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Understanding and Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence

Discover tools, skills, and strategies to assist families experiencing APV in creating a safe home environment.

372 enrolled on this course

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Understanding and Tackling Adolescent to Parent Violence

372 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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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.


  • Week 1

    What is adolescent to parent violence?

    • Before we begin

      Meet our educators and understand thoroughly what we'll be covering through this course, as well as how we expect learners to interact in the comments

    • Defining adolescent-to-parent violence

      David walks us through how we define APV and the behaviours that may be contributing factors.

    • The first steps: seeking help

      What is it like to contact a counsellor and how can you include your child in the process.

    • What are the causes of APV?

      Explore how trauma, mental health and other factors contribute to instances of APV.

    • Wrapping up the week

      Let's bring what we've learned together for reflection, and check our overall understanding.

  • Week 2

    The science of attachment

    • What is attachment?

      Exploring the elements and science of attachment and the neuroscience behind the rejection of attachment

    • Attachment and violence

      There are several types of activities that parents can engage young people in to build attachment. Together we unpack these and look at impactful therapy strategies.

    • Wrapping up the week

      Let's bring what we've learned together for reflection, and check our overall understanding.

  • Week 3

    Building capacity and practical responses

    • Building capacity

      What are some strategies we can use to build resilience and coping skills with our client families

    • PACE

      Different therapeutic approaches, how you can run them and the desired outcomes.

    • Bringing it all together

      Look at some practical activities, sum up our learning and test your knowledge.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify core aspects of the impact of interpersonal trauma on the brain
  • Reflect on the requirements for documentation of adolescent to–parent violence within an intake scenario
  • Outline the introductory aspects of attachment theory and how these apply to support work with adolescents
  • Develop a non-violence plan and be able to assess both safety and risk in a basic case plan
  • Describe certain emotional regulation activities and implement them within a case plan
  • Identify more advanced aspects of attachment theory and how they relate to parental capacity.

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

CQUniversity Associate Lecturer Suewellyn Kelly is an educator and practitioner with 30 years of experience in the health, community, and education sectors.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

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    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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