DSW Candidate – Kayla McRae, MSW, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Exploring the Effects that Domestic Violence has on Children: The Role of the Social Worker in Promoting Healing, Empowerment, and Social Change

DSW Candidate – Kayla McRae, MSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Exploring the effects that domestic violence has on children: The role of the social worker in promoting healing, empowerment, and social change

This presentation, titled “The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and the Role of the Social Workers,” encapsulates a comprehensive study conducted in three distinct sections. It effectively outlines the critical background information concerning the issue of domestic violence(DV) and underscores the pivotal roles of social workers. While the presentation offers a broad overview, the detailed specifics are delved into accompanying research papers.

The first section addresses the problem of DV and elucidates the roles involved. This section delves into the origins and repercussions of domestic violence on children’s lives, as well as the responsibilities entrusted to social workers. The subsequent section comprises a systematic literature review focusing on the topics at hand, consolidating findings from both past and present studies. This section provides insights into the evolution of the issue within the US, documented impacts, and implemented interventions.

The third section consist of the conceptual paper. It also presents trauma-based programs designed to assist children , suitable for implementation within social work organizations. The final section explores the difficulties social workers face in acquiring adequate volunteer resources and labor to support their initiatives. Furthermore, it sheds light on a commonly overlooked challenge social workers face: acquiring adequate volunteer resources and labor. Specific strategies aimed at enhancing volunteerism are discussed in detail.

Finally, the presentation outlines actionable steps forward based on the significant findings gleaned from the study.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how domestic violence impacts the early and late development of young children who witness violence between parents.
  2. Evaluate social workers’ role and responsibilities in enhancing protection and promoting healthy growth for children affected by domestic violence.
  3. Reframe the critical challenges confronting social work organizations when addressing domestic violence issues within communities and families


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.