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Employers Step up to Respond to Intimate Partner Violence (April 2021)
April 5 - 12, 2021
Online Course

NOTE: This course is currently being rescheduled. New dates TBA soon!

EAPA Webinar Series Presents:

Employers Step up to Respond to Intimate Partner Violence

TRAINERS: Beth Lewis and Paula Kelly-Keller, Standing Firm


TIME AND LENGTH OF SESSION: 1.5 hours each, 12:00-1:30pm Eastern, 3 hours total (attendance at both sessions is required for credit)

PDH INFORMATION: Approved by the EACC for 3 PDHs in Domains II, III

PRICING: $109 EAPA Member rate; $169 Non-Member rate


Employers Step up to Respond to Intimate Partner Violence

Addressing domestic violence as a workplace concern requires employers to have a knowledgeable partner to guide the development of their response plan.  Employee assistance professionals have a unique capacity to offer both individual support to survivors of IPV and to help guide the employer from a policy, benefit, and management perspective. 

This webinar series includes: 

  • Session 1   EAP assessment and counseling of IPV survivors, utilizing a trauma-informed approach
  • Session 2   Organizational response playbook
  • Self-study publication, IPV Guidance for managers supervising remote employees


April 5 -Session 1

Title: Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma & the Healing Process: (Serenity Prayer Edition for EAP Clinicians)


  • Participants will have a better understanding of how IPV may present in an EAP assessment, and how to better create an emotionally safe environment for the client. 
  • Participants will increase confidence and effectiveness during an EAP session by more fully understanding trauma-informed care.
  • Participants will be able to identify personal triggers and barriers that may prevent a short-term, trusting therapeutic relationship with a client. 
  • Participants will better understand the trauma survivor’s healing process and how to include healing steps into each EAP session. 

April 12 -Session 2

Title: An Organizational Response Playbook to IPV


  • Participants will examine the impact of intimate partner violence and its impact on their physical, mental, and emotional safety and well-being
  • Participants will understand the best-practice elements of an employer response to IPV; opportunities to partner with the EAP
  • Participants will review employer approaches to IPV and a model for employer preparedness to respond to the incidence of IPV in their workforce


Participants will also be provided a self-guided study publication, Managers guide to supervision of remote employees



Elizabeth Lewis, M.Ed.          

Beth joined STANDING FIRM’s Director in October 2018.  She previously served as Regional Director for PPC, Inc., a national EAP service provider and more recently as Director, Family Centered Care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. STANDING FIRM is an organization that works exclusively with employers to establish organizational response to the incidence of intimate partner violence in the workforce.  Established in 2009 in western Pennsylvania, STANDING FIRM is a membership organization and works with employers across the nation.

Paula Kelly–Keller, LCSW

Paula serves as the Clinical Supervisor at Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and is responsible for the coordination of mental health services to women receiving services at the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.  She is a frequent instructor in trauma-informed approaches to mental health services and Sanctuary model.  Paula also maintains a private mental health practice in Pittsburgh.

Susan DeGregorio, M.S., J.D.

Susan is the Senior Account Executive at STANDING FIRM. She is the point of contact for STANDING FIRM’s Members and is our primary trainer. Susan has almost 30 years of consulting experience including facilitating leadership and employee training sessions. During her consulting career, she worked with organizations of all sizes and in all industries to develop and implement employee benefit and workplace well-being strategies and policies. Susan is an Executive Service Corps volunteer for the Bayer Center for Non-profit Management, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and a member of the Three Rivers Adoption Council Board of Directors.