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BISC-MI History

BISC was formed in July of 1994 when the staff
of First Step's Violence Intervention Project (Canton, MI) met with the staff
of Catholic Social Service of Washtenaw County's
Alternatives to Domestic Aggression Program (Ann Arbor, MI)
to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.

BISC's membership grew rapidly, primarily with people who work with batterer intervention
services and battered women's services organizations.

1996 History Information

May 1996 BISC held the FIRST Michigan Statewide Conference on batterer intervention and state standards. The conference was held at Higgins Lake, McMullen Conference Center. As a result, BISCMI was initiated in November 1996, pulling together the efforts of all six regions of Michigan. Angela Essick-Dykes and David Garvin were also elected Co-Chairs of BISCMI, Sue Doyle elected Treasurer, Kat Laprise elected Secretary.

1997 History Information

April 1997 we hosted our SECOND annual Statewide Conference at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.

May 1997 Governor John Engler formed the "Governors Task Force on Batterer Intervention Services Standards." Governor Engler named as Co-chairs Shannon Brower, who was the Chair of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and David Garvin, who at that time was a Co-Chair of BISCMI.

BISC-MI's membership continued to grow rapidly. Membership included people and agencies who work in batterer intervention services, battered women's services organizations, and those involved in a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

1998 History Information

April 1998 we hosted our THIRD annual Statewide Conference at the McGuire's Resort in Cadillac, Michigan Featuring: Donald Dutton, Ph.D. and Creel Froman, Ph.D..

1999 History Information

March 1999 we hosted our FOURTH annual Statewide Conference at the McGuire's Resort in Cadillac, Michigan Featuring: Paul Kivel and Ann Ganley, Ph.D..

2000 History Information

March 2000 we hosted our FIFTH annual Statewide Conference at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland, Michigan Featuring: Jacquelyn Campbell Ph.D., RN, FAAN..

2001 History Information

March 2001 we hosted our SIXTH annual Statewide Conference at the Kewadin Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Featuring: Ellen Pence, Ph.D..

2002 History Information

March 2002 we hosted our SEVENTH annual Statewide Conference at the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. The featured speakers included Ed Gondolf, Dr. Oliver J. Williams Executive Director of The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, Denise Brown, and Michigan's Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus.

2003 History Information

March 2003 we hosted our EIGTH annual Statewide Conference at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan. Featuring Jackson Katz.

Elections were held and the following were named as officers: David J.H. Garvin as Chair Elect, Peaty Hershberger as Treasurer and Michael Snyder-Barker as Communications Coordinator. Also, Deb Crandall was placed into the office of Past Chair and Stephan Scoggins was moved into the office of Chair.

November 2003: Fifth Annual Fall Training "Domestic Violence and Anger Management: Knowing the Difference Can Save Lives” Web Based Handouts by David J. H. Garvin

2004 History Information

May 2004 we hosted our NINTH annual Statewide Conference at Best Western Midway Hotel in Lansing, Michigan Featuring: Lundy Bancroft.
BISCMI's Ninth Annual Conference "Batterers as Fathers and Sons: Featuring Lundy Bancroft”. May 12 through 14, 2004.

At the business meeting of the 9th Annual conference the membership was asked to review a position paper on the need for a major restructuring of BISCMI. There was unanimous support in favor of the request to keep the current officers: David J.H. Garvin as Chair, Peaty Hershberger as Treasurer and Michael Snyder-Barker as Communications Coordinator as well as the current representatives in place while we proceed with the necessary changes.

November 2004: BISC-MI’s Sixth Annual Fall Training
“Safety and Custody Issues In Domestic Violence: Understaning the Law is Key To Our Work With Batterers"

2005 History Information

Spring Training April 2005: Understanding the Intersection of Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

November 2005 BISC-MI Celebrated its 10th Anniversary by hosting an international conference on Batterer Intervention. Click here for information on the TENTH Annual BISC-MI Conference.

This conference was entitled, FROM ROOTS TO WINGS: The Future of Batterer Intervention.

This was an international conference and was attended by 545 people from around the world.

2006 History Information

The 2006 Spring Training: "Trial Run"

November 2006 we hosted our ELEVENTH Annual BISC-MI Conference


  • Dr. Peter Jaffe PhD, C. Psych.
  • Dr. David Lisak, Ph.D.
  • Rus Ervin Funk
Breakout workshops by:
Patrick S. McFarlane, MSW, MA
Robert Ortega Ph.D.
Cathryn Antkowiak-Howard, LMSW, CAC I, C.Ht.
Sandra Johnson, LMSW, LMFT, CEAP. International Trainer for  ICISF
Barb Massie
Emily Jean McFadden LMSW
Leann C. Holland RN, SANE-A, CFN
Barb Walkington, L.M.S.W.
Dr. Donald Wilde
Jeffrie Cape, LMSW

At our Annual Meeting the following Board Members were elected to terms January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2010

  • Sue Doyle
  • Holly Rosen
  • Susan Wittig
  • Donald Wilde
For additional information on the BISC-MI Board Click Here

2007 History Information

2007 Spring Training: A Call To Men
April 20, 2007
Featuring: Ted Bunch

Showcasing Michigan Innovations in Responding to Domestic Violence
BISC-MI's 12th Annual Conference
November 7, 8, 9, 2007

