Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

November 9 Program

"Building Resiliency: Exploring Early Intervention Strategies for Victims of Domestic Violence"

Patti LaPlace, MPA, Lecturer, CSULB


Thursday, November 9, 2017


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

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Patti LaPlace, MPA Patti LaPlace, MPA, RTC, currently holds the position of Lecturer at California State University Long Beach with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in the College of Health and Human Services. Prior to this position, Patti was the Mental Health Coordinator with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from CSULB and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Patti has worked in Mental Health for over 30 years and has been recognized for her work with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Park and Recreation Society, Recreation Therapy Section, Mental Health America, Long Beach Police Department and VA Long Beach Healthcare System. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both Mental Health America and Alternative For Vets as well as a community volunteer for various non-profit and advocacy organizations.

Domestic violence is not a new phenomenon unfortunately and victims of this behavior come from all walks of life. Tragically, domestic violence can result in death with both the victim and perpetrator.  The victim’s continual exposure to this type of trauma result in physical and emotional injury.  Characteristics of the emotional injury component include severe depression, suicidal thoughts, poor self-esteem, anxiety, intense fear, phobias, isolation and powerlessness.  In many cases, the last component is one of the primary factors that keep the victim from seeking help and protection.
This presentation will look at emotional injury component for victims of domestic violence as it relates to powerlessness and reluctance to seeking help.  During small group breakout discussions, the participants will have the opportunity to explore possible early intervention strategies and engagement that promote empowerment and resilient choices and behaviors.  By the end of the presentation, the participants will discuss the feasibility of specific strategies as well as next steps needed to implement.

Learning Objectives:
  1. To explore and understand the characteristics aspect of emotional injury as it pertains to victims of domestic violence.
  2. To investigate reasons that impacts someone’s reluctance to seek help and safety as well as recant or minimize the acts of violence and abuse.
  3. To identify possible early intervention approaches and engagement that would promote empowerment and healthy emotional choices for victims.
  4. To investigate feasibility options for identified strategies and next action steps for implementation.
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