SPOUSAL ABUSE. Goals of Lecture: Assessment & Treatment. Goals of the Class. THE STRUCTURE OF ASSESSMENT THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE RISK ASSEMENT NEUROBIOLOGY OF VIOLENCE SYSTEMIC THEORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & ATTACHMENT THEORY UNRESOLVED TRAUMA. GOALS OF ASSESSMENT PROCESS.
Goals of Lecture:
Assessment & Treatment
THE STRUCTURE OF ASSESSMENT
1. LOW MOTIVATION
MOST Perpetrators. AND Victims HAVE INSECURE ATTACHMENTS>AFFECTING THE WAY THEY REGULATE ATTACHMENT. BECAUSE OF THESE DEFENSE MECHANISMS>RESULTS IN CREATING MORE EMOTIONAL DISTANCE BETWEEN SELF AND OTHER.
MOST COMUNICATIONS BETWEEN INFANT and PARENTS OR ADULTS IS PRIMARY AFFECT AS OPPOSES TO CATEGORICAL AFFECT.
THIS CAN BE:
THE VAST MAJORITY OF BATTERERS NEED MORE THAN JUST THE MESSAGE: “ USE VIOLENCE…GO TO JAIL”.
Violence is a function of a complex interaction of biological, psychological, and social processes that require complex interventions.
These levels of power are seen as potentialities within everyone:
The power to be-neither good nor evil, but NOT neutral.
Power is energy. This energy must be lived out or it results impotently in death, neurosis, psychosis, or violence
sacrificing the realism of one’s perception of evil, one’s complicity with evil. Rollo May call this authentic innocence.
Whitmer’s lenses is that of the “self” and relational rather than motivated by intrapsychic factors of instinct, brain centers, or aggressive energy.
Freud couldn’t account for the stuck, repetition compulsion he called “the death instinct.