Shelter from the Storm: Effective Interventions with Children Affected by Domestic Violence

Friday, March 2, 2012
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Adelphi Alumni House
Garden City Campus

Directions to Campus

About the Program

Recent research informs us that children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk for emotional, behavioral, cognitive, academic, and social problems. A disproportionate number of children who are exposed to domestic violence are under the age of eight and are overlooked because of the common myth that they are too young to understand or be affected and won’t remember what happened anyway. In addition, these children are often referred to as the “forgotten” victims because many interventions target only the adult victim or the batterer.  Building on the research and clinical experience of the Child Witness to Violence Project at the Boston Medical Center, this workshop will explore the effects of how young children are affected by domestic violence. Particular attention will be given to the effects of traumatic exposure to domestic violence on the parent-child relationship, and the developmental vulnerabilities of very young children. The instructor will explain the components of an assessment of risk and dangerousness for families affected by domestic violence and assessing family strengths and protective parenting practices. Principles of a relationship based child-parent intervention for exposure to domestic violence that is inclusive of the care giving environment will also be elucidated. The workshop will be enlivened through the use lecture, illustrative case examples and case discussion.

About the Instructor

Betsy McAlister Groves, M.S.W., LICSW is the founding Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center and the Co-Director of the Child Protection Team. The Child Witness to Violence Project provides developmentally informed, trauma-focused intervention to young children and their parents. It receives funding as a site in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Ms. Groves serves as co-chair of the Domestic Violence Workgroup at the NCTSN.  Ms. Groves holds academic appointments as an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and as adjunct professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has served for the past 12 years on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault of Massachusetts. In 2010 she was appointed to the National Advisory Commission for the US Department of Justice Office of Violence against Women. In addition, she has served in various advisory and consultative capacities for the US Department of Justice, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. She is the author of a book, Children who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project (2002), and has published extensively on topics related to childhood trauma and intervention.

Who Should Attend

Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants , Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Speech Pathologists,  Psychologists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Students and Others who professionally impact the lives of  adults, families and children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • ASHA
  • Psychology     
  • NBCC
  • OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours or .6 ASHA Credits

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an approved provider of the National Board for Certified Counselors- Approved Education Providers (NBCC-ACEP).


Continuing Education Certificates:  Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits:  Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work.  Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: Adelphi University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on accreditation.

Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee.  Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512

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