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9/13/2019  |   1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Cascade E

Guidelines for Evaluations and Services of Domestic Violence Offenders: Use of the Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Evaluation (DVRNE) to Individualize Treatment

This presentation introduces participants to the guidelines for behavioral health services of domestic violence offenders in Utah, including application of the Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Evaluation. This workshop will prepare participants with research and procedures to use the updated Domestic Violence Risk and Needs Evaluation tool when conducting domestic violence offender evaluations. The UADVT encourages all clinicians in Utah who provide DV offender evaluations to use the DVRNE tool and to participate in training before doing so. It is a required evaluation tool to be used for offender clients receiving DCFS treatment funding, and for which clinicians must show evidence of specific training. This presentation utilizes two break-out session slots to address the full material.

Derrik Tollefson (Co-Presenter), Utah State University, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, derrik.tollefson@usu.edu;
Dr. Derrik Tollefson is a Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University. Dr. Tollefson has conducted a number of evaluations of human services programs including child welfare, mental health, and domestic violence programs. He is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters and presents regularly at national and international conferences. He serves as secretary, and has held the positions of president and past president of the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on social work practice, research methods, program evaluation, family violence, and child welfare. He holds a clinical social work license from the State of Utah and maintains a part-time private counseling practice. Dr. Tollefson received a bachelor’s degree in social work and sociology from Utah State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Utah. He has previously held academic appointments at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and the University of Utah. He lives in Wellsville, Utah with his wife, Cassie, and their children. He enjoys horseback riding, boating, hunting, and fishing.

Elizabeth Albertsen (Primary Presenter), Valley Behavioral Health, elizabetha@vmh.com;
Dr. Albertsen is a psychologist and the Domestic Violence Attending Clinician for Valley Behavioral Health, whose work responsibilities include support of Valley’s Pathways Domestic Violence Shelter and community victim advocate services in Tooele County, and support for clinicians who provide behavioral health services for victims and offenders of domestic violence throughout Valley Behavioral Health. She also provides direct clinical work at the Forensic Clinic of Valley Behavioral Health in Salt Lake City. Her work as a clinician has focused on services for people with severe psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders, and court-ordered populations. Dr. Albertsen is the immediate past president of the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment (UADVT). She participates in the Salt Lake Domestic Violence Coalition, the Tooele County Domestic Violence Coalitions, the Executive Director’s Workgroup of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and the Domestic Violence Offender Management Group of Utah’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkley, California, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Walla Walla University in Washington state. Dr. Albertsen enjoys time with her family, board games, gardening, and playing clarinet.


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