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Abuse and Domestic Violence Counsellor Careers

Abuse and Domestic Violence

Abuse and Domestic Violence Counsellor Training

ADV-400 Abuse and Domestic Violence

Course in a nutshell

Discussion Topics: Identify different types of sexual and physical abuse and unhealthy patterns affecting individuals and family relationships; ethical and legal reporting requirements.

Skills: You’ll learn counselling and interviewing techniques for building safety and providing support, identifying symptoms of abuse and/or domestic violence, how to develop primary, secondary and tertiary intervention plans.


  1. The multi generational implications and effects of domestic violence on the individual client, and family members.
  2. Dynamics involved in: Violence against women; child abuse; abuse between family members (siblings, parents, adolescents, and the elderly)
  3. Assessment procedures used with victims of abuse.
  4. The psychological impacts of sexual abuse such as guilt, shame, patterns of defenses, irrational cognitions, and addictive behaviors.
  5. Cultural aspects involved in the healing process relating to unhealthy community environments and dysfunctional families.
  6. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels of treatment planning and prevention programs.
  7. Issues that trigger counter transference in the counselor; need for supervision and self-care.
  8. The limits of confidentiality, the counsellor’s ethical and legal responsibilities and scope of practice.


The Abuse and Domestic Violence course will teach you the skills needed to assess and provide supportive counseling to victims of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse. Your level of proficiency and competence with the skills introduced in this course will deepen as you proceed through the program. Upon graduation from the Diploma or Certificate program, you may include the following skills as part of your Professional Portfolio:

1. Ability to facilitate a client’s disclosure of abuse through supportive, trust building techniques such as:

  • empathic listening
  • crisis intervention
  • empowerment
  • trauma debriefing
  • collaborative goal setting
  • address safety issues
  • knowledge of community resources

(NOTE: techniques used in crisis intervention and trauma debriefing will be addressed in depth in the Conflict, Suicide and Emergency Intervention (CSE-400) course.

2. Ability to work collaboratively with clients through the three phases of counselling:

  • the beginning phase involves: trust building to facilitate disclosures; personal self care plans and support networks; crisis intervention; and goal setting for long term treatment planning.
  • middle phase includes supporting and helping clients work through painful feelings, such as: guilt, shame, and self destructive behaviors; using cognitive restructuring, and identifying irrational thought patterns.
  • the ending phase to develop healthy relationships, set appropriate boundaries, and achieve closure through confrontation/forgiveness.

3. Ability to assess the client’s circumstances and make appropriate referrals to professionals and/or community resources (in cases when the client’s needs for service falls outside the limits of the counsellor’s scope of practice).

4. Ability to develop treatment plans and prevention programs at the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels.

5. Ability to assess for a client’s level of risk to cause harm to self or others.

6. Ability to practice within the limits of confidentiality, while recognizing reporting responsibilities when dealing with reported or suspected abuse to children, or the elderly.

7. Ability to understand cultural diversity in the context of abuse.

8. Ability to be familiar with and include a wide variety of community resources in treatment planning.

NOTE: The skill set you will learn in this course comprises areas of core competence required for the practice of professional counselling).

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