NAMA October Newsletter

2015 NAMA International Conference – Anger, Aggression, and Violence
March 12-13, 2015 – The Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, IL 
The NAMA Board of Directors and Midwest Chapter of NAMA are extremely excited to announce the following presenters who have been selected to speak at this very important NAMA conference

  • Ron Potter-Efron, PhD, MSW
  • Howard Kassinove, PhD
  • Christian Conte, PhD
  • Bernard Golden, PhD
  • Michael Toohey, PhD
  • Lynette Hoy, LPC and Steve Yeschek, LCSW
  • Glen Cannon, LCPC
  • Laura Moss and Rich Pfeiffer, PhD
  • Adam Guss, LCSW
  • Andy Prisco, PERT Supervisor, Western State Hospital
  • Siegel Bartley, PhD
  • Cornell Brunson, D.Th, LCADC

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Co-Sponsored by: NAMA and the Midwest Chapter of NAMA

There is Still Time to Register to Become a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I
Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification 2-Day Seminar, October 11 & 12, 2014, Hyatt House Charlotte Airport Hotel, Charlotte, NC
This training event for the CDVS-I credential will take place this fall in the delightful Hyatt House Charlotte Airport Hotel. Dr. Ron Potter-Efron and Pat Potter-Efron will facilitate this important Domestic Violence training event. The Certification training is open to anyone holding a minimum of the CAMS-I credential. Here are some of the topics to be covered:
Description: Why are you interested in this area? What are your personal experiences with domestic violence? What is your concept of “offenders”? What is your concept of “victims”?
History of domestic violence treatment and current approaches. 
Description: The power and control model; evidence-based protocols; gender similarities and differences; justifications for individual and group treatment; considerations for eventual couples therapy. Anger/domestic violence connections.
Assessment of client’s capacity for domestic aggression. Lecture with handouts.
Description: Use of available tools to assess appropriateness for treatment and likelihood of domestic violence; follow up tools after treatment to assess effectiveness of treatment.
The most critical concept: safety first. 
Description: Channeling all work toward physical safety; concept of psychological safety; communication with shelters; restraining orders/no contact orders; legal and ethical considerations; the community as client; working with the courts and probation departments; awareness of possible effects of early traumatization, child abuse and neglect upon offenders.
Levels and types of aggression.
Description: Types of anger and domestic violence. The varieties of power and control; varieties of anger/aggression including passive aggression, etc.; sexual abuse as an aspect of domestic violence. Rage as distinct from anger.
Brain change and its relevance to domestic violence offender treatment. 
Description: Presentation of a domestic violence offender treatment program specifically designed around brain change concepts.
Levels of treatment and topics in groups. 
Description: Presentation of two levels of domestic violence offender treatment: 10 session vs. 50 session programs. Gender specific differences in programming topics. Necessary and optional topics to present in groups. Creation of own twenty-four session program.
Developing positive directions for clients.
Description: Instilling hope; rewarding success; improving self-worth; working with clients’ strengths.
Adapting standard anger management techniques to domestic violence offender treatment.
Description: The need to adapt standard anger management techniques to situations relevant to domestic violence offenders.
Shame and shame-based rage as predictors of domestic violence. 
Description: Discussion of two concerns highly correlated with domestic violence.
Increasing client empathy. 
Description: Emphasis upon teaching participants how to help clients improve this critical skill.
Related issues.
Description: Attachment, jealousy and insecurity as predictors of domestic violence; alcohol/drug abuse; depression; anxiety; brain damage, etc.
Alternatives to violence.
Discussion: Important positive directions to help clients move beyond domestic violence and aggression. Topics include respectful relationships; positive parenting.