CPAIP Testing

Testing provided by CTS

Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. (ICDVP) works with Continental Testing Servies to provide test application, test references, candidate study guide, language proficiency form, supervisor assessment form and exam dates.

Visit the CTS Website for more testing information and exam dates.

The following references support the questions on this examination. These books may be available at retail stores and in public and academic libraries. They are also available online from, Barnes and Noble ( and as well as directly from the publishers.

ICDVP selected the following references as the best available sources to represent knowledge and competencies that should be familiar to a certified professional. While these references support questions in content areas important to safe and effective practice, ICDVP does not recommend any particular service model or endorse every statement in these sources. However, ICDVP affirms that domestic violence professionals should be familiar with the issues addressed in these sources.

Bancroft, Lundy & Silverman, Jay G. The Batterer as Parent, 2nd Edition (2012). Sage Series on Violence Against Women
Publisher: Sage Publications.

Pence, Ellen, and Paymar, Michael. Education Groups for Men Who Batter: The Duluth Model (1993)
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Wilson, K.J. When Violence Begins at Home, 2nd Edition (2005)
Publisher: Hunter House Inc.
Publishers Website:

Bergen, Raquel K., “Marital Rape: New Research and Directions.” (2006)
National Resource Center of Domestic Violence (NRCDV).
Available here

Illinois Domestic Violence Act, Revised 2015
Publisher: Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Administrative Code 501, Partner Abuse Intervention. Illinois Department of Social Services. (2014)

A Manual for Mandated Reporters (2015)
Publisher: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Available here

Reporting Adult Abuse: What Professionals Need to Know (2014)
Publisher: Illinois Department on Aging
Available here

Safety & Sobriety: Best Practices in Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse (2005)
Publisher: Illinois Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence/Substance Abuse Interdisciplinary Task Force

All candidates for the Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional certification must complete 40-hour Domestic Violence training at an ICDVP certified training site, complete 20-hour PAIP training at an ICDVP certified training site; and complete 150 hours of satisfactory, documented, supervised direct services at an IDHS approved PAIP program within 3 years of examination date with all hours completed prior to submission of the application. It is the responsibility of the candidate seeking supervision to ensure the following are met.

Hours towards certification must be earned subsequent to completion of the 40-hour Domestic Violence training or the 20-hour/20-hour at an ICDVP certified training site, but may begin prior to the completion of the 20-hour PAIP training as long as the PAIP training is completed within 6 months of the start of supervision.

  • Direct service is defined as service hours provided, and not clocked hours worked.
  • The individual providing supervision must be a current CPAIP working at an IDHS approved PAIP program.

There are no ICDVP approved supervision sites for CPAIP candidates. Instead, supervision must be obtained by providing services at an IDHS approved PAIP program and under the supervision of a current CPAIP. If a candidate does not work for an IDHS approved PAIP program, then hours may be obtained by providing abuser intervention services at their agency or another agency that is an IDHS approved PAIP program under the supervision of a current CPAIP.

  • The CPAIP providing supervision has the discretion to charge external candidates for the supervision.
  • It is recommended that the supervisor have a contract or MOU between their agency and the ICDVP candidate that defines expectations for both parties.

All 150 hours must fit into the 4 approved categories of activities with the hours obtained as listed below.

  1. Group Services: This must account for at least 120 hours.
  2. Victim/Survivor Service Contact: This must account for no less than 8 hours and no more than 20 hours.
  3. Intake Assessments: This must account for no more than 15 hours.
  4. Counseling: This must account for no more than 7.5 hours.

A minimum of 15 hours of supervision are required for every 150 hours of direct services (not clock hours worked, but service hours provided) as defined in the above section. Those 15 hours may consist of any combination of the following:

  • Face to Face
  • Phone Consultation
  • Video Conferencing Communication
  • Review and discussion of documentation and client records
  • Review and discussion of the IDVA, including confidentiality limitations for services not provided through a domestic violence agency
  • Direct observation of service provided.

Group supervision for all sites is limited to 5 supervisees in the group.

The following list of Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professionals (CPAIP) have agreed to provide supervision to CPAIP exam candidates.  Some of the individuals listed have links to bios they have provided to ICDVP.

As of 06/22/21, all CPAIPs on the list are responsible to ensure their CPAIP certification is current, and they meet all the eligibility requirements to provide the supervision.  ICDVP bears no responsibility for updating this list or ensuring the availability of the CPAIP supervisors listed.  Cost for supervision is determined solely by the CPAIP.

Naveeda Athar

Linda Hart

Carol Hennon

Holly Puchner, MA, QMHP, CPAIP

Partner Abuse Intervention Program Coordinator

Turning Point Inc.

PO Box 723 Woodstock, IL 60098


Holly Puchner has her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, which she earned at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She was employed with McHenry County Crisis for 15 years as an on-call response worker, the Crisis Line Team Lead, and on The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team. Holly also facilitated the Survivors of Suicide Support Group. She has extensive mental health experience. 5 years ago, Holly left McHenry County Crisis to join Turning Point (IDHS-approved PAIP) as the Partner Abuse Intervention Program Coordinator, as well as on call for victim services. Holly obtained her certification for The Partner Abuse Intervention Program in 2017 and will recertify in September of this year. Since joining Turning Point, Holly has implemented 2 new programs; a 12-week Parenting Program and a women’s program for Victim’s that act out with violence.

Holly is a member of the 22nd Judicial Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council where she serves on the Steering Committee, the Court, Law Enforcement, and Education Committee, as well as the Human Trafficking Committee.

Zitlalli Roman, MSW, QMHP, CPAIP

Partner Abuse Intervention Program Supervisor

Turning Point Inc.

P.O. Box 723

Woodstock, IL  60098

(815) 338-8081 Ext. 231

Cell: (630) 965-5427

Zitlalli Roman holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has been an Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional since 2020. Zitlalli has co-facilitated PAIP groups since 2016 at Turning Point and is the supervisor of the program. Zitlalli has extensive experience also working with survivors and recently obtained her CDVP, she co-facilitates Spanish-speaking PAIP sessions as well as English-speaking groups. She has worked with survivors in shelter, crisis line and advocacy; giving her well rounded experience for better PAIP facilitation. Zitlalli has also provided CPAIP supervision to multiple facilitators looking to obtain CPAIP certification.

Dr. Lindoria C. Storey

Kimberly Thomas

Kim Thomas works at Healthy Soul Talk LLC and has been CPAIP certified for over 5 years.  She last renewed her certification in 2020.  She is a certified supervisor for LPC/LCPC and the cost for supervision is $100 per month.

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