The Heart and Mind of An Abuser Faith Based Workshop

June 30, 2018
3 CEU’s for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, ICDVP & PAIP

This workshop/course is for lay people, professionals, and church leadership

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4

Faith Based DV WorkshopFOCUS Ministries offers half day faith based DV workshops/courses. The workshops/courses are designed to provide an in-depth understanding on various topics associated with domestic violence, abusive relationships, and faith. This education aids individuals to make informed decisions and appropriate responses plus equips people helpers, church leadership, and counselors. Each three hour workshop offers 3 CEU’s for licensed counselors and social workers.

An abuser can be a spouse, parent, sibling, a relative, a child, boss, fellow employee, a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, a pastor, or a church member, etc. Those who batter come from all socio-economic, religious and racial backgrounds. They come from all walks of life. There is no “typical” batterer…but the word of God calls them FOOLS.

Often times we ask, “Why does he/she do that?” “What are they thinking?” “How do we respond to an individual who chooses to treat us cruelly?” Journey with us in answering these questions by attending this workshop.

Course Description

  • Profile of an Abuser
  • Inside the Heart and Mind of the Abuser
  • Not All Abusers are equal (ignorance vs. evil)

Workshop Objectives:

  •  Identify abusive behaviors both biblical and practical
  •  Personality traits of an abuser
  •  Common tactics of an abuser
  •  Setting boundaries with an abuser
  •  Who is affected and the effect of abuse on them 

Course Details

  • Location
    FOCUS Ministries, Inc. will hold its training at the FOCUS Office
    57 E. Park Blvd.
    Villa Park, IL 60181
  • Date:
    Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Schedule:
    9:00 am—12:00 pm
    Doors open by 8:45 am
  • Cost:
    $25.00 Nonrefundable
    3 CEUs: $10.00 Nonrefundable

    • FOCUS Ministries, Inc. is a licensed continuing education unit (CEU) sponsor for social workers and counselors and ICDVP & PAIP. 3 CEUs will be offered for an additional $10.00.
  • For a printable copy of the brochure for more information and to print out copies to give to others, please Download Brochure.

June 23, 2018
Call 630-617-0088 after June 23
for space availability.

Online Registration
Registration Deadline:
June 23, 2018

Unlicensed Attendees

Online Registration

Licensed Counselors and Social Workers, ICDVP & PAIP


Mail-in Registration
To register by postal mail, please download the registration form:
Mail in registration PDF document

Please print the registration form, fill it out and send it with a check or money order to:

FOCUS Ministries, Inc.
57 E. Park Blvd.
Villa Park, IL 60181

Our Trainers

Evelyn Colon

Evelyn is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional and Abuser Intervention Facilitator. Evelyn joined FOCUS in 2007 as a leader and facilitator for FOCUS Support Group Ministry. Evelyn has a heart for hurting women and has ministered to those women in the Christian community that have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Evelyn also is a trainer at Partners in the Journey and Faith Based DV seminars for FOCUS Ministries, Inc.

Vilma Matthews, Ed.D, LCPC

Vilma has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Governors State University. She has worked in a counseling capacity for 25+ years. Her clinical experiences are in Domestic Violence (DV) counseling, premarital and marital counseling, working with at-risk youth, and counseling men and women in crisis living in homeless shelters. She is a trained DV counselor and has facilitated various DV support groups for individuals affected and victimized by intimate partner violence.

Martha Tyler

Martha, a former Marine Corps Sergeant, has been a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor since 2005. Along with her sister Vilma Matthews, she has coordinated and lead domestic violence support groups at several churches in the Chicago metropolitan area. She has received her BA in Psychology from Governors State University, is currently enrolled in graduate school at GSU. Martha is a survivor of a 22-year domestically violent marriage. As a result, her passion is helping women in domestic violence situations to learn their worth and value to Christ, teaching them what God’s word has to say about their situation, and walking alongside them as they gain confidence in their ability to not only survive, but to thrive.