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Digital Seminar

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) - Strategies, Resources and Critical Information.

Jennifer Sanbrook
2 Hours 46 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 05, 2024
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Intimate partner violence is almost always concealed by fear and shame... and that can make it very difficult to identify and address this in your clients. 

These situations are often complicated by trauma, personality disorders and culture.

Having the critical knowledge, skills and resources will support your ability to respond in a skilled and ethical way and may be the beginning of a safe future for your client. 

This training session is packed with information and resources including: 

  • Screening instruments and tools

  • Safety plans, strategy checklists, apps and websites

  • Abusive behaviour inventory

  • The cycle of violence

  • The excuse interpreter

  • The equality wheel

  • The power & control wheel

  • Assertiveness and self-care tools

Legal and ethical frameworks, record-keeping, subpoenas, and court orders are also explained.

Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence is growing socially and within the helping professions with reporting rates on the increase in therapeutic settings. In this presentation Jenny Sanbrook takes you through a step-by-step discovery of IPV in both individual and couples therapy.  Case examples are unpacked within a framework of the latest theory and research to ensure you thoroughly grasp demographic, socioeconomic and inter-generational factors along with areas such as comorbid conditions and IPV post-separation. 

Accurate knowledge and clinical experience when responding to IPV is essential especially when there are no overt physical signs of violence and instead where control is the primary form of abuse.   Statistics show that women experiencing IPV use health care and counselling settings more often than non abused women leaving you, the therapist, in a unique position to support women who report IPV.  

Jenny gives  you clear ways to identify signs of IPV, barriers to progress and beliefs and attitudes to IPV and you will be equipped with the most current and proven strategies, support tools, resources, ethical guidelines and standards.

Register now to transform into a prepared professional who can recognise and respond to IPV.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Jenny Sanbrook holds a degree in Social Work and a Masters of Couple and Family Therapy obtained at the University of NSW in 1995. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Certified Gottman Therapist, she has been working in her own private practice for the last 17 years. Jenny completed her Level 1 Gottman Method presenter training in Canada in 2023 and is now beginning to conduct her own training workshops in this model.

Jenny began her career in 1995 in Adult Community Mental Health in Western Sydney where she worked on a crisis mental health team. She then worked with young people with first episode psychosis. After this she began her work with adolescents and families at Westmead Hospital Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry (Redbank House) where she stayed for 7 years. This was a training ground for Attachment Theory and trauma informed practice along with Systems Theory which places importance on interpersonal and relationship dynamics rather than a person's personality or "diagnosis". Later she worked at the Family Systems Institute, where she was trained in Bowen Family Systems Theory which emphasised the influence of Family of Origin.

In addition to these theoretical influences, Jenny is trained to use Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, Mindfulness Strategies, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and parenting /attachment with the Positive Parenting Program.

Of most importance Jenny uses a person centred approach emphasising unconditional positive regard for all of her clients inviting them to gain greater clarity and peace in their lives



Background, beliefs and attitudes to IPV

  • Theoretical background to IPV
  • Statistical data and demographics
  • Individual, family and macro factors influencing the presentation of IPV
  • Characteristics of victims and perpetrators

 Therapeutic Models and Considerations in Couple and Individual Therapy

  • Screening and assessment tools relevant for different settings
  • Managing risk and protective factors associated with IPV
  • Couples Work - Establishing safety and responsibility
  • Individual Work - Recovering a voice
  • Support services and resources

Comorbidities, countertransference and complex cases

  • Complex cases and tricky personalities
  • Managing dynamics in the room
  • Setting and maintaining boundaries
  • Dealing with aggression and high conflict cases
  • Subpoena’s and ADVO’s
  • Therapist Supervision



  1. Display an understanding of the background, beliefs and attitudes to IPV
  2. Build Knowledge of important statistical data 

  3. Identify individual, family and macro factors influencing the presentation of IPV

  4. Articulate a deep understanding of the characteristics of victims and perpetrators

  5. Utilise and justify the use of relevant screening and assessment tools relevant for different settings

  6. Demonstrate proficiency in assessing and managing risk and protective factors associated with IPV

  7. Identify and consider appropriate therapeutic models and clinical skills when working with IPV and follow a template as outlined below:

    1. Assessment and engagement

    2. Risk and Safety planning

    3. Developing Self-efficacy

    4. Skills building and therapy
  8. Specify relevant support services 

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