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Intimate Partner Aggression: Best Practices for Firefighter/Paramedic Couples and Legal/Ethical Guidelines

July 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm PDT


This presentation is designed to review research on intimate partner aggression perpetration prevalence, processes that predict for whom and under what circumstances IPA is most likely to occur and discuss best clinical practices for when it is ethical to. use couple therapy as a treatment mechanism. Specifically, adaptations and cultural competence in delivering couple therapy and assessing for IPA risk among firefighter/paramedics will be covered. Finally, legal documentation and reporting requirements as well as court cases and ethics for psychologists will be extensively discussed. The training will conclude with a firefighter/paramedic mock clinical case in which participants will elaborate on their goals for assessment, clinical treatment plan formation, documentation, consultation, and reporting strategies. This mock example will include dual role considerations as well as an ethical dilemma to provide more in-depth training and reflection.


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