April 2017 DVOMB Monthly Minute
Board Updates
Election of New Board Chair!!! - Please Congratulate Merve Davies
We are pleased to announce that on March 17, 2017, the DVOMB elected Merve Davies as its new Chair. Merve has served on several committees during his four years on the DVOMB. Merve takes over for Jackie Sievers following her successful and productive term of two years. Here is an introductory message from Merve:
For the next two years I will help guide the Board and its work to enhance the DV standards and reduce DV offenders recidivism rates in Colorado.  We are at an interesting time where many states have dropped DV treatment or no longer use it because of poor outcome research, while Colorado is working at strengthening the Standards, showing DV treatment does reduce Colorado's domestic violence re-offense rates.
Colorado is the first state to create a differential treatment model.  I have been fortunate to travel to other states talking about our creative approach to DV treatment.  Several states are developing new models and using our model as a guide.  I look forward to the Board updating our Standards to increase their effectiveness.  We have the opportunity to continue being leaders in the country as how to treat DV offenders.  I hope to increase DV provider participation this year at board meetings.  We want to hear about your experiences as a provider, and learn your thoughts on how to improve the effectivenses of Colorado Standards.  Please feel free to contact me and share your thoughts at 970-353-0422.
DVOMB Approved Provider Renewal Season for 2017
It that time everyone, so mark your calendars! If you are currently approved as a DVOMB Treatment Provider (including those in a "not currently practicing" status) and would like to continue to be listed, you will need to submit your renewal application to the DVOMB no later than July 31st, 2017 . There is a new Renewal Application and all previous Renewal Application forms are now obsolete (see below). We encourage you to start this process sooner, rather than later to ensure that you have enough time to complete this application correctly. As always, please feel free to contact the DVOMB staff for assistance or any questions you may have about the process or requirements.
2017 DVOMB Renewal Application
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is sexual assault awareness and prevention month and this is an important topic to discuss and share in your community as the complex issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse of a partner can often overlap. There are a number of ways you can be involved this month and help support local or state organizations who work year-round to inspire change and awareness of sexual assault.
Caring Dads and Working with Child Welfare Survey
The DVOMB in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) are working on a potential initiative to bring additional training opportunities for the Caring Dads Curriculum here in Colorado. This manualized group parenting intervention for fathers is research supported and empirically-based.

At this point, we are hoping to gather more information about the utility of the Caring Dads Curriculum (
Click here) to learn more) and any experiences you may have had with child welfare cases. Additionally, for those DV Treatment Providers whom have not undergone the Caring Dads Curriculum, we are also trying to assess if are interested in becoming trained in this curriculum. 
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below by April 21st, 2017 and let us know your thoughts. 
Caring Dads and Working with Child Welfare Survey
Policy Updates

At the March DVOMB meeting, the board deliberated and ratified several changes to the Standards. Following a review of the public comments submitted to the board regarding Appendix K and the Treatment Coverage Options, the board made a few corrections and subsequently approved these documents for implementation. 
Appendix K. Guidelines for Young Adult Offenders
The purpose of this Appendix is to provide Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Teams (MTTs) with additional guidance on working with domestic violence offenders ages 18-25, who can be classified developmentally as young adults (note, this population is also sometimes referred to as transitioned-aged). This informational document provides MTTs with best practices guidelines, potential risk and protective factors, and suggestions for the treatment and case management of young adults.  Please note that as an Appendix, these guidelines are recommended, but not required, for use by MTTs.  
Treatment Coverage Options
The DVOMB, in collaboration with its DVOMB Treatment Provider Committee, worked to develop this implementation document that is intended to give options for DVOMB Approved Treatment Providers to make arrangements for treatment coverage when they are not available due to illness, vacation, or another form of absence. This implementation document outlines new flexibility for DVOMB Standard 5.01(I) regarding alternative options for the coverage of treatment services by a substitute provider when a DVOMB Approved Treatment Provider needs to miss a treatment session.
Provider Requirements to Update Contact Information - Standard 11.13
At the March DVOMB meeting, the board approved new language submitted by the Application Review Committee (ARC) which now specifies that Approved Providers must notify the DVOMB of their contact information no later than 2 weeks after any change. This change is important to help the DV staff ensure that an Approved Provider's information is correctly listed on our website for referrals. Here is the updated language highlighted in yellow:
11.13 Approved Provider Contact Information: Approved Providers are responsible for notifying the Board in writing of any changes in provider name, address, phone number, program name, Treatment Victim Advocate, Domestic Violence Clinical Supervisor or Peer Consultant and any additional Treatment locations, no later than 2 weeks after any change.
Provisional Providers and Specific Populations - Standard 9.0
At the March DVOMB meeting, the board approved new language submitted by the Application Review Committee (ARC) which provided clarification and now specifies the requirements of Provision Applicants and their ability to work with Specific Populations. The Standards did not address previously if a Provisional Provider was approved to work with Specific Populations. Here is the updated language highlighted in yellow:

