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Stalking: Recognizing and Responding

Erika Smith-Marek, PhD, LMFT

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Stalking: Recognizing and Responding is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the prevalence of stalking and provides therapists with the means to identify and assist victims/survivors.

Stalking is a crime that is far more prevalent and more dangerous than most people realize. It is a crime that is not well understood and that often goes unrecognized. Findings from various studies examining the prevalence of stalking suggest that community-based interventions are critical to raising awareness about this crime and promoting prevention efforts. Mental health professionals have an important role in identifying and treating victims/survivors of stalking through educating themselves about this crime.

Researchers have found that stalking victims have a higher incidence of mental disorders and comorbid illnesses compared with the general population, with the most robust associations identified between stalking victimization, major depressive disorder, and panic disorder. Additionally, intimate partner stalking has been identified as a common form of IPV experienced by women veterans that strongly contributes to their risk for probable PTSD. These findings indicate that it is important to assess for these symptoms and diagnoses when working with victims/survivors of stalking.

This course is designed to enhance your understanding of stalking by reviewing key findings from research on stalking, identifying common tactics used by stalkers, and exploring the intersections between stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence. This course will also examine common reactions experienced by victims/survivors of stalking and discuss ways to assist victims/survivors in clinical practice.

Course #11-17 | 2018 | 18 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Define stalking and identify challenges in the working definition
2. Identify at least five common tactics used by stalkers
3. List at least three common reactions experienced by victims/survivors of stalking
4. Describe at least five resources and interventions that can be used to assist victims/survivors of stalking
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credits. 

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more. Have a question? Contact us. We’re here to help!

About the Author(s)

Erika Smith-Marek, PhD, LMFTis a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified Therapist in EMDR Therapy. She has over fifteen years of experience specializing in the treatment of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as marital, couple, and family therapy. Her clinical and research interests converge around the treatment of trauma and traumatic stress. https://www.erikasmithmarek.com/

Disclosure:
Financial: Dr. Smith-Marek receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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