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Understanding and Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence

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Learn how to define APV and its causes

Adolescent-to-parent violence (APV) is a form of violence that has remained largely unexplored, until recent years. Studies show that APV is a growing problem with a severe impact on the family system.

This three-week course from Central Queensland University will introduce and define the concept of APV in clear terms and teach you how to identify the causes of APV such as interpersonal trauma, mental health issues, and family history of domestic violence.

Explore attachment theory and its applications in support work with adolescents

Attachment theory is a psychological, ethological, and evolutionary theory that analyses the emotional bonds or relationships between people.

On this course, you’ll explore aspects of attachment theory to understand the science of attachment and the neuroscience behind the rejection of attachment and how they relate to parental capacity and APV.

Discover how to assist adolescents and parents through case planning and therapy

On the final week of this course, you’ll focus on an essential aspect of understanding and tackling APV: practical responses and client support.

You’ll learn to assess safety and risk in a case plan, describe emotional regulation activities and implement them in a case plan, and develop a non-violence plan. This will equip you with the transferable skills and tools you need to help your clients.

Help families achieve safety in their homes with Central Queensland University

The course lead, Dr. Dave Burck, is a child counsellor at Youth and Family Services in Queensland and has ten years of experience working in domestic violence and childhood trauma.

Equipped with knowledge and experience from the educator on this course, you’ll be best positioned to provide support and safety measures to families who experience APV.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who want to develop the knowledge and skills to identify and support families experiencing adolescent to parent violence.

It will also be helpful to families where there is adolescent violence at home.


  • What is adolescent to parent violence?
    • Before we begin
    • Defining adolescent-to-parent violence
    • The first steps: seeking help
    • What are the causes of APV?
    • Wrapping up the week
  • The science of attachment
    • What is attachment?
    • Attachment and violence
    • Wrapping up the week
  • Building capacity and practical responses
    • Building capacity
    • PACE
    • Bringing it all together

Taught by

Suewellyn Kelly


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