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Community Training: Is it Conflict or Abuse?

July 17, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Training Description:

Conflict is a normal part of relationships and can lead to change, growth, and deeper connection. It can also lead to divergence, alienation, and endings. In some cases, escalating conflict can result in risk, even danger, but does that make it abuse? The key to understanding the difference between conflict and abuse is in understanding relational power dynamics, and in looking beyond the “shortcuts” of behavior and gender to more complex and nuanced elements such as context, motive, agency, and impact.

This workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the nuances of conflict vs. abuse, and an ability to assess relational power dynamics in order to effectively address conflict resolution and reduce the traumatic impact of abuse.

We will examine some key ways in which abusive relationships which can be dangerous and cause lasting trauma are different from relationships where there is high conflict and volatility. By comparing healthy, high-conflict, and abusive relationships along several key areas, options for intervention and response will be explored in order to promote safety, trauma-reduction, and best practice.

$40 for basic registration, $65 for those seeking CEU Credits

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Presenter Bio:
Catherine Hodes, LCSW; Director of the Safe Homes Project of Good Shepard Services in NYC
Ms. Hodes conducts trainings for a wide range of audiences, including parents, youth, law enforcement, social service providers, and education professionals. She is the author of “Abusing Privilege: Broadening the Domestic Violence Paradigm,” published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Vol 3, No 4, Spring 2011, Civic Research Institute, and co-author of an article about conflict vs. abuse, which is awaiting publication.


July 17, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room