Family or domestic homicide is an extreme form of domestic violence where a household member or significant other is murdered. Familial homicides can take several different forms including the murder of newborns, infants, siblings, children, parents, significant others, or other family members. Motivations for acts of family violence vary by the nature of the relationship between the perpetrator and victim (e.g., spouse-spouse, parent-child, or child-parent). Survivors impacted by the event are left to suffer grave consequences including serious trauma and the loss of a loved one. This half-day training course is designed to introduce attendees to the different manifestations of family homicide as well as its causes, consequences, and risk factors. Intervention, screening, and prevention strategies will also be discussed. Other topics discussed in this training will include adverse life experiences, psychiatric comorbidity, substance misuse, rumination, possessiveness, estrangement, abrupt life changes (e.g., job loss), self-regulation deficits, executive dysfunction, self-destructive behaviors, and humiliation to name a few. Relevant research findings and case studies will be presented throughout the workshop.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Define family homicide and related typologies.
b). Discuss family homicide risk factors and warning signs associated with these complex cases.
c). Acquire knowledge about victim-offender relationships and profiles as they pertain to incidents of family homicide.
d). State potential motivations and neurobiopsychosocial factors for family homicide including family dynamics, psychological factors, traumatic life circumstances, and substance use.
e). Identify clinical, forensic, and legal intervention opportunities, techniques, and strategies aimed at preventing family homicide.
f). Learn and understand screening practices for domestic violence and family homicide.
g). Learn and understand foundational and up-to-date research findings and statistics on family homicide.
Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS
Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS
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