Research has shown that men who abuse their female partners usually hold sexist attitudes which can enable them to treat their partners in a way that the abusers would not consider treating others, especially those more powerful, like a boss or a judge (Cranwell Schmidt, et al., 2007). Just as sexism is learned, it can be unlearned. There has been evidence for at least short term change in the attitudes of batterers and motivation for change even with a fairly standard “Pro-Feminist” (such as the Duluth model) and Cognitive Behavioral Approach (Cranwell Schmidt et al., 2007). The Duluth model, which involves making batterers aware of how sexist they are and how harmful their abuse is, is a common model, and definitely one of the foundations of the Intervene NOW! program.
Sexism is only one piece of the puzzle. In these situations there is often a lot of other faulty thinking patterns and unrealistic core beliefs. According to Sheafor & Horejsi, “During a course of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the client is helped to identify, monitor, examine, and modify those patterns of thought and the faulty assumptions that give rise to problems. The client is usually taught skills and procedures to recognize the content and impact of their cognitions, evaluation the validity of their perceptions and assumptions, and view events and situations with greater objectivity” (2006,99). In terms of the Intervene NOW! program, they are made aware of such potential faulty thought patterns and taught to replace them with more realistic thoughts.
Other practice considerations include developing a therapeutic alliance. One study indeed seemed to find evidence that this might be the most important factor for making any difference with members of this arguably resistant population (Silvergleid & Mankowski, 2006). One way to accomplish this is by “Pacing and Leading” (Wexler, 2006) which “…employs the process of carefully mirroring—or pacing—the experience of the other person, followed by a leading suggestion for a new way to think or act” (Wexler, 2006). As Wexler describes it, it is a “sequence of communicating empathic understanding and respect for the man’s experience, followed by a new perspective or idea” which can prove to be a very useful approach (Wexler, 2006, 9). The Wexler STOP Domestic Violence Curriculum is the centerpiece of the Intervene NOW! curriculum, supplemented with materials from the EMERGE and Duluth programs. Type your paragraph here.
Learn about domestic violence intervention aka BIP at an information session Friday, March 31st at 4pm .
Covers key concepts of Duluth Model (including Power and Control, empathy, and human rights) in addition to traditional anger management. Currently uses STOP program for Men (Wexler); Turning Points for Women; as well as Emerge and Duluth materials.
Victim/Safety Oriented. Program attempts to make contact with victims and current significant others of program participants.
Program administered by, and classes primarily facilitated by, Lori Steffen, a Licensed Master Social Worker. She is trained in the Duluth model and has over nine years experience as a BIP facilitator. She was also the Executive Director of a domestic violence shelter for two years.
Social ChangE Services
· COST: $15-25 Weekly Class, $60 Intake (DISCOUNT ON INTAKE AVAILABLE THROUGH APRIL!)
· SCHEDULE: Weekdays, Evenings, and Saturdays, 1.5 hour classes
· LOCATIONS: Belton, Independence, Kansas City,
· Small classes
· CERTIFIED Missouri BIP