Understanding Domestic Violence

Date & Time: 
May 8, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
1187 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7M 3E1

This workshop will explore the factors surrounding domestic violence. The workshop will explore the dynamics involved and the supports required when working with both the victim and the offender.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will come away with an understanding of abuse dynamics and the unique sensitivities a counselor must have in working with those involved with domestic violence situations. Discussion will focus on the challenges in working with victims and perpetrators, and known best practices. Working at overcoming resistance and accepting accountability for offending behaviour will be an important aspect of the discussion. Vicarious trauma for the counselor will also be explored. 

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Who Should Attend

  • Frontline mental health professionals
  • First responders
  • Students studying psychology and counselling techniques
  • Agency workers who are interested the information for developing policies and procedures

About the Speakers


Kim Irvine-Albano has a Masters of Arts degree in Transpersonal Studies from Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, a Bachelor’s of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, and is a Certified Practitioner from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Kim is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapy and a member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Kim has worked in the field of domestic violence since 1993, and has offered training working with groups, couples and individuals for over 20 years.




Kevin Raison has worked in the social services field for the past 30 years in a variety of positions. His original work was in the field of community corrections where he worked for 10 years with provincial offenders being released into a Community Resource Centre (also known more commonly as a halfway house). It was there he first began to work with people in the area of domestic violence. He expanded his work in the field by later working in federal correctional institutions on a contract basis delivering the Improving Family Dynamics Program and later the Opportunities Program which both involved working with offenders who had a history of domestic violence. This was followed by 15 years working in community counseling at Northern Frontenac Community Services in Sharbot Lake where he counseled individuals and families with a diversity of different issues, but there was always some work with those who had domestic violence histories. He began working for K3C Counselling a few years ago doing some EAP work for them as well as delivering some group programs to work with male survivors of sexual abuse and then in September 2012 joined K3C on a full-time basis as the coordinator of the Partner Assault Response Program. This program works with both men and women who have been convicted of a domestic violence charge. The Partner Assault Response Program is a twelve week educational/counseling program that is delivered in a group setting.

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Register before April 30th to get the Early Bird Special of $55! Regular fee is $65. Register Online Now.