Course curriculum

    1. How to use this course

    1. Course Description and Learning Objective

    2. About the Instructor

    3. Continuing Education (CE) Information

    4. Course FAQ

    5. Disclaimer and Course Requirements

    1. Prep Quiz

    2. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Providing a Path to Healing

    3. Safety Plan

    4. References

    5. Directions for Quiz and Certificate

    6. Quiz

    1. Evaluation

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About this course

  • 14 lessons

Course Description

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Providing a Path to Healing


Millions of people in the United States are affected by Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) each year. It is a form of abuse or aggression that can occur in any type of romantic relationship, including marriages and serious and casual dating partnerships. IPV can include physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse, and can seriously impact a person’s daily living and health and well-being. More than bruises and scars, the signs of IPV are not always visibly seen. Many people are suffering from conditions such as depression, anxiety, isolation, low self-esteem, and alcoholism as a result of IPV. The short and long-term damaging effects can affect anyone exposed to IPV.


Children who witness intimate partner violence in their homes are at risk of developing emotional, physical, and behavioral problems later in life. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are harmful experiences that occur in a child’s life.  Being exposed to IPV as a child is an adverse childhood experience (ACE). This course will examine the impact on individuals who were exposed to IPV and ACEs. 


This course should particularly benefit social workers and other mental health professionals supporting children and adults who have been exposed to IPV and ACEs.  It will provide strategies for social workers to provide trauma-informed and culturally responsive support for clients who are affected by IPV and ACEs. Receiving concrete support from helping professionals can assist those affected by IPV and ACEs in positive and uplifting ways. By providing education and support, social workers and other mental health professionals can help clients affected by IPV and ACEs to heal and flourish beyond the experience.


This is an intermediate-level course and there are no specific prerequisites for this course. The course is open to social workers and other mental health professionals, students, and individuals interested in gaining knowledge and skills related to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Providing a Path to Healing.

 Learning Objectives & Agenda

  • Demonstrate and enhance their ability to recognize signs and symptoms of intimate partner violence.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of effectively using the ‘Power and Control’ wheel as a tool to assist clients experiencing domestic violence and identify aspects of their abuse.

  • Demonstrate the importance of working with survivors of abuse in a manner that seeks to reduce shame and stigma.

  • Understand the appropriate skills and methods to implement a safety plan to use with survivors of abuse.

  • Define, describe, and explain intimate partner violence (IPV)

  • Discuss the history of intimate partner violence and society's views of helping survivors of IPV. 

  • Describe and explain various types and patterns of abuse

  • Define, describe, and explain power and control

  • Define, describe, and explain Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs 

  • Discuss the connection between ACEs and IPV, and the damaging effects of being exposed to IPV. 

  • Identify strategies for establishing safety and healing

  • Discuss specific strength-based tools for social workers to support clients affected by IPV


Outline (2 hour breakdown)

  • 0:00-0:05: Trainer Introduction + Learning objectives

  • 0:05-0:30: 

    • Demonstrate and enhance their ability to recognize signs and symptoms of intimate partner violence.

    • Demonstrate an understanding of effectively using the ‘Power and Control’ wheel as a tool to assist clients experiencing domestic violence and identify aspects of their abuse.

  • 0:30-0:60

    • Demonstrate the importance of working with survivors of abuse in a manner that seeks to reduce shame and stigma.

    • Understand the appropriate skills and methods to implement a safety plan to use with survivors of abuse.

  • 1:00-1:10:

    • Discuss the connection between ACEs and IPV, and the damaging effects of being exposed to IPV.

  • 1:10-1:20: Break

  • 1:20-1:35: Identify strategies for establishing safety and healing

  • 1:35-1:45: Conclusion + Summary

    1:45-1:55: Questions & Answers

  • 2:00-2:15: Closing & Evaluation



Lead Trainer

Executive Director Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Sharea Farmer is the Founder and Executive Director of RS Counseling & Wellness with over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her expertise in both clinical and administration has allowed her to work in the private and public sectors as an advocate for employee wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Race Equity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Her unique practice that focuses on empowerment and education creates transformative wellness for her clients that range from executive leadership teams to supervisors to staff. RS Wellness has developed employee resilience plans and trauma-informed care programs for state and public health agencies, as well as educational groups, both locally and nationally. Sharea received a BA in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers where she’s been teaching since 2014. She is on the World Childhood Foundation Advisory Board for a two-year term from 2021-2023. On the board, she’ll have the chance to use the Equity & Inclusion lens to determine program eligibility for funding in the area of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children. Sharea lives in New Jersey with her husband. She enjoys all things basketball, live NBA games, traveling, coloring, and spending time with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Certificates will be awarded after completion of the full Webinar and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/23 to 2/28/2026  Social workers completing this course receive 3-clinical continuing education credits. 

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP):

Radiant Sunshine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7371. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

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