• March 15, 2022

Understanding Interpersonal Domestic Violence & Treatment Methods Webinar by Donna & David Gates

Interpersonal Domestic Violence IPV & Treatment Methods Webinar


Webinar TopicDomestic Violence/ Interpersonal Violence (IPV): Interviewing Victims/ Perpetrators; Treatment Goals & Methods for Each
Date25 March 2022, Friday

10 am – 11.45 am

PlatformZoom Webinar


Interpersonal violence is defined as any behaviour that demeans or harms a partner in a significant relationship. Such abusive behaviours are based on issues of power and control of one over another in that relationship. An effective therapist must be able to assess and address
such issues in therapy. This webinar will cover:

  • Tools for assessment and treatment planning
  • Interventions in relationships where abusive behaviour is happening
  • Demonstration of skills needed in interviewing both the victim and the perpetrator


There will be a 15-min Q&A at the end of the webinar.


This is a free webinar offered by Morning Star Community Services. For enquiries, please reach us at training@morningstar.org.sg


Registration closes 24 March 2022



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Meet the Speakers


David L. GatesDavid L. Gates, Ph.D., LMFT, CSADC is an individual/ marital/ family therapist with 40 years of experience in the fields of family therapy, addiction, domestic violence, and mediation. He graduated from Northcentral University in 2014 with a doctorate in Psychology. He previously graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1977 with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. He completed the two year postgraduate family therapy training program at the Family Institute in 1983 as well as the two year supervisor of family therapist training program in 1994. He is a licensed marital and family therapist; an Approved Supervisor and Clinical member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy; certified as a supervisor alcohol and other drug abuse counselor. David currently practises at David L. Gates and Associates.



Donna M. GatesDonna M. Gates, M.A., LCPC is a Certified Theraplay® Therapist and Trainer who worked for the past 20 years in private practice at David L. Gates and Associates in Gurnee, IL and Park Ridge, IL. Currently, she is Senior Supervisor and Trainer for The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL. During the past 20 years, she has done individual, couples, and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation. In the past she has worked as a youth and family counselor with Warren Township Youth Commission, developed a children’s program for Families in Touch/ Teen Moms in Waukegan, and supervised college students as they worked in that program. She also worked with the teen moms in the FIT program, teaching parenting skills, life skills, and issues of domestic violence.

Donna obtained her B.A. in Theology from Berkshire Christian College in Massachusetts before working with Campus Life/ Youth for Christ in New York City. She then went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Donna has also had training in Dan Hughes’ DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) model as well as in TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) training with Karyn Purvis and David Cross of Texas Christian University. In the past, she has presented at the Theraplay International Conference and has written two articles for the Theraplay Newsletter, one on the use of Theraplay in Domestic Violence treatment groups and the other on the reparative effects of Theraplay in the treatment of families who have experienced family violence. Donna is the mother of 2 daughters and has 8 grandchildren, all of whom enjoy helping her practice Theraplay activities.



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