Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

April 14 Program

Michele Winterstein, Ph.D., and Vicki Doolittle, M.S.

"When Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Happen in the Same Family"


Thursday, April 14, 2016


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB provides 1 CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider unit to MFTs/LCSWs in full attendance (free to EALB CEU members, $20 for non-CEU members). Provider number: 130171

Michele Winterstein Dr. Michele Winterstein, Executive Director of For The Child, (562)422-8472 is a licensed clinical psychologist with thirty years experience creating and managing innovative treatment programs for abused, neglected and violence exposed children and their families. She serves as the Clinical Leadership Co-Chair for a multi-agency SAMHSA funded project to improve care and system coordination for the youngest, most vulnerable children and families needing mental health, child welfare or court services in Los Angeles California.

She is co-editor and contributing author to a widely used practice guide "Standards of Care For Child Crime Victims" c. 2001, published by a statewide task force convened by the State of California, Victims of Crime Program.

Vicki Doolittle Vicki Doolittle, M.S., Executive Director of Su Casa (562)421-6537, has been Executive Director of Su Casa ~ Ending Domestic Violence since 2008. Prior to that, she was a consultant and grant writer for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles County. Vicki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s in Counseling from California State University Los Angeles.

With specialized training in rehabilitation counseling, she worked in the private sector with injured workers, and with clients from the State Department of Rehabilitation and Regional Centers. Vicki worked in the initial implementation of the Workforce Investment Act, joining a team at the County of Los Angeles in selecting and training contractors, overseeing budgets, evaluating programs, and reporting to the Board of Supervisors. Her efforts have always been directed to the marginalized of society: Mentally and physically challenged, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, pregnant teens, foster youth, veterans, displaced workers, and victims of domestic violence and their children.
She serves on the Board of Directors of End Abuse Long Beach and the Women’s Advisory Group of the Long Beach Police Department. She represents Su Casa at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council and Shelter Directors of Los Angeles County. She is also on the Child Abuse Council for Los Angeles County.

Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between child abuse and domestic abuse. Some studies indicate that 50% of men who frequently assault their wives also frequently assault their children. Between 45% and 70% of children who are exposed to domestic violence are also victims of abuse and that 40% of child victims of abuse are also exposed to domestic violence. Because of the prevalence of these co-occurring issues, child welfare and domestic violence agencies have been compelled to re-evaluate their existing philosophies, policies, and practices toward families experiencing both forms of violence. The overlap is particularly critical in identifying high risk cases and implementing intervention strategies that ensure the safety of both child and adult victims.
This workshop will explore the co-occurrence of DV and child abuse and invite active participation from the audience. As professionals and practitioners in a variety of fields related to child abuse and DV, you are the experts and we are interested in learning what you are seeing and experiencing. We will begin by framing the conversation and then facilitate a lively, interactive discussion. The audience will be divided into groups of six and each will be given a question/topic/dilemma to consider and share. For example: How do professionals respond to child maltreatment and domestic violence? How do the key systems interact and collaborate? What outcomes are we hoping for and whose outcomes prevail? Is there a definition of “safety” that everyone can agree upon? Is there hope for common ground?
Please join us and contribute to this discussion. Your input may help us guide needed changes in system response.

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