Patient Care Services
January 11, 2017 Webinar Announcement
“Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Veterans”
Originally Broadcast January 11, 2017
This webinar focuses on the problem of intimate partner violence (IPV) in military populations. First, the speaker will discuss the etiology of IPV in Veterans, with a particular focus on how trauma may influence the ways in which we view and interpret our social world. This discussion will also focus on common risk factors for IPV, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, head injury, and substance abuse. Next, the discussion shifts to IPV intervention, with material on how to motivate Veterans to work on issues related to IPV and other violence, how to develop a positive therapeutic relationship, and how to build a cohesive group environment. Information regarding an example of an effective IPV program will be covered, as well as scientific evidence for the intervention.
Following the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Understand the social information processing model for intimate partner violence.
- Understand challenges to violence prevention and strategies for overcoming these challenges.
- Be able to discuss strategies for motivating those who use intimate partner violence to increase their engagement in the therapy process.
Casey Taft, PhD is a staff psychologist at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the VA Boston Healthcare System, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Taft has served as Principal Investigator on funded grants focusing on understanding and preventing partner violence through the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Defense. He was the primarily developer of the Strength at Home program to prevent intimate partner violence, with current grants to implement the program within the VA and in military settings.
Dr. Taft was the 2006 Young Professional Award winner from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the 2009 Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award winner. He is on the Editorial Boards of five journals and has chaired an American Psychological Association task force on trauma in the military, and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally.
The "Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health" Promising Practice is funded by the VA Office of Rural Health.