Date: March 13, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm (PST)
Presenters: Julie Borba, CATC, Julie DeFranco, MSW, ACSW, Larry Bennett, PhD, LCSW, Theresa Lemus, MBA, RN, LADC

Webinar Description:
Although Family Drug Courts (FDCs) seek to address the connections primarily between substance abuse and child abuse and neglect, participant families with domestic violence (DV) or interpersonal violence present particular challenges to the FDC.  These challenges range from screening protocols, need for coordinated legal and treatment response, and service array to meet the complex needs of family members, including survivors and perpetrators.   Additionally, FDC professionals, may lack the background, experience and/or confidence in screening for DV victimization and perpetration.  This webinar will briefly review current understanding of interpersonal violence as well as DV perpetrators and their victims.  Special attention will focus on screening methods, brief intervention strategies and referrals to services that are most applicable to FDC.  The sharing of knowledge during this presentation will hopefully pave the way for a more coordinated system of care for families who suffer from these complex, intertwined problems.

Learning Objectives:
• To understand the relationships between domestic violence and substance abuse and why  such understanding isimportant for FDC professionals
• To learn screening methods and intervention strategies for FDC teams
• To explore collaborative strategies to respond to families with interpersonal violence, including integration of trauma-informed and gender-responsive practice and coordination with domestic violence prevention/intervention services