Total CE Credit Hours: 6
Course Info URL: https://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/100945
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About the Course:
University of British Columbia psychology professor Donald Dutton specializes in treating batterers. A batterer’s mind, he says, is “a place of anguish and self-loathing.’‘ Writing with Golant (coauthor with Rosalyn Carter of Helping Yourself Help Others) he discusses the symptoms, characteristics and, in some cases, the cure for such violent behavior. Most repeat batterers, he maintains, suffer from a fragile sense of self, usually the result of a shaming father, an only intermittently available mother and violence in the family. For the batterer, an episode of violence involves three stages: buildup of tension, battering and contrition. Dutton rejects neurological and metabolic causes and sees symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the fear-filled attachment of the batterer to the woman he batters, whom he needs. Dutton shows how group therapy has occasionally been successful in treating batterers. With dramatic case histories that shed light on the dark secrets of spousal abuse, and with its singular focus on the personality of the abuser, rather than that of the victim, The Batterer provides the missing link to show how men can harm the women they love and how we can begin to put an end to violence behind closed doors.
This course is based on the book, The Batterer: A Psychological Profile created by Donald G. Dutton, Ph.D. and Susan K. Golant
Publication Date:(c) 1995
Course Material Authors
Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about male batterers. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Explain how a shaming, emotionally rejecting, or absent father, an intermittently available mother, and exposure to violence can combine to produce a cyclical batterer.
- Explain the significance of diagnoses of borderline personality disorder or antisocial personality disorder in the understanding of batterers.
- Explain why a grasp of both the feminist view (i.e., power and control theory) and social learning theory is necessary, but not sufficient, to a full understanding of the behavior of cyclical batterers.
- Distinguish between psychopathic, overcontrolled, and cyclical batterers.
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