Ten Strengths-Based Concepts/Interventions for Domestic Violence Services
Offenders and victims of Domestic Violence/ Intimate Partner Abuse (DV) often enter services presenting with mistrust, defensiveness, hopelessness, shame, and/or denial. A strengths-based approach helps create an environment in which clients feel safe, open, and engaged. It is an approach that promotes prosocial development and helps stop the intergenerational transmission of abuse/ violence. This presentation will highlight 10 strengths-based concepts and interventions that are essential tools for all DV service providers across the continuum of care.
Kevin Powell (Primary Presenter), Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Psychology, Colorado State University, www.kevinpowellphd.com;
Kevin M. Powell, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been working with at-risk (at-promise) children, adolescents, young adults, and their families for the past 3 decades. He has worked in a variety of settings including 20+ years at a maximum-security facility assisting youth and young adults in overcoming their abusive acts, learning to cope and get their needs met in prosocial ways. His clinical work has included the assessment and treatment of youth and young adults who have sexually offended, as well as those who have been impacted by adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Powell utilizes a strengths-based approach to target both protective factors and risk factors that can help stop the intergenerational transmission of abuse. Dr. Powell is also an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State University in the Department of Psychology where he provides clinical supervision, lectures, and is conducting research on protective factors associated with resiliency in youth and adults. He has authored several book chapters focusing on strengths-based, relationship-based, holistic services. He has also authored a book entitled, A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention with At-Risk Youth (2015), as well as a children's book, Our Very Special Bodies (2014), which increases children's knowledge about their bodies and promotes open communication within families to help reduce the risk of childhood sexual victimization (primary prevention!). In addition to his publications and clinical work, Dr. Powell presents nationally and internationally on a variety of Strengths-Based topics to assist mental health providers, criminal justice personnel, educators, and caregivers in promoting healthy, resilient development.