Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in Treatment and Recovery Services: SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE

3 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025

Presenter: Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC

It has long been recognized that abuse by an intimate partner can have traumatic mental health and substance use effects. Research has found high rates of both past and current intimate partner violence (IPV) among people in substance use disorder and mental health treatment settings. A growing body of evidence has found that abuse is often targeted at a partner’s substance use and mental health in deliberate attempts to undermine and control survivors and keep them from achieving their recovery goals. These forms of abuse, known as substance use coercion and mental health coercion, not only jeopardize the well-being of survivors and their children, but also compromise the effectiveness of mental health and substance use disorder treatment. All of this is further complicated by escalating rates and severity of IPV during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will provide treatment and recovery specialists with a conceptual framework for understanding survivors’ patterns of substance use within the context of IPV, will prepare practitioners to recognize and respond to substance use coercion and mental health coercion within treatment and recovery services, and will equip practitioners with strategies and resources tobetter serve survivors and their children.

As a result of participating in this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe coercion related to substance use and mental health within the context of intimate partner violence.
  • Become familiar with evidence-supported interventions to treat substance use, mental health, and trauma in the context of intimate partner violence.
  • Identify at least three strategies to increase responsiveness to survivors of intimate partner violence within treatment and recovery services.

Continuing Education Hours: 2 CEUs

This training is approved for CEUs by the following professional organizations:


  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)


  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
  • Nevada Certification Board (for CHW, PRSS & Prevention)
  • Division of Public and Behavioral Health Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance - Domestic Violence - DVP-2020-17
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Date Sun, Jan 3 2020 12:00 am GMT-8 (America/Los_Angeles)
End Date Wed, Dec 31 2026 12:00 am GMT-8 (America/Los_Angeles)
Registration Start Date Tue, Jul 6 2021 12:00 am GMT-7 (America/Los_Angeles)
Event Time Zone PDT
Cut Off Date Wed, Dec 31 2026 12:00 am GMT-8 (America/Los_Angeles)
Individual Price $40.00
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