About This Course

In this workshop participants will learn how to recognize and respond when a client presents with a past or present experience of intimate partner abuse (IPA). 

IPA can be challenging discerning and is dangerous to ignore. The manipulative and controlling dynamics of IPA create significant barriers to survivors recognizing and being willing or able to disengage from the relationship. 

This course allows participants an inside look at common tactics of IPA, the cyclical pattern of IPA, the likely trajectory of an abusive relationship, safety considerations, and the complex roles love, loyalty, and freewill play when attempting to support someone to freedom from IPA. 

Participants will leave the course with a practical understanding of how to identify, intervene, and empower people surviving possible or confirmed intimate partner abuse. 

This course encourages utilization of the Stages of Change model so participants can avoid common setbacks which come from responding too passively or too aggressively to active IPA or warning signs thereof. 

This 1.5 hour course will be effective for anyone engaging closely with individuals who may experience intimate partner abuse, including mental health providers, social workers, health care providers, shelter staff, childbirth professionals, teachers or professors, supervisors or employers in any profession, parents or caretakers, and anyone interested in gaining a clear understanding of intimate partner abuse and how to react when we recognize the signs in the relationships of our clients, acquaintances, or loved ones. Participants will earn 1.5 CEUs; a CEU certificate will be emailed upon successful completion of quiz at end of course.

Learning Objectives 

  1. Define Intimate Partner Abuse. 
  2. Identify at least 3 dynamics of Intimate Partner Abuse. 
  3. Describe Safety Planning.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction to this Intimate Partner Abuse Course

    • Introduction to Intimate Partner Abuse (IPA) | Slides

  • 2

    Module 1 - What is Intimate Partner Abuse? Dynamics of Abuse

    • What is Intimate Partner Abuse?

    • What is Intimate Partner Abuse? | Slides

  • 3

    Module 2 - Cycle of Abuse; Perinatal, Mental Health & IPA

    • Understanding the Cycle of Abuse

    • Understanding the Cycle of Abuse | Slides

  • 4

    Module 3 - Safety Planning

    • Safety Planning

    • Safety Planning | Slides

  • 5

    Module 4 - Healing & Loving Again

    • Healing & Loving Again

    • Healing & Loving Again | Slides

  • 6

    Module 5 - Tips for Therapists

    • Tips for Therapists

    • Tips for Therapists | Slides

    • Danger Assessment for Therapists & Counsellors

  • 7

    Module 6 - Options for Survivors

    • Options for Survivors

    • Options for Survivors | Slides

  • 8

    IPA Quiz & Assessment

    • Intimate Partner Abuse (IPA) Course Quiz

About your Course Moderator

Learn more about Emma Rouda

Emma Rouda has spent over six years as a California-certified Confidential Advocate / Counselor for Survivors of Domestic Violence, at Bay Area Domestic Violence Shelters and University Health Centers. She has worked as an educator on a local and national level, spreading knowledge of intimate partner abuse, healthy relationship dynamics, warning signs of abuse, and how to offer trauma-informed support to survivors. 

Emma has advocated for relevant state legislation and has researched the cycle of surviving repeated abusive relationships across the life course. 

She has a Masters of Public Health, concentrating in maternal and child health, Masters of Social Welfare, concentrating in direct health services, Bachelors of Arts in Feminist Studies, and is currently working as a Clinical Social Worker focusing on perinatal mental health at Family Tree Wellness. 

Emma’s lived experience as a survivor of intimate partner abuse herself gives her unique insight into the perspective of the survivor and the complex process of choosing safety over love. 

Emma Rouda is an Associate Clinical Social Worker #94548, Supervised by Jessica Sorci, LMFT #53881.