the different types of depression. Identify signs and symptoms of depression. Describe how depression affects women, men, older adults, and children. Identify treatment options.

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Acts of Omission – An Overview of Child Neglect

Program Summary: This paper explores the challenges involved in defining, identifying, and treating child neglect. It describes common characteristics of neglected children and their families and it offers recommendations for treatment providers and further research.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Program Objectives: To enhance social work practice, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to identifying and treating child neglect.

Learning Objectives: Describe the challenges involved in defining neglect. Identify common characteristics of neglected children and their families. Identify recommendations for treatment providers.

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Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illnesses

Program Summary: This research report focuses on the comorbidity of drug use disorders and other mental illnesses. It explores ‘shared vulnerability’, common factors, and treatment.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

Program Objectives: To enhance social work practice, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to comorbid addiction and other mental illnesses.

Learning Objectives: Define the term ‘shared vulnerability’. Identify common factors for comorbidity i.e. genetic vulnerabilities, involvement of similar brain regions, and the influence of developmental stage. Give examples of promising behavioral therapies for patients with comorbid conditions. Identify barriers to treatment.

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