Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)-Understanding the Coercive Control Continuum: Dynamics, Concepts & the Effects
Cynthia M. Lischick, PhD, Psychology, LPC, DVS and Evan Stark, MSW, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
4 Domestic Violence CE Credits Available


Friday, June 7, 2019
Crowne Plaza Princeton –Conference Center
900 Scudders Mill Road
Plainsboro, New Jersey
10:00AM – 2:45PM



The workshop is at the cutting edge of psychology, social work and law. Over the last two decades, England, Scotland, and a number of other countries and thousands of service organizations world-wide have adapted coercive control as the framework for improving the response to interpersonal abuse and discarded definitions and practice models that narrowly emphasize violence or relegate the role of children to “witnesses.” Led by two foremost authorities in the field, this Workshop will be provide a comprehensive introduction to coercive control, starting with the origins of the concept and extending to its applications in Dr. Stark’s recent work on the coercive control of children. We will describe the ‘spectrum of coercive control;’ provide research and case examples to illustrate its dynamics and consequences; and offer practical ways to improve assessment with individuals and families experiencing coercive control. Special emphasis will be placed on introducing a coercive control screen into all family dissolution proceedings; adapting concepts of ‘agency’ and ‘liberty harm’ compatible with the model; and adapting coercive control as the context for safety planning for children. Time will be allotted to share case examples or stories that illustrate how our clients/patients/ children are coercively controlled and/or sustain their autonomy and dignity in coercive control situations.

Learning Objectives

a. Participants will learn to effectively distinguish IPV-coercive control type (IPV-CC) from the IPV-episodic/situational type and identify the nonviolent IPV-CC strategies and tactics on the Continuum of Coercive Control.
b. Participants will learn to identify and assess key concepts involving the constrained options designed by the batterer to contribute to the battered victim’s co-opted decision-making, limited freedom of movement, high levels of fear and her entrapment.
c. Participants will learn about the batterers' behavioral extensions of the IPV-CC that cause both short- and long-term harm to children. Participants will learn to identify the direct and indirect connections to the batterer’s overall pattern of coercive and controlling behavior including risk and resiliency factors.
d. Participants will learn to counteract bias (e.g., systems, gender) in order to eliminate its negative impact on assessments of domestic violence victimization. Participants will learn about ethical considerations regarding the necessary advanced competencies required to effectively assess and interpret victim-behaviors using a contextualized analysis that includes the nonphysical acts of coercive control as part of an overall pattern in a malevolent course of conduct which deprives the victimized partner and their children of their rights to autonomy, independence, safety and free movement.

Program Schedule:

9:30-10:00 AM Registration
10:00-12:00 PM Program (2 CE)
12:00 PM-12:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM-2:45 PM Program (2 CE)

Registration Fee includes Lunch: 
NJPA Member: $160
Non-Member: $320 
NJPA Sustaining Member: $136
NJPA ECP: $120
NJPA Student Member: $80
NJPA Non-Student Member: $120


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Target Audience: Psychologists; Psychiatrists; Social workers; Nurses; Mental Health Counselors; marriage and Family Therapist; Graduate Students

Program sophistication: Intermediate: some basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.