Registration open for online domestic violence intervention training

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, in partnership with New Hope for Women of Rockland, will offer two online sessions of intimate partner/domestic violence intervention training from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Feb. 11–12 and March 9–10. 

The 12-hour curriculum, delivered over two days, was developed by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and partners in the mental health field to meet domestic violence training requirements for psychologists, clinical social workers and licensed clinical counselors enacted by the Maine legislature in 2013.

These sessions of “Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Intervention for Mental Health Professionals Certification” are designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders. Four three-hour modules include information that prepares participants to work with those who have experienced or perpetrated domestic violence and abuse.

Program topics include the foundations of domestic abuse, addressing the lasting impact of domestic abuse, intervention strategies for mitigating domestic abuse, and trauma-informed and culturally competent responses to domestic abuse. 

New Hope staff members Rebekah Shaw and Jesse Lucas will facilitate the training. 

Shaw, who currently serves as the advocacy and education director at New Hope, has been a domestic violence advocate for more than five years, and has extensive experience working with child protective services, creating safety plans and developing and delivering training to diverse audiences. Lucas, who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at UMaine, is the prevention educator for New Hope for Women in Knox and Waldo Counties. With expertise in trauma-informed care and anti-oppression frameworks, she focuses on educating the community about domestic violence.

The course fee is $150 per person or $60 for UMaine students; online registration is required. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to participants who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties.

For scholarship information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, 207.338.8002;