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Intimate Partner Violence Workshop

Event Date(s): Fri, 2018/03/09 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Event Type: Family Life Centre

Course Overview 

The seminar on this vital topic is designed to support the professional development of mental and medical health care clinicians and leaders of faith communities. This essential training will help develop the skills required to navigate abuse and trauma within the intimate relationships of client couples you are working with. This half-day seminar will provide an engaging, informative and interactive training experience that will explore ways to work safely and effectively when intimate partner violence (IPV) emerges as an issue in therapy.

Janet and Brenda will provide assessment guidelines, best practices and cautions for therapists wishing to increase their ability to provide safe and supportive services to distressed clients. The seminar will cover the following topics:

Date: Friday, March 9th 2018 
Times: 9:00 AM—12:00 PM
Locations: Tyndale University College & Seminary
3377 Bayview Ave. (South of Steeles)
  • Assessing for IPV
  • How to safely address IPV when it emerges as a presenting concern when working with couples
  • Identifying when couple therapy is possible and when it is contraindicated
  • IPV when children are in the home - risks of kids' exposure and reporting obligations
  • Cultural competency when working with diverse couples experiencing IPV


Brenda Spitzer Brenda Spitzer, MSc, RP, RMFT

Brenda Spitzer is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Psychotherapist, and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American and Ontario Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Brenda enjoys working with individuals, couples and families in her private practice in midtown Toronto. Previously she served for over fifteen years providing family therapy services at Catholic Community Services of York Region, where she was the Clinical Supervisor of the Therapy Team until 2014. Brenda’s areas of clinical and academic interest are ethical decision-making in clinical practice, and client-centred, post-modern family therapy approaches.

Janet KimJanet Kim, RP, RMFT

Janet Kim is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a second-generation Korean-Canadian providing community care at a local church and working with individual, couples, and families in a private practice in Toronto.

Janet is committed to culturally sensitive practice and to facilitating a bridge between the Church and psychotherapy. Her work is informed by ministry experience in the Korean community and also by her previous employment experiences at KCWA Family and Social Services, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, and Catholic Community Services of York Region. Janet is also a former trainer with Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants for two of their seminars: Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Immigrant Women: Prevention through Intervention and Family Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Women: Community Development Strategies. She currently teaches Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Marriage and Family Therapy as an adjunct instructor at Tyndale Seminary


The course will run from 9:00am-12:00pm on Friday March 9th 2018. 


$45+HST - includes the half day seminar, handouts, and light refreshments 

Student Pricing - $25 + HST *email flc [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Promotional%20Code%20IPV) to recieve promotional code. 


Tyndale charges $1 per hour of $4 for a full day of parking. You may register your car and pay for parking at the main reception desk. You will need your license plate number to register your car.

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