Counseling 13: Domestic Violence and Anger Management

Instructor: Maggie Bishay, PsyD

National Domestic Violence hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Course Description:

  • Gain a better understanding of the patterns of behavior of survivor and abusers
  • Learn to communicate with a survivor
  • Grow in verbiage
  • Understand the types of abuse
  • Recognize the warning signs
  • Provide resources and strategies to seek and receiving help
  • Educate to break the cycle

Course outline


Share with each other experiences with domestic violence.

  1. Nature (cycle of abuse)
  2. Tools used
    1. Threats
    2. Isolation
    3. Manipulation
  3. Reality shift
  4. Familiarity
    1. Why do they stay?
    2. Why do they keep going back?
    3. Why do they often defend the abuser?
  5. The effects of the children
  6. Re-victimization
  7. Treatment:
    1. Cycle of respect
    2. Safety plan
    3. Know when to ask for help
    4. Provide the victims with resources in the area
  8. Look into the abuser’s mind
  9. Understand and identify the mind of a Narcissists


Each student is asked to watch several movies that portray DV.

“Sleeping with the enemy” 1991


“Cries Unheard” 1994

“Men don’t tell” 1993



A) students are asked to write a 1-page paper on:

Personal perceptive regarding thoughts, feelings, emotions experienced when watching the assigned movies.

B) read the books assigned and write a 3-page book report explaining what you learned from the book


Required reading:

   “No Visible Bruises” by Rachel L. Snyder

    “The Covert Passive-Aggressive Narcissist” by Debbie Mizra



Grading Scale: Test Schedule Percentage of course grade
A 90-100

B 80-89

Below 80 will get certificate of attendance

F Below 60