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Treatment focusWhat requirements must a program focus on during treatment and what methods of treatment may they use?

(1) A domestic violence intervention treatment program certified for any level of treatment must document in each participant's record that the program's treatment focus is primarily on increasing victim safety by ending the participant's violence and holding the participant accountable for their abusive behaviors.
(2) The program must document in the participant's record:
(a) The dates, times, and topics covered for each session; and
(b) The behavioral progress of the participant in reaching the objectives or goals as outlined in their treatment plan.
(3) The program must use forensic counseling skills in facilitating evidence-based or promising practices that may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Cognitive-behavioral approaches;
(b) Motivational interviewing or similar client-centered approaches;
(c) Trauma-informed behavioral interventions;
(d) Strength-based strategies; or
(e) Positive behavioral reinforcement strategies.
(4) The program must base all treatment on strategies and philosophies that do not blame the victim or imply that the victim shares any responsibility for the abuse which occurred.
(5) The primary goal of a domestic violence intervention treatment program must be to increase the victim's safety by:
(a) Individualizing treatment for each participant with unique goals, the modality of treatment, and adequate and appropriate intervention to address the participant's high risk factors and needs as outlined in their treatment plan; and
(b) Holding the participant accountable for changing the participant's patterns of abusive thinking and behaving.
[WSR 19-15-044, recodified as § 388-60B-0310, filed 7/11/19, effective 7/28/19. WSR 18-14-078, recodified as § 110-60A-0310, filed 6/29/18, effective 7/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 26.50.150. WSR 18-12-034, § 388-60A-0310, filed 5/29/18, effective 6/29/18.]
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