Domestic/Family Violence - A.A.S. Degree and Certificate
As a domestic/family violence counselor, an individual works with people who have been physically, emotionally, sexually or economically abused by an intimate partner or family member. The Domestic/Family Violence degree at College of DuPage prepares students to sit for the Illinois State Certification exam to become a Certified Domestic Violence Professional (CDVP).
Domestic/family violence professionals work with both residential (shelter) and non-residential clients and community members. They are responsible for many functions within this field, including hotline service, advocacy (courts, medical and victim), individual client-centered counseling, group facilitation, crisis intervention, abuse prevention, children and teen services, and the conducting of educational seminars in schools and community settings.
In addition to 40 hours of domestic violence training provided in Human Services 1180, the program at COD covers interpersonal and group dynamics, contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communication, addictions, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment methods, advocacy, child abuse dynamics, crisis intervention and developmental psychology. Following the completion of classroom work, students must finish 300 hours of fieldwork to earn a Domestic/Family Violence degree or certificate.
Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2603B, (630) 942-2103
Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Instructor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2603C, (630) 942-2043
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331
2012 College of DuPage