What Works With Domestic Violence Offenders: ACT as Evidence-Based Practice – 6/12/19

What Works With Domestic Violence Offenders: ACT as evidence-based practice

Amie Zarling, Ph.D.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 6/12/19
  • Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm eastern

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Domestic violence  is a major public health concern in the United States, and has been identified as a significant human rights issue. Treating domestic violence has remained difficult, and traditional programs have only a modest impact on repeat violence. Researchers, practitioners, and the criminal justice system in the state of Iowa have developed a new intervention program for domestic violence offenders based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). Called Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior (ACTV – pronounced “ACTIVE”), this program was created specifically for the treatment of domestic violence for use in the correctional setting as part of criminal justice programming. Preliminary evidence indicates ACTV is effective at reducing domestic violence recidivism for men who complete the program (Zarling, Bannon, & Berta, 2017).

In this webinar, participants will learn about the treatment of domestic violence in general and evidence-based strategies shown to work with this population. Participants will learn about a promising new intervention based on ACT and how this perspective is different from traditional intervention programs. Participants will learn about the unique issues presented by justice-involved clients, as well as how to integrate this ACT-based program into already existing correctional programming.


Learning Objectives:

1) Conceptualize domestic violence through an ACT lens
2) Compare ACTV to traditional models of domestic violence treatment
3) Understand how to work with justice-involved clients from an ACT perspective (e.g., how to address accountability)
4) Learn about the use of ACT-based programming with Core Correctional Practices and Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: N/A
  • Psychologists: 2 CEs LIVE or RECORDING 
  • Social Workers and Certified Counselors: 2 Clinical CEs/ 2 CEs
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12:00 pm: Introduction

12:05 pm: Presentation begins

1:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat

2:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Dr. Amie Zarling is a co-developer and author of the ACTV violence prevention/intervention program. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2013. She completed her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center with a specific focus on the treatment of relationship dysfunction and personality disorders. She has worked with the Department of Corrections in Iowa for 10 years, during which time she has worked on developing, training, disseminating, and evaluating the ACTV program. She facilitated the first ACTV pilot groups and has trained more than 300 people in the ACTV program. She continues to be involved in ongoing training, evaluation, and improvement of the ACTV program in the state of Iowa. Dr. Zarling is an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the Human Development and Family Studies program where she maintains an active research program focused on developing and testing evidence-based interventions.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. 



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