January 10 - Dr. Cynthia Swenson

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences   |  Grand Rounds Series

"Developing, Implementing, and Testing a Family-Based Treatment Model for Intimate Partner Violence"

Friday, Jan 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location Institute of Psychiatry-1st Floor Auditorium, 67 President Street Charleston, SC 29425

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosts bimonthly Grand Rounds that span the academic year.

Join us as we host Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Ph.D., Professor in the division of Global and Community Health of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of South Carolina. This presentation details the development and implementation of a new treatment model applied to families experiencing child abuse and neglect plus intimate partner violence. This model, called Multisystemic Therapy for Intimate Partner Violence (MST-IPV), is a collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The work has been in process for 3 years. Importantly, based on current research, the presentation shows why family-based treatment that includes domestic-violence couples therapy is critical to prevention of further IPV.

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit(s)™.  At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

1. Identify current research on treatment of intimate partner violence
2. Describe family-based treatment in cases of intimate partner violence
3. Describe process of implementing a new treatment model for populations with serious clinical needs and safety risks

Unable to attend in person? Register for our live stream. Go to: https://musc.webex.com    

Session Number: 645 763 840

Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.




Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Ph.D. is Professor in the division of Global and Community Health of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Florida State University. Her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in child and pediatric psychology were completed at MUSC. She is developer of the Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect treatment model based on a 5-year NIMH-funded randomized effectiveness trial that is now disseminated in 6 countries. In addition, she is co-developer of Multisystemic Therapy – Building Stronger Families, an ecological treatment model for treating co-occurring child maltreatment and parental substance abuse. Dr. Swenson directed a community violence prevention project called Neighborhood Solutions in the Union Heights neighborhood of North Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to positive outcomes on community violence rates and reductions in youth substance abuse and school expulsion, this project led to significant work on community development and health in Ghana, West Africa for the last 13 years. She is involved in a number of child abuse and neglect treatment projects in the United States and multiple other countries. Her current research involves development, implementing, and testing a family-based treatment for child abuse and neglect plus intimate partner violence among parents in the state of Connecticut.