Ethical Issues in Intimate Partner Violence & Child Custody

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Intimate Partner Violence is one of the most challenging fields of practice for social workers/mental health providers, because of the intersection with the criminal justice system. Although the best interests of the child requires the court to consider domestic violence in determining custody, courts often view allegations of domestic violence during divorce and custody as a ‘he said, she said’ situation.  Strategies and interventions in assisting survivors during this process will be explored.  Participants are encouraged to share their expertise in their work with survivors during the court process and after.  The importance of self-care for both survivors and social workers/mental health providers will be discussed.

For all in-person attendees:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out an abundance of caution for the health and wellbeing of you, our colleagues around the state, the following precautions are being required:

  1. Face coverings must be worn by each attendee for the duration of the workshop; regardless of vaccination status.
  2. Seating will be at a reduced capacity in an effort to maintain a minimum of 6 foot distance. When arriving at, leaving, and moving about the training location, please attempt to maintain a social distance.
  3. Each attendee will have a complete and individual set of handouts, worksheets, and/or supplies provided at their seat.
  4. Sweetser staff will sanitize each table and chair before and after your workshop. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available for attendees throughout the training.

Thank you for your understanding and support in ensuring we all get through this safe and healthy.

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