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Domestic/Family Violence

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 Violence Counseling certificate prepares students for entry-level human services work in a domestic violence agency.

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.

Contact Information

Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP, CADC, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536B, (630) 942-2103

Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536, (630) 942-2043

Julie Trytek, LCPC, CADC, Assistant Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) 2536, (630) 942-2328

Human Services Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

Kelly A. Lidinsky, Program Advisor
Human Services Programs
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Direct line: (630) 942-3248
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising

Human Services Office

The Human Services program office is located on the second floor of the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536.

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010