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Friday, January 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


UJA-Federation of New York
130 E 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Inside Intimate Partner Violence: Meanings, Mechanisms, Impact, and Repair for Early Childhood Witnesses, Survivor Caregivers and Abusive Partners

With Erica Willheim, Ph.D.

About the Program

Working with families affected by IPV can be difficult and at times dispiriting, but as clinicians we strive to advocate, maintain hope, and help families heal. In order to do our best possible work, it is important that we keep ourselves grounded in theory, research, and clinical knowledge. In this program, we will examine Intimate Partner Violence from multiple perspectives: the mechanics of IPV; risk factors and statistical prevalence; theory and research regarding the impact of IPV-trauma on early childhood, parenting, and the parent-child relationship; risks and resilience in intergenerational transmission; the role of IPV as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE); and key elements of therapeutic interventions for survivor caregivers and young children. Importantly, in this program we will additionally address the role of the abusive partner in terms of typologies, the impact of historical and personal trauma, and the state of current therapeutic interventions.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), i.e. definition, dynamics, tactics, types of abuse, cycles of abuse, exposure statistics/prevalence
  2. Increase their understanding of the impact that IPV exposure has in terms of physiology, psychology, and behavior for young children and their caregivers and key elements of intervention
  3. Increase their awareness and knowledge about the psychology and behavior of abusive partners as well as state -of-the-art therapeutic interventions

The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register.

About the Instructor

Erica Willheim, Ph.D., is Research Assistant Professor at the Child Study Center in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, an instructor on the faculty of the Institute for Parenting at Adelphi University, and a nationally endorsed trainer in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Dr. Willheim’s clinical and research areas of focus are early childhood mental health and trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in parents and young children, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, the specific impact of domestic violence exposure on young children and caregivers, abusive partner group interventions, and CPP with offending fathers. She has over 20 years’ experience working in a broad range of NYC settings with high-risk young children, adolescents, adults, and families, particularly those involved in the criminal justice and child welfare systems who have suffered violent trauma exposure. Dr. Willheim has trained and supervised clinicians in CPP since 2009 and authored “Dyadic Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children: Child-Parent Psychotherapy” in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, and co-authored “The Effects of Violent Experience on Infants and Young Children”, in C.H. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health—4th Edition (in press).


Early registration deadline is by December 28, 2018.

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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • CASAC Renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Psychology (At school discretion – 6 hours)
  • Education (At school discretion – 6 hours)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.

Coronavirus Update: As New York is on a "pause" for social distancing purposes, all in-person events for the next several weeks have been converted to online, postponed or canceled. Please check this page as information will be updated as possible—and call ahead before any upcoming in-person events until further notice. Thanks. 

For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 8
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