3 CE Contact Hours
Verbal abuse generates emotional pain and mental anguish. Verbal abuse, with its underpinning of emotional abuse, is an all too common part of many relationships and can be destructive. The scars can last for years, yet this type of abuse has gained little recognition. This workshop is designed to assist mental health professionals who are counseling those who are experiencing or dealing with verbal abuse to be aware of the dynamics of verbally abusive relationships. We will look at the signs and the many forms of verbal abuse, the cycle of anger, the devastation it can cause, and the goals and interventions that may be utilized in treatment.
Instructor: Paula V. Atwood, LISW-S, LICDC, is the Vice President, Staffing and Special Projects at Beech Brook of Northeast Ohio. In this position, Ms. Atwood is responsible for the Employer of Choice Initiative, Staff Recruitment and Human Resources. She is also serving as the Clinical Director for AOD services. She oversees and supervises AOD program staff and screening, assessment, and treatment services. She also ensures compliance with ODADAS rules and regulations, ADAMHS Board contract requirements, applicable Joint Commission Standards and the financial outcomes.
Paula formerly served as the Vice President, Community-Based Services Cluster, with administrative responsibility for the delivery of quality care mental health, social services, and educational services to children, adolescents and their families. The programs included were the Outpatient, School-Based, Family Preservation, Family Health and Early Childhood programs. Ms. Atwood has been at Beech Brook in various administrative positions since 1999.
Ms. Atwood has over 33 years experience in administration, management, and direct care in the social service, mental health, child welfare, and substance abuse/chemical dependency field. She is a graduate of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and the Executive Masters in Business Administration program at Baldwin-Wallace College. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.