Domestic/Family Violence - A.A.S. Degree and Certificate
As a domestic/family violence counselor, an individual works with people who have been physically, emotionally, sexually or economically abused by an intimate partner or family member. The Domestic/Family Violence degree at College of DuPage prepares students to sit for the Illinois State Certification exam to become a Certified Domestic Violence Professional (CDVP).
Domestic/family violence professionals work with both residential (shelter) and non-residential clients and community members. They are responsible for many functions within this field, including hotline service, advocacy (courts, medical and victim), individual client-centered counseling, group facilitation, crisis intervention, abuse prevention, children and teen services, and the conducting of educational seminars in schools and community settings.
In addition to 40 hours of domestic violence training provided in Human Services 1180, the program at COD covers interpersonal and group dynamics, contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communication, addictions, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment methods, advocacy, child abuse dynamics, crisis intervention and developmental psychology. Following the completion of classroom work, students must finish 300 hours of fieldwork to earn a Domestic/Family Violence degree or certificate.
Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP, CADC, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536B, (630) 942-2103
Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536, (630) 942-2043
Julie Trytek, LCPC, CADC, Instructor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) 2536, (630) 942-2328
Carrie Bills, M.S., Human Services Program Advisor, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536D, (630) 942-3248
Health and Sciences Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2010
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)
2017 College of DuPage