9.0 Provisional Provider is designated only for communities with demonstrated need for provider. Provisional approval is most often applicable to rural areas where offender treatment needs are underserved or unmet. Reference 9.07 for requirements for this type of approval. Provisional approval shall only be for designated area of the state. Approved provisional providers are not eligible to practice in other areas of the state, and must apply separately to work with specific populations.
Administrative Policies for Re-applications
At the March DVOMB meeting, the board approved new language submitted by the Application Review Committee (ARC) which revised language in the Administrative Policies regarding providers whose status with DORA has lapsed and are subsequently seeking to be place back on the Approved Provider List. Here is the updated language highlighted in yellow:
Appendix D (I)(F)(3): Providers who were removed from the Provider List due to Standards violations and/or DORA discipline shall submit a Re-Application for RePlacement Application and, if approved, shall provide treatment at Entry Level for at least six months before being permitted to apply for Full Operating Level. Exception: if a Provider is removed from the List solely because of a lapse in their DORA license, registration or certification, then the Provider may be re-placed on the List without submitting fees or a Replacement application once the DORA license, registration or certification has been verifiably restored. Both re-placement options may only occur if the provider is up to date with their renewals, and is able to prove they are in compliance with all of the Administrative Standards.

DVOMB Upcoming Trainings
7Hr. Current Standards Training
April 17, 2017 8:30 - 4:30
710 Kipling Street.
Denver, CO 80215
DVRNA Training April 25, 2017 8:30 - 4:30
710 Kipling Street.
Denver, CO 80215
Offender Evaluation Training May 9, 2017 8:30 - 4:30
700 Kipling Street.
Denver, CO 80215
Please look for more DVOMB Trainings in upcoming editions of the Monthly Minute. The staff are in the process of scheduling trainings for 2017 and will provide notification of future training dates when finalized.
Advanced Series Trainings
Advanced Series Trainings are offered by the Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management (ODVSOM) for audiences who work with both domestic violence and sexual offender populations. These trainings are more in-depth, topic specific that are designed to enhance practices and skill development. These trainings are offered periodically throughout the year and can be uses for ODVSOM training credits.
Please visit the DVOMB Training Page to find out more information about these trainings.
Upcoming Training Events
Developmentally Disabled & Intellectually Disabled Offender Training

(Registration Closed)

April 12, 2017
8:30 - 12:00
445 S. Allison Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80211
Trauma Informed Care

