Intimate Partner Violence: Clinical Interventions with Partners and Their Children

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Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 9, 2021 - Psychology - 194 pages

Intimate Partner Violence: Clinical Interventions with Partners and Their Children brings into focus an ecological and clinical frame for addressing the resulting psychological effects of intimate partner violence (IPV). Aymer presents a perspective that is often omitted from social science textbooks which are geared to policy practice, tending to expose students to macro-systemic ideas (including criminal justice policies and procedures) relative to IPV. However, this book expands clinical practice pedagogy by reinforcing the need for students to go beyond macro issues in order to deliver competent clinically-based interventions that help partners and their children work through the consequential effects of partner violence. Designed for graduate students in social work, psychology, gender studies and allied mental health programs, it expands the discourse, arguing that IPV is a complex psycho-social-political-relational problem that must be understood from a multi-theoretical perspective. Through case studies, theory, research, and the author's clinical practice wisdom, this text will: increase understanding of how to work clinically with women affected by IPV, increase knowledge of how to work with abusive men, heighten knowledge of how IPV affects children and adolescents, expand knowledge of social and cultural notions, and explore men's role in terms of advocating against gender-based violence.


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CHAPTER 1 The Traditional Framing of Intimate Partner Violence
Centering Black and Brown Women
An Object Relations Framework
Practice Issues
CHAPTER 5 Mothering and Motherhood in the Context of IPV
CHAPTER 6 Toxic Masculinity and Men Who Batter
CHAPTER 7 A SelfPsychological Frame for Working with an Abused Woman
A Call to Action Concerning Violence against Women and Girls
Countertransferential Reactions Supervision and SelfCare
APPENDIX 2 A Biopsychosocial Assessment Framework for IPV Cases Involving Cisgender Women
APPENDIX 3 A Biopsychosocial Assessment Framework for IPV Cases Involving Cisgender Men

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Samuel R. Aymer, PhD, is associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. For over twenty-five years, Dr. Aymer worked as a therapist in the field of intimate partner abuse with abused women and abusive men, as a group facilitator for batterers' treatment programs, and as a director of training for programs designed to serve victims and abusers of intimate partner abuse and community violence. He also supervised counselors and therapists who served abused women, children, and abusive men. Currently, his research and scholarship center on the multiple ways in which IPV affects the psychosocial needs of children and adults, as well as the application of psychodynamic theories in clinical work with diverse client populations.

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