Difficult Dynamics in Abusive Relationships (February 28, 2019)

Evanston, Illinois (9:00AM-11:00AM) 

Difficult Dynamics in Abusive Relationships with Donna Gates, MA, LCPC

Understanding the mindset of the abuser and the abused when working with people in interpersonally violent relationships (IPV) can be difficult and sometimes it seems like progress is elusive. Donna Gates will present about the dynamics within these relationships drawing from her extensive experience and filtering the information through the lens of attachment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the mindset of an abuser in interpersonal violence (IPV)
  2. Describe some of the affects of the relationship on the victim in interpersonal violence
  3. Explain three strategies for working with the victims of interpersonal

Donna Gates, MA, LCPC, is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer in private practice at David L. Gates and Associates in Gurnee, IL and Des Plaines, IL. For the past 14 years, she has done individual, couples, and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation. In the past she has worked as a youth and family counselor with Warren Township Youth Commission, developed a children's program for Families in Touch/Teen Moms in Waukegan, and supervised college students as they worked in that program. She also worked with the teen moms in the FIT program, teaching parenting skills, life skills, and issues of domestic violence. Donna obtained her B.A. in Theology from Berkshire Christian College in Massachusetts before working with Campus Life/Youth for Christ in New York City. She then went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. In the past, she has presented at the Theraplay International Conference and has written an article for the Theraplay Newsletter on the use of Theraplay in Domestic Violence. treatment groups. Donna is the mother of 2 daughters and has 8 grandchildren, all of whom enjoy helping her practice Theraplay activities.

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$20     Standard Non-members
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2 CEs

On the 4th Thursday of every month, The Theraplay® Institute (TTI) hosts a meeting of attachment-focused mental health professionals, educators, and healthcare providers. The group includes professionals who work in private practices, adoption agencies, nonprofits, hospitals, and schools.  Attachment Matters offers the opportunity to meet professionals with similar interests and gain valuable skills and information.  This meeting will be from 9-11AM at The Theraplay® Institute, 1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL, 60201.

For more information contact Sandie Johnson, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator at The Theraplay Institute at sandie@theraplay.org or 847-256-7334.


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