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Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association

Children's Experience in the Context of Coercive Control

  • Friday, April 14, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Live Webinar


Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Psychological Association (SHWPA)

Children's Experience in the Context of Coercive Control

Presented by

Cynthia M. Lischick, Ph.D., LPC., D.VS

April 14, 2023 (8:30-12:45 w/15 minute break at 10:15)

Live Webinar - the program Iink will be provided by email 4/12/2023

4.0 Domestic Violence Continuing Education Credits

This program is designed to expand the knowledge of participants’ understanding of domestic violence as multidimensional to include the children's experience in the context of coercive control while simultaneously challenging the heuristics and biases that endanger adult and child victims’ safety in the Context of coercive control with respect to racism, sexism, classism, ethnocentrism. Participants will learn to examine their heuristics and biases that prevent them from making accurate assessments, parenting time, and treatment recommendations or providing safe, appropriate trauma treatment when patterns of coercive control are misunderstood.

The presenter, Dr. Lischick is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a focus in the field of trauma, mental health, domestic violence-battering-coercive control, rape/sexual trauma, MST, War trauma, and child welfare-related issues over the past three decades. As Clinical Director and Counselor at Main Street Counseling, She provides clinical supervision as well as individual and group modalities of trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed, Culturally competent, person-centered counseling using an eclectic mix of techniques from evidence-based talk therapy and from creative arts therapy practices. Dr. Lischick’s career pathways included work as a forensic psychologist, a published author, systems’ change agent, policy writer, curriculum/program developer, Domestic Violence Specialist, as well as an

educator/trainer and adjunct professor in areas of psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. Most recently, she served as a researcher/lead psychologist for Rutgers SSW-Institute for Families (IFF). During the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, she spent 9 years working to prevent suicide, functioning as the Director of Psychological Health and mental health subject matter expert for the NJ National Guard-EAP advising commanders and providing trauma assessments as well as crisis counseling. For her service to NJNG 50th Brigade, she was awarded the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Lischick wrote her doctoral dissertation on patterns of dating abuse and provided the first empirical support for Dr.Evan Stark’s theory of coercive control.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will describe 3 key types of domestic violence using a review of the literature to include not only general Family Psychology but also Criminology/Sociology, Violence Against Women, Victimology, Feminist Psychology, Coercive Control, Aggression & Violence, Child Maltreatment, Childhood Trauma, Child Development, Trauma Treatment

2. Participants will be able to explain the differences between a myopic focus on conflict theory, and a broader-based “coercive control theory” involving cultural context, power, and coercive control.

3. Participants will identify the ubiquitous cognitive bias and the heuristics given by an ethnocentric, gendered perspective through which we were socialized and educated, and their knowledge & understanding while empowering their decision-making when domestic violence-coercive control is present, and the adult and child victims are at risk.

4. Participants will analyze their biases and skewed perspectives that fail to take into consideration the context, the history of colonization, the overt and covert oppression of women & people of color, and not least of all the impact of power & privilege as it intersects with gender, race, & class to this present-day knowledge.

5. Participants will identify the unique Key Concepts in the CC Model and integrate these concepts into safety and risk assessment utilizing the Ecological Nested Model (ENN).

Instruction Level: Intermediate

ADA Accommodations available upon written request, by emailing Virginia Walters, Psy.D., no later than April 9, 2023.

Program Fee: SHWPA Member $50, Non-SHWPA Member $60, Student: $15, Online registration and payment can be made at, OR by mailing a check payable to SHWPA and mailed to Tracy Menzie P.O.Box 644 Lebanon, NJ 08833

Please note: Registration for this program closes 4/10/2023.

Continuing Education Credits / Administrative Fee for 4 credits (A separate fee from the program), can be paid to NJPA online after this program.

NJPA Administrative Fees:

Sustaining Member- Free, NJPA Member $15, Non-NJPA Member - $25.

The NJPA link to pay and complete the NJPA evaluation form will be provided to all registrants during the program.

Contact Virginia Walters, Psy.D. 908-439-3456 X8 /

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and SHWPA. NJPA is approved by the American

Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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