The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) offers and hosts this training.
Chapter 260 training covers the issue of domestic violence and sexual violence, including, but not limited to, the common physiological and psychological symptoms of domestic violence and sexual violence, the physiological and psychological effects of domestic violence and sexual violence on victims, including children who witness such abuse, the challenges of domestic violence and sexual violence victims who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, low-income, minority, immigrant or non-English speaking, availability of rape and sexual assault shelter and support services within the Commonwealth. The training also addresses the pathology of offenders including, but not limited to, identifying the system of abusive behaviors used to maintain control, the intentionality of the violence, the tendency to minimize abuse and blame the victim, and the risk to the victim created by joint counseling.
Though beneficial for all staff, as part of the Acts of 2014, Chapter 260, An Act Relative to Domestic Violence, Section 9, this training is mandated for professionals receiving licensure from the:
- Board of Registration in Medicine
- Board of Registration in Nursing
- Board of Registration of Physician Assistants
- Board of Nursing Home Administrators
- Board of Registration of Social Workers
- Board of Registration of Psychologists
- Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions
Take the Training:
This training lives on the DPH Learning Management System (LMS), NOT the Behavioral Health Clearinghouse LMS, so you will need to follow the prompts to create a different login and password to access their training.