This is an On-Demand course that includes an audio recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.

Intimate Partner Violence

Drs. Iverson and Green distill the key things an individual therapist should know about intimate partner violence. In this hour-long lesson, they cover:

  • Recognizing and assessing interpersonal violence, clinical signs and “red flags” and evaluating level of violence and risk (e.g., differentiating between “common couples violence” and clinically significant violence)
  • Providing education, safety planning tools, tips, and resources
  • Evidence-Based Interventions for addressing interpersonal violence; translating research on revictimization into clinical practice
  • Logistical Issues such as mandated reporting considerations and safety and boundaries for therapist

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Define clinically significant partner violence and distinguish it from other forms of couples conflict.
  • Discuss basic guidelines for providing therapeutic support and intervention for clients who report clinically significant partner violence.
  • Describe key logistical issues to address when working with clients who report clinically significant partner violence, including mandated reporting requirements and maintenance of safety and boundaries for therapists.


Dr. Green is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (RI#PS01202), an Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and a Research Associate and Consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her graduate training at Rutgers University and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Green was previously an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and served as the Clinical Director of a dual-diagnosis treatment program in the VA Boston Healthcare System from 2009 – 2012. In that role, she adapted evidence-based practices for the dual-diagnosis Veteran population, led program evaluation efforts for multiple substance abuse clinics, and provided clinical supervision and training on evidence-based practices to psychiatry residents and psychology interns. Dr. Green has clinical expertise in the areas of evidence-based assessment and treatment, evidence-based program development and quality improvement, comorbid substance use and mental health disorders, couples therapy, psychotherapy with Veterans, and treatment issues for sexual/gender minorities.

Katherine (Kate) is a clinical research psychologist in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University.  She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, clinical psychology program where she received in-depth training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has since sought out specialized training in other evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy. Kate’s research and clinical work focus on the identification and treatment of individuals who experience psychological distress stemming from interpersonal trauma, particularly intimate partner violence (IPV). Kate has trained hundreds of clinicians in evidence-based practices for addressing IPV in individual and couples therapy contexts.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.