Training for DV Treatment Therapists

What are the rules and regulations to practice?

To provide treatment for offenders who have been court ordered to treatment (whom DCFS will pay for if the mental health professional has a DV treatment contract with DCFS), R501-21-5 and R501-21-6 are the two rules enforced by the Utah Department of Licensing:
Individual therapists conducting domestic violence assessments and treatment services shall complete specialized training in domestic violence assessment and treatment practices as outlined below:

  1. Before providing treatment services therapists shall have 24 hours of pre-service training specific to domestic violence. This training shall have been completed within the last two years.

  2. Therapists shall obtain 16 approved CEU's (Continuing Education Units) related to domestic violence annually thereafter.

Where can I access pre-service training?

The UDVC is currently not offering one training course that provides all 24 hours pre-service training.

Instead in 2014 there will be regional trainings coordinated by DHS, in conjunction with UDVC and the Utah Association of Domestic Violence Treatment, which will meet the requirements above. The schedule for these trainings has not been finalized but will be posted here in the future.

Per a formal agreement with the Office of Licensing, the need for more DV treatment providers, especially in rural areas, has been recognized and the following plan developed by DHS and the DV Program Administrator--


R501-21-5 and R501-21-6 allow the DHS DV Program Administrator to approve specific training requests on a case by case basis, in advance of the training. Please contact Jenn Oxborrow () in advance of any training registration or attendance to obtain written authorization for training you may find helpful to your practice in this field. When you contact her with your request, please describe your education, training and experience, the work you intend to do in the DV field, the supervision/staffing support you will receive, a description of the proposed training and its relevance to your work, and the accreditation of the training.

Once the training request is agreed upon, she will respond to you via email and this will serve as a written record of authorization for compliance with R501-21-5 and R501-21-6. Print the return email authorization, and retain a copy to accompany all certificates of completion for the approved training to support your approval in the event of an audit. Jenn Oxborrow does not verify your attendance at training or your compliance with state licensing standards through the Utah State Office of Licensing; she only provides approval for proposed training in accordance with the state standards for domestic violence treatment.

How do I know what training meets the requirements for CEUs?

DV Treatment PROVIDER TRAINING OPTIONS to meet the requirements above:

  1. Many conferences attended by mental health professionals to maintain their professional licensure meet the requirements of these Rules. If a conference (accredited with CE/CEUs) is trauma focused, all, or part, of the hours are typically accepted for DV treatment providers.

  2. The UDVC and UADVT conferences are scheduled for fall 2014

    Each conference is anticipated to serve up to 18 of pre-service or ongoing DV training hours, and 4 additional hours may be served through the UDVC’s web based training, which is online and available from the comfort of your own home or office 24/7 and only costs $25 if you require a certificate. Here's the link--as of this very moment it is being updated but will be available again soon:

  3. Additionally, a vast number of accredited training resources for therapeutic services offered throughout 2014 can be found at these two links:

  4. For any mental health professional working in the DV field, the free online suicide prevention training offered through Columbia University by Dr. Kelly Posner at is also strongly recommended. The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale is a free instrument that is clinically endorsed by the CDC and the AMA and is being implemented in Utah as a universal screening and assessment tool for all mental health providers who contract with the state. 

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