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HPC5703 Clinical Skills: Partner and Spousal Abuse, Elder Care

Course Description

An examination of the whole family system and the impact of violence and abuse upon it.  Trauma issues and their impact on each family member will be discussed, as well as the physiological effect of trauma on the brain.  Topics include identification and treatment of abusers; victims and the children and teens living with them; attachment and physiological issues that keep couples together; identification, treatment, and reporting issues of elder and child abuse; cultural, religious, and GLBT issues and abuse; and countertransference issues.  In addition, mental health issues in aging and long-term care will be addressed.  Therapeutic strategies will be presented to enhance collaboration between families and care providers and maximize quality of life for the elder client.

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