New APA training program helps professionals treat young victims of violence

The Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence program helps mental health providers effectively build children’s resilience and facilitate their recovery

APA’s Violence Prevention Office recently launched an initiative to raise awareness of the impact of violence on children and provide practitioners with effective assessments and treatments. By assembling the best available tools and models, the program offers busy mental health professionals a simplified way to increase their knowledge and skills. The initiative also promotes culturally competent services and highlights the importance of involving families in treatment.

The Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence programWorking with the National Center for Victims of Crime, Childhelp and APA’s Office of Continuing Education in Psychology, the program provides an array of training options, including in-person workshops, an online classroom and a training DVD. In addition to offering continuing education credits, each of these resources provides trauma assessment tools and trauma-focused, evidence-based treatment models. Members interested in training other providers can attend an upcoming train-the-trainer workshop in Chicago, March 16-17. Apply online by Feb. 29.

Contact Ayesha Gaston, office manager at the APA Violence Prevention Office, via email or at (202) 336-5957 for more information.

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