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On Demand

VAW 2.23 Redefining Trauma-Informed Assessments for Teen Dating Violence: An Introduction to the VIP Study (On Demand)

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Category II CEs

Special Offers |  OnDemand
Joseph Cohen, PhD
Course Levels:
1 Hour 11 Minutes
Audio and Video


Mandates for risk assessment protocols to be trauma-informed are now common across juvenile justice and school settings. However, there is little direction on how to best translate this mandate into evidence-based screening and assessment tools. This presentation will describe the theoretical model underpinning the Vulnerability, Impairment, and Promotive factors (VIP) Study, which seeks to offer an alternative to existing risk assessment approaches in vulnerable adolescents. Using teen dating violence (TDV) as our criterion, we show preliminary evidence on how using dynamic, latent vulnerabilities stemming from trauma-exposure may lead to accurate and more equitable assessments of risk for TDV compared to prevailing practices. Findings from the VIP Study will be discussed, as well as translational implications and aims for the upcoming follow-up study. 

Recorded on February 23, 2023


* On-Demand workshops are worth Category II CEs (for Maryland Social Workers)

* You have thirty (30) days of access after registration

* Refunds or transfers will not be granted after purchase. 



Joseph Cohen, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Joseph Cohen is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Dr. Cohen’s research seeks to elucidate the pathways to distress and impairment within the context of interpersonal trauma, and how to translate these findings into trauma-informed and culturally sensitive risk assessments for at-risk youth.  

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this event, participants will be able to: 

    • Define teen dating violence and summarize its prevalence and impact on society.
    • Distinguish between trauma-focused and risk factor prevention paradigm (RFPP)-informed approaches for risk assessment.
    • Explain from a developmental trauma perspective what it means for a dynamic risk or strength to be trauma-informed.
    • Describe thresholds for how to define whether a screening measure is (a) clinically useful and (b) statistically fair.

Bibliography & References


Berk, R., Heidari, H., Jabbari, S., Kearns, M., & Roth, A. (2021). Fairness in criminal justice risk assessments: The state of the art. Sociological Methods & Research, 50(1), 3-44.

Cohen, J. R., Choi, J. W., Thakur, H., & Temple, J. R. (2021). Psychological Distress and Well‐Being in Trauma‐Exposed Adolescents: A Residualized, Person‐Centered Approach to Resilience. Journal of traumatic stress, 34(3), 487-500.

Cohen, J. R., Shorey, R. C., Menon, S. V., & Temple, J. R. (2018). Predicting teen dating violence perpetration. Pediatrics, 141(4). e20172790.


Cohen, J. R., So, F. K., Hankin, B. L., & Young, J. F. (2019). Translating cognitive vulnerability theory into improved adolescent depression screening: A receiver operating characteristic approach. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 48(4), 582-595.

Debnam, K. J., & Temple, J. R. (2021). Dating matters and the future of teen dating violence prevention. Prevention science, 22(2), 187-192.

Jaffee, S. R. (2017). Child maltreatment and risk for psychopathology in childhood and adulthood. Annual review of clinical psychology, 13, 525-551.

Spencer, C. M., Toews, M. L., Anders, K. M., & Emanuels, S. K. (2021). Risk markers for physical teen dating violence perpetration: A meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 22(3), 619-631.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category II Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 1 Category II Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category B continuing professional education.

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $15 and includes CE credit. No refunds will be granted for this event.