Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification Brain Change Course (DVD)

Brain Change Curriculum for Domestic Violence (Offender Treatment Leaders Manual)

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The Brain Change Curriculum for Domestic Violence Offender Treatment is the result of Dr. Ron Potter- Efron and Pat Potter-Efron’s work and experience in providing anger management and domestic violence treatment for almost 30 years. The combination of their experience and wealth of knowledge in the field of neuroscience has earned the endorsement of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA). The integration of neuroscience, anger management, and domestic violence proves significant for the treatment of domestic violence offenders. For instance the volume of brain matter increases substantially as an individual chooses to practice a new skill. This curriculum offers an innovative ‘brain change plan’ with a focus on ‘safety for all’.

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  • 13 and 52 Session ‘Brain Change’ Domestic Violence Education Program
  • Session by session descriptions
  • Individual Brain Change Plan
  • Negative Effects of Domestic Violence on Self
  • Log Book and Homework
  • Change How You Think
  • Behavioral Interventions to Eliminate Domestic Violence
  • Stress Management Skills
  • Creating a Safe and Positive Couple and Family Environment
  • Dealing with resentment and hate
  • Mindfulness
  • Fair Fighting
  • Oppositionality and cooperation
  • Empathy
  • Rage
  • Values Clarification
  • Jealousy and relationship insecurity
  • Positive Parenting
  • Taking 100% responsibility
  • Attachment styles/Trust
  • Sex, intimacy and sexual abuse
  • Anger styles
  • PTSD
  • Selfishness, selflessness, and mutual caring
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Saying “No” to mutual escalation
  • HALT: hungry, anxious, lonely, tired
  • Respect: Partner’s bill of rights
  • The Arts of negotiation and compromise
  • Much More

Authors and Presenters

Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD, is a clinical psychotherapist who specializes in domestic violence, anger management, and the treatment of addictions. He is a Distinguished Diplomate of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) and the author of many books including “Angry All the Time” and the “Handbook of Anger Management and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment”.

Patricia S. Potter-Efron, MS, is a clinical psychotherapist, domestic violence group facilitator, and co-author of numerous books including “Letting Go of Shame”. She is a Distinguished Diplomate of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) and a Certified Anger Management Specialist-V (CAMS-V) and Certified Domestic Violence Specialist- V (CDVS-V).