Intimate Family Violence Workshop

Intimate Family Violence Workshop


Friday, June 7, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Council for Relationships – University City

4025 Chestnut Street First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104


5 CE Credits Available 


Workshop Description

This intensive workshop is a rare opportunity for clinicians to explore the effects and treatment of individuals in abusive relationships from the perspective of both survivors and perpetrators. The workshop will integrate the expertise of the two co-presenters to highlight diverse paradigms and examine treatment modalities with both perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse.

The workshop will address contemporary issues and practices in the context of working with families that have experienced intimate violence. Specific recommendations for clinical practice and current guidelines for therapeutic intervention will be included. A video presentation will illustrate the challenges and increase awareness and sensitivity to these issues. Additionally, participants will be provided with a directory of resources for the greater Philadelphia area.

This will be an interactive training. Participants will be able to explore and discuss causal factors surrounding abusive relationships, dynamics of relationships with intimate violence, and the impact of abuse in members of the family system. The workshop will also address motivations for change and strategies to challenge and support survivors as well as individuals who have acted harmfully.

Sandy Kornhauser is a trauma therapist in the Philadelphia area. She works with victims of interpersonal violence including participants of Project Dawn Court, a diversion court program designed to provide rehabilitative and therapeutic services for women who have been categorized as offenders as a result of repeated prostitution offenses. Tony Lapp is Co-Director of Menergy, a Philadelphia organization devoted to preventing abusive behavior and victimization by working with people who have acted harmfully.


Workshop Level – Advanced


Learning Objectives

By the end of this intensive participants will be able to:

  • Recognize systemic factors that contribute to people being hurt in intimate relationships, and/or engaging in harming behaviors toward others.
  • Describe therapeutic and coordinated community strategies designed to address intimate partner abuse. Identify effective techniques to address the victimization cycle.
  • Explore frequent questions encountered by therapists when working with abused and/or abusive partners and their larger families and communities.
  • Identify criteria for determining effectiveness and outcome of specific interventions.
  • Describe appropriate assessment techniques to screen for abuse, and strategies for responding to disclosures of intimate partner abuse.
  • Identify and discuss reactions of therapists and support staff working with individuals experiencing harm or have perpetrated harm to others.

About the Presenters

Sandy Kornhauser, MFT has been an Adult Outpatient Therapist in the survivors program of The Joseph J. Peters Institute for the past seven years. She is trained to utilize Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in her clinical work with survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Sandy was the initial therapist and court liaison for Project Dawns Court, a diversion court program of the Philadelphia Court system. This special court was established as an alternative to incarceration for women with prostitution charges and histories of victimization and substance abuse.

Sandy is trained and certified in the Prolonged Exposure (PE) protocol of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently participates in research, supervision and clinical Prolonged Exposure cases. Additionally, Sandy is participating in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training and acts as a DBT therapist and group leader. Sandy received her BA in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, her MA in urban planning from The University of Pennsylvania, and MFT in counseling psychology and trauma studies with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from Chestnut Hill College. Additionally, she trained at an intensive summer trauma initiative at The Herzog Hospital Israel Center for Psychotrauma in Jerusalem in the summers of 2002 and 2003. Presently Sandy is working towards licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Tony Lapp, LCSW, is the co-director of Menergy, a 34-year-old Philadelphia-based intervention program for people who have abused an intimate partner. Recipient of the 2014 Powerful Partner Award from Women’s Way, Tony is an experienced trainer, educator, writer and therapist. A long-term member and former coordinator of the Domestic Abuse and Battering Intervention Network of Pennsylvania, Tony collaborates with numerous projects in the Philadelphia area related to family violence, including the Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Committee of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Collaborative and Shared Safety.


Workshop Details

Friday, June 7, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Council for Relationships – University City

4025 Chestnut Street First Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104


5 APA CE Credits Available

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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With AASECT Certificate, No AASECT Certificate

Event Details

Start date: June 07, 2019

End date: June 07, 2019

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Council for Relationships, 4025 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States

Phone: (215)382-6680x3236