Preventing and Responding to Family Violence During COVID-19

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About the Series:

The webinars in this series will use case examples and dialogue between experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to address critical questions that mental health providers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Via telehealth, providers are getting a glimpse into clients’ home lives and they are encountering complex family interactions all during a time of stress and danger, with community supports challenged to respond.


Experts devote the first segment of each hour-long session to a specific topic and then address questions submitted by registrants. Recordings of the presentations and additional resources, including an FAQ document, will be posted below following each session.


Download the series flyer here.

NCTSN presenters help providers - even those not accustomed to working with children or families - with practical answers to questions such as:

  • How to normalize stress and concerns about safety during this time?
  • How to identify risk factors and signs of violence?
  • How to assess level of risk, taking into consideration other family situations and dynamics?
  • How to identify intervention points and work in partnership with families to prevent escalation of violence?
  • What are child safety principles and practical strategies for maintaining safety?
  • How to support conversations with parents and children about violence?


Participants in this series will:

  • Learn from case examples depicting complex family scenarios
  • Apply a trauma-informed lens to families at risk for conflict and violence
  • Identify risk and protective factors and apply this information to intervene with families
  • Apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to work with families under stress
  • Understand Secondary Traumatic Stress and consider their own STS levels and potential self-care strategies
  • Appraise the current context of community systems response


Note: All 1-hour sessions take place at 10am PT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET. Certificates of attendance will be provided to all who attend at least 50% (30 minutes) of the live webinar. CEUs are not available for these sessions.

July 14 | Supporting Families of Young Children at Risk for Ongoing Domestic Violence
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July 21 | "Keeping it in the Family:" Addressing Family Conflict in the Time of COVID-19
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July 28 | Minimizing Risk for Conflict/Coercion in Families with School-Age Children
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August 11 | When the Monsters Live with Us: Reflections on the Intersection of Structural Inequities, COVID-19 and Intimate Partner Violence and its impact on Young Children in Latin American Families (en español)
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The MHTTC Network has also partnered with the National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health for a 3-part webinar series on intimate partner violence, Working at the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health launching on July 8. Learn more here.

Questions? Please email Jessica Gonzalez at 

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