Course Description

The presenters illustrate how exposure to domestic violence affects children. The participant is made aware of the public health implications of domestic violence, the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse, and factors in conducting custody evaluations when there are allegations of domestic abuse.

1 domestic violence CE credit/hour, 10 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Explain how exposure to domestic violence affects children.
  • Discuss the public health implications of domestic violence.
  • Explain the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse.
  • Present factors in conducting custody evaluations when there are allegations of domestic abuse.

Kathryn Kuehnle, PhD & Lenore E. A. Walker, EdD, ABPP

Kathryn Kuehnle, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Florida Mental Health Institute’s Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Tampa, Florida, where she specializes in the evaluation of children alleged to have been sexually abused and in the treatment of maltreated children and other victims of family violence. She regularly serves as a consultant to legal and education professionals, child protection teams, and other community agencies. She has conducted numerous workshops nationally and internationally on topics related to child maltreatment. She is published in peer review journals, has authored six book chapters, and is the author of Assessing Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse. Dr. Kuehnle is currently conducting research focused on chidren exposed to domestic violence and interventions for maltreating parents. She also teaches classes (i.e., Child Maltreatment; Community and Family Violence) at the University of South Florida and conducts seminars for psychology interns on evaluating and treating sexually abused children. She is Past President of the Division of Children, Adolescents, and Families, and Past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Florida Psychological Association, and was a member of the Florida Supreme Court Court Steering Committee.Lenore E. A. Walker, EdD, is a Professor of Psychology in the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University and coordinates their doctoral forensic psychology concentration. She also teaches in the Criminal Justice Institute and is the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Institute, a not-for-profit organization with 13 affiliate centers around the world, providing education and training, research, and policy initiatives in the area of family violence. She has maintained an independent psychology practice for over 30 years, is a licensed psychologist in three states (Florida, New Jersey, and Colorado), and currently practices forensic psychology in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Walker introduced the concept of Battered Woman Syndrome and its relevance in designing assessment and treatment programs. She also pioneered the use of BWS in the courts, helping juries understand why a battered woman could fail to leave a battering relationship, and providing testimony on why a battered woman might be justified in killing her abuser in self-defense. She presents invited international speeches and workshops on domestic violence topics and policy issues. Dr. Walker holds diplomates in both clinical and family psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has authored 12 books and over 50 professional articles on the topics of trauma from interpersonal violence and gender issues, especially feminist and survivor therapy systems.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Booklet (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Children Exposed to Domestic Violence" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire