IPVA

Intimate Partner Violence Advocate (IPVA) Certification Program

About IPVA

  • Domestic violence and dating abuse are local and national epidemics.

  • IPVA is a valuable, in-depth, professional development series for those on the front lines.

  • Participants emerge significantly enhancing their knowledge and skills in working with victims of IPV.

If you're a social worker, LPC, advocate, human resource or healthcare professional, it's likely that you will encounter a victim of IPV.

  • Do you know how to respond?
  • Are you aware of the risk factors?
  • Do you know how to safety plan?
  • Are you aware of resources for support?

In IPVA, you will acquire the practical tools and essential information you need to provide safe and effective support to victims.

Since 2009, 300+ professionals have attended with 100% reporting on confidential evaluations that they would recommend IPVA to colleagues.

IPVA Certification

The Intimate Partner Violence Advocate (IPVA) Certification Program is a unique educational opportunity to increase your knowledge and to enhance your intervention skills with victims of all ages.

IPVA consists of five workshops. Objectives for each class are outlined in this downloadable PDF. Professional credits are available! See details below.

The IPVA Series

Please Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, IPVA is on hold; we anticipate the series will be held again in the Fall of 2021.

When the series resumes, the details include:

Cost: $110 per class, OR $500 for all five (5) in the series. Materials, certificate and light refreshments included.

Location: Holiday Inn Clark, 36 Valley Rd., Clark, NJ

Registration: Seats Go Fast - Registration is Required

To reserve your spot and pay by check: Email us at Info@APartnershipforChange.org

To register and pay by credit card: Go to Eventbrite.

Important! Please note that:

  • DV101 or equivalent is prerequisite for DV103.
  • Classes may be taken individually, but all five classes are required for the IPVA Certification.
  • Training facility is wheelchair accessible and provides free parking.
  • Insights on Batterer Behavior: Addendum Class (optional). This class is offered after the IPVA series is completed.

Information on Professional Credits (Social Workers, LPC's, DVS)

Anyone:

  • 5.5 DVS (Domestic Violence Specialist) credits are awarded for EACH IPVA class
  • Credits authorized by the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV).

Social Workers and LPCs:

  • 5.5 non-clinical credits awarded for DV101
  • 4.5 CLINICAL credits and 1.0 Social/Cultural Competence credits awarded for DV102
  • 5.5 non-clinical credits awarded for Effects on Children
  • 5.5 non-clinical credits awarded for Teen Dating Abuse

These courses: Domestic Violence 101, Approval #200804-1418; Effects of Domestic Violence on Children, Approval #201004-1129; and Teen Dating Abuse, Approval #201004 -1621 provided by A Partnership for Change, are approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: June 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022. New Jersey social workers will receive 5.5 General CE credits for participating in each of these courses.

This course DV 102: Understanding the Victim/Survivor of Domestic Violence, Approval #200804-1531 provided by A Partnership for Change, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: June 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022. New Jersey social workers will receive 4.5 Clinical and 1.0 Social/Cultural Competence CE credits for participating in this course.

Testimonials

Participants have included staff from these NJ organizations:

Prevent Child Abuse NJ
Catholic Charities
CASA of NJ
Burlington County Dept. of Human Services
Prosecutor's Office of Camden, Somerset, and Cape May County counties
School nurses and counselors
Advocates from the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy
NORWESCAP
Hackensack Meridian Health
Family Partners of Hudson County

Comments on their evaluations included:

"No matter how aware I thought I was, you opened my eyes in a few short months and changed my life forever."

Amaranth Alleyne, Robin's Nest Community Services

This is the first training I've been to that actually shows us how to do the work.

Excellent training. It is a must!

Dr. Elizabeth Pineros, PROCEED

"All of the classes helped me. I got a better understanding of what victims are going through, feeling and experiencing."

E. Paterno, PCA-NJ

"This training significantly enhanced my confidence and capability to serve domestic violence victims and survivors."