(Registration Open)
May 18, 2017
9:00 - 4:30
2105 Decatur St.
Denver, CO 80211
Description: A large body of research has revealed staggering evidence of the pervasive and enduring nature of adverse childhood experiences. Research clearly indicates that as the number of early adverse experiences increases, the risk for a wide range of health, mental health, and behavioral problems in adulthood also increases in a robust and cumulative fashion. Trauma-informed practitioners recognize the role of early adversity in the development of high-risk and criminal behavior. Maladaptive coping and thinking often result from child maltreatment and family dysfunction experiences that distort one's view of self, others, and the world. By exploring and understanding aggression, violence, and criminal behavior through the lens of early trauma, clinicians and correctional supervisors can infuse trauma-informed practices into existing evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions. Staff working with offenders will learn how to incorporate treatment and supervision methods that mitigate future potential to re-offend by facilitating a strengths-based and trauma-informed model of service delivery. Participants will increase knowledge and skills that will help engage offender clients to improve self-regulation and adopt more healthy and non-harmful strategies for relating to others and meeting emotional needs. This workshop will focus specifically on implementing TIC in treatment programs for interpersonal violence offending.
Ethics for Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Treatment Providers
(Registration is not open at this time)
July 27, 2017
8:30 - 12:00
To Be Determined
Clinical Supervision for Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Treatment Providers
(Registration is not open at this time)
July 27, 2017
1:00 - 4:30
To Be Determined
Description: This will be a 7 hour training divided into two-parts. The morning will focus on provider ethics in the counseling field by discussing how the NAADAC Code of Ethics and the ACA Code of Ethics can inform and impact domestic violence and sex offender providers. This discussion of ethical principles and ethical decision-making will also address the common complaints the DVOMB and the SOMB receive and the potential outcomes of complaints. The second half of this training will focus on clinical supervision and present on the different types of supervision, supervision skillsets, performance domains, documentation, and ethics.
Please note that the Advanced Series Trainings are now being offered in conjunction with the Sex Offender Management Board and may or may not be directly related to domestic violence issues. Please review the training description before registering. To attend any of the above trainings, you must register and pay online by credit card or electronic check.

Please look for more DVOMB Trainings in upcoming editions of the Monthly Minute. The staff are in the process of scheduling trainings for 2017 and will provide notification of future training dates when finalized.
DVOMB and Committee Meeting Dates

All DVOMB meetings are open to the public. We encourage you to participate if you have an interest in any of the current projects of the DVOMB.

Conference Line: 1-888-740-4219
Enter Pass code: 932451#
Training Committee 
April 5, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM
 700 Kipling 3rd Floor
Jesse Hansen
Victim Advocacy Committee
April 11, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM
710 Kipling 4th Floor
Jesse & Carolina
Application Review Committee
April 13, 2017
10:30AM - 4:30PM
700 Kipling 4th Floor
Carolina & Jesse
DVOMB Meeting 
April 14, 2017
9:30AM - 3:30PM
710 Kipling 3rd Floor Rm 308
All Staff
DV Treatment Provider   Committee
April 25, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM
Conference Line
Carolina & Jesse

Research Corner

Wolford - Clevenger, C., Brem, M., Elmquist, J., Florimbio, A., Smith, P. & Stuart, G. (2017). A test of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide among arrested domestic violence offenders. Psychiatry Research, 195-199.
Domestic violence offenders who are court mandated to attend batterer intervention programs (BIPs) have high prevalence rates of suicidal ideation and attempts (22% in the past two weeks; 15% in the past year). The interpersonal psychological theory of suicide (IPTS) is a theory which proposes specific risk factors for suicide ideation and attempts. IPTS posits that suicide ideation results from the concurrent presence of feelings of disconnectedness, self-hatred and liability to others. Wolford-Clevenger et al. (2017), note that domestic violence offenders may be especially vulnerable to suicide ideation as interpersonal and legal consequences of domestic violence offenses may disrupt their social structure. This break down in social structure could potentially generate feelings of self-hatred, liability and disconnectedness. The purpose of this current study was to test whether IPTS constructs associate with suicide ideation and attempts among men and women who are arrested for domestic violence and mandated to BIPs. This study includes a sample of 32 men and 84 women who were mandated to BIPs in Rhode Island. 25% of this sample reported ever having attempted suicide and 30% reported some level of suicidal ideation. Men reported greater capability for suicide than their female counterparts, however no gendered differences were found in feelings of disconnectedness, self-hatred and liability to others.
Kelli Reynolds
Staff Researcher and Statistical Analyst
Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management