Our Community Lectures are offered FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, or $20 for 2 CECs approved for counselors, art therapists and social workers. Lectures are listed in the quarterly class schedules and posted on this site.
The Complexity of Domestic Violence Andrea Verswijver, M.A., M.S., LMHC Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6-8pm
This presentation will discuss the Complexity of Domestic Violence by examining the psychological components that make up violent relationships, the elements of power and control, traumatic bonding and the severe levels of manipulation. Participants will learn the basics of assessing for lethality and safety planning. This is a trauma informed presentation which will be sensitive and careful about traumatic material being discussed.
Andrea Verswijver, M.A., M.S., LMHC is a Domestic Violence Specialist for Solace Crisis Treatment Center at Christus St. Vincent Hospital. Andrea’s role is to meet and assist victims/survivors of Domestic violence at the hospital as a crisis counselor and to assist in safety planning. Andrea also provides trainings to the hospital staff and associates on “Trauma Informed Care”, “Vicarious Trauma” and “The Dynamics of Domestic Violence”. Andrea’s past experience which led her to become a trauma treatment therapist was a combination of victim advocacy in the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office and as a Mediator/Dialogue Facilitator for survivors and offenders of violent crime. Andrea’s path on this journey began as an International Monitor to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa in 1998.