Trauma Exposure Reaction

Safe and Together model helps Ohio use Alternative Response to better address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy has produced a report on the efforts of the Ohio IPV Collaborative, which “seeks to reduce the entry of children experiencing violence in their homes into foster care by forging community partnerships to develop a collaborative and holistic response to intimate partner […]

10 item checklist about the intersection of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues

by David Mandel, MA, LPC Domestic violence frequently co-occurs with mental health and substance abuse issues.   A batterer may be diagnosed correctly or inappropriately with mental health issues.  A domestic violence survivor may also have a substance abuse problem.  A child who has been exposed to batterer’s behaviors may have […]

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David Mandel guest blogs for Hartford Courant Overcoming Battered Lives Series

Tomorrow, September 2, I will be a guest blogger for the Hartford Courant Series Overcoming Battered Lives.  The focus of the blog post will be men and domestic violence.  I will be responding to comments on the blog all day.

Overcoming Battered Lives

The Hartford Courant recently started an on-going series of articles on domestic violence. Their in-depth look at  domestic violence in CT can be accessed here.  As part of this series, Kristen Selleck,  one of the DCF domestic violence consultants trained in the Safe and Together model and a trainer for […]

Assessing for domestic violence is important for worker safety

by David Mandel Assaults against child welfare workers are generally rare but I recently came in contact with a case where the worker was assaulted by client during a visit.  For agencies  where workers are going into the home for any reason—child welfare, parent aide, in-home family support or other […]

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Short and long term PTSD symptoms documented in child welfare workers

by David Mandel The March/April 2009 Child Welfare League of America publication Children’s Voices cited a recent study conducted by the New York Administration for Children Services in conjunction with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine which found significant evidence of short and long post traumatic stress symptoms in child […]

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This work changes us (and we should be talking about it)

by David Mandel I  want to recommend a book that I just finished reading.  It’s  “Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky with Connie Burk.     The book, which is about the impact of working with trauma, should be mandatory […]

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