Minimizing Risk for Conflict/Coercion in Families with School-Age Children

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This webinar provides an overview of some the risks, consequences, and intervention strategies related to a child’s exposure to conflict and coercion in the home to support clinical efforts to address these situations, especially with the added challenges posed by COVID-19. A current case example in which telehealth is being used illustrates some key assessment, monitoring, and treatment tools that might help practitioners minimize or prevent the impact of these exposures. Additional practical suggestions are outlined to provide a context for encouraging family safety and well-being.

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David J. Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He directs the Special Services Unit at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, a program devoted to promoting the implementation of evidence-based practices for children/adolescents who are victims and/or perpetrators of physical/sexual aggression being served in diverse community settings, such as juvenile justice, child welfare, pediatric primary care, and mental health. He is co-developer of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), an intervention to improve family relationships for those experiencing high conflict/coercion, harsh/punitive discipline, child physical abuse, and/or child behavior problems.



Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience treating childhood trauma in Children’s Advocacy Centers and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault agencies. She provides evidence-based mental health trauma treatment to children and their families and disseminates evidence-based treatment practices. Ms. Fiore is endorsed as a master trainer by the developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and serves as clinical faculty for the NC Child Treatment Program at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Health, a Category III center of the NCTSN. Ms. Fiore is also certified in Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT).

Note: This is the third session of the Preventing and Responding to Family Violence During COVID-19 Series, an online series brought to you by the MHTTC Network and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. For more information on the series, please click here.

July 24, 2020
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