Featuring: Dr. Evan Stark

Workshops by:
Anthony Taylor
Bonnie Nicholas
Caitlin Garvin
Chéree Thomas
Darlene Sandel
David J.H. Garvin
Debi Cain
Dr. Dan Saunders
Dr. Donald Wilde M.Div
Dr. Mark Ragg
Dr. Rich Tolman
Elder Tracy Blakely
Evan Stark
Evangelist Beverly Brown
Herb Tanner
Jaycee Memminger (Welcome day 2)
Jeffrie Cape
Judge Amy Krause
Judge Anne Blatchford
Judge Brian MacKenzie
Judge Edward Sosnick
Judge Elizabeth Pollard Hines
Judge James E. Sheridan
Judge Julie Reincke
Judge Phyllis McMillen
Judge Ruth Carter
Judge Scott Schofield
Judge T.J. Phillips
Judge Thomas Boyd
Kathy Hagenian
Leigh Baker
Lisa Y. Larance
Marcus Pope
Representative from the Mayor of the City of Detroit (Welcome day 1)
Minister Stephanye Fauntleroy
Minister Stephanye Fauntleroy
Ms. Tina Bryant
Oliver Williams
Paula Callen
Regina Jordan
Reverend Diane C. Smalley
Reverend Gwendolyn Pettway
Rhea Ferrier
Rick Kleinstiver
Sally Welsh
Sandi Hoppough
Susan Kheder
Tammy Lemmer
Vijay Singh

2008 History Information
Children Living With Domestic Violence
April 9-10, 2008
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
East Lansing, Michigan
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The 2008 Spring Training was an event held by the State Court Administrators office.
BISC-MI was a Co-Sponsor
This event received over 850 registrants apply for a 500 capacity conference

BISC-MI's 13th Annual Conference
September 17, 18, 19, 2008

Beautiful Northern Michigan at Shanty Creek Resorts
Bellaire, Michigan

Over 320 registrants from 25 States
and the United Kingdom were in attendance

Dr. David Adams
Juan Carlos Arean
Jacquelyn Boggess
Eusebus Ekere
Dr. Ed Gondolf
 Matthew Grimes
Julie Johnson
Juanita Jones
David Mandel
Dave Mathews
Dr. Fernando Mederos
Lisa Nitsch
Johnny Rice II
Roger Steffy
Lee Taft
Dr. Rich Tolman
Dr. Oliver Williams

2009 History Information

Ethical and Professional Dilemmas
Friday, April 24, 2009
Bavarian Inn Lodge
One Covered Lane
Frankenmuth, MI  48734

Click here for more info
Wednesday August 19, 2009
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance
Detroit Michigan
BISC-MI partnered this event along with
The Michigan Department of Corrections,
The Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board,
and The Institute on Domestic Violence in The African American Community.

The 14th Annual BISC-MI Fall Conference
click here for more info
Conference pictures
Offering a faculty of 40 experts from around the country

November 4, 5, 6, 2009

A partnership of Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan
and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

2010 History Information

Conference Date: Friday, April 23, 2010

Featuring popular speaker and former FBI Profiler
Craig N. Ackley

Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
28123 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI  48834-3738


15th Annual BISC-MI Conference

National Conference in South East Michigan
November 4 & 5, 2010
Pontiac, Michigan
Click Here for Faculty Listing
Conference Pictures

2011 History Information

National Conference
April 13, 14, and 15, 2011
The 16th Annual BISC-MI Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Conference website
Conference materials
Conference pictures

November 4th, 2011
 Okemos, Michigan

Conference website

2012 History Information

April 13th, 2012
Lansing, Michigan

Click Here for additional Information

Topic: Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) Contact with Survivors: Ethics, Risks, Complications and Strategies
Summary: Survivor contact for a BIP is deceptively complicated. Michigan standards stipulate the:

"BIP should have a policy and procedure for informing victims about the program. The BIP must caution the victim that the batterer intervention service does not guarantee the victim’s safety, nor that the batterer will change. In addition, the BIP must provide information and referrals to the victim. Victims always have the right to refuse contact with the BIP".
The ethics, risks, complications and possible strategies of HOW this is conducted will be discussed and illustrated throughout the day.

Revisiting The Intersection
of Batterer Intervention & Substance Abuse
November 1st & 2nd 2012
 Livonia, Michigan
thAnnual Conference

Conference Location: Holiday Inn, Detroit Livonia Conference Center
17123 Laurel Park Drive North
Livonia ,  Michigan   48152

Summary: Knowledge is Power and Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge in a useful and meaningful way. Revisiting the Intersection of Batterer Intervention and Substance Abuse is a conference which will bring practitioners from around the country to present, discuss, inspire and challenge our thinking in ways which will aid in the development of enhanced and additional means to our work, in ending domestic violence.

Conference Website
Conference Materials

2013 History Information

Friday September 13, 2013
CEU Credit:
6 BIP Credits!
Location: Lifeways Community Mental Health,
1200 N. West Ave, Jackson, MI.

Conference Website

Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) invites you a training that will feature several speakers presenting on a range of topics related to the incorporation of the rapidly expanding research on trauma and trauma informed care into the provision of batterer intervention services.

Theoretical, philosophical, and practical application issues will be addressed, including presentations on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The format will encourage active participant input, discussion and networking.

Stone Soup Gathering 2013

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2014 History Information

2015 History Information

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