Professional Development Services

The Full Operating Level Applicant shall meet all of the following training criteria:

Master degree level applicants shall have 154 hours (bachelor level applicants shall demonstrate 203 hours) of documented training specifically related to domestic violence evaluation and treatment methods. All applicants shall demonstrate a balanced training history with 21 hours of legal issues, 35 hours devoted to victim issue subject areas, 49 hours offender evaluation and assessment, and 49 hours offender facilitation and treatment planning. Bachelor applicants shall also demonstrate 49 hours of training on basic counseling skills.

Legal Issues (21)
  • Addiction Counseling Skills (21 hours)
  • Colorado domestic violence and family violence related laws
  • Orders of Protection
  • Forensic therapy
  • Confidentiality and duty to warn in domestic violence cases
  • Treatment within the criminal justice system

Domestic Violence Victim Issues (35 hours required from these topics areas)
  • Role of victim advocate in domestic violence offender treatment
  • Offender containment and working with a victim advocate
  • Crisis intervention
  • Legal issues including confidentiality, duty to warn, and orders of protection
  • Impact of domestic violence on victims
  • Safety planning
  • Victim dynamics to include obstacles and barriers to leaving abusive relationships
  • Trauma issues

Domestic Violence Offender Evaluation and Assessment (49 hours required from these topics)
  • Clinical interviewing skills with domestic violence offenders
  • Domestic Violence Risk assessment/li>
  • Substance abuse screening
  • Criminal justice cases and the use of collateral sources of information
  • Types of abuse
  • Domestic violence offender typologies
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Criminal thinking errors
  • Criminogenic needs

Facilitation and Treatment Planning (49 hours required from these topics)
  • Substance abuse and domestic violence
  • Offender self management
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Provider role in offender management and containment
  • Forensic psychotherapy
  • Coordination with criminal justice system
  • Offender accountability
  • Recognizing and overcoming offender resistanc
  • Offender contracts
  • Ongoing assessment: skills and tools