2022 Conference

26th Annual BISC-MI Conference

Dates: October 25, 26, 27, 2022

Innovative Practices in Battering Intervention Programs:
How Can We Do Better?

AT THE KENSINGTON HOTEL – Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Conference description:

One of the most common questions still asked about battering intervention programs (BIPs) is, “Do they work?” It is important to recognize that there is a substantial body of research, stretching over decades, that demonstrate the effectiveness of BIPs in reducing rates of domestic violence. It is time to replace the question “Do Battering Intervention Programs work?” with “How can BIPs work better?

This year’s BISC-MI conference will recognize the legitimacy and impact of BIPs while focusing on innovative practices from around the country. The goal is to encourage attendees to examine what they are currently doing that works while continuing to evolve and explore what they might be able to do better.

Cost: The fee for attending this conference in-person versus virtually is the same because those attending in-person will have meals and snacks or dessert provided at evening networking events, and those attending virtually will be paying for the additional technological fees associated with making this conference possible to attend virtually.

Membership Fee Reduction: There is a reduced fee for in-person or virtual attendees who are BISC-MI members. For more information about membership, go to: https://www.biscmi.org/about/get-membership/


Registration open soon!

Three Day Registration By October 4, 2022:
Member Early Bird: $350.00
Non-Member Early Bird: $450.00

Three Day Registration After October 4, 2022:
Member $450.00
Non-Member $550.00

Daily Registration (for Virtual Attendees only):
Member $150.00
Non-Member $195.00

Student Reduced Rate Available
(See Scholarship Info Below)

In person attendees must attend all three days.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks included with registration fee.

Virtual attendees have the option of attending all or part of this conference.

This conference will be only be offered live with participation online or in person  (The conference will not be recorded)

18.0 CEs applied for and in process
Fee for Michigan-approved Social Work CEs:

$50.00 for all three days,
or $20.00 per day option for virtual attendees only

18.0 BIP CEs – no extra fee, not limited to Michigan

Click here for conference information in .pdf format

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Student Rate offered for Virtual or In-Person Conference

Students interested in a low-cost conference:

The Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) is offering student scholarships and seeking applications available to
undergraduate and graduate students, for our 2022 hybrid conference .

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Students whose applications are accepted can attend virtually or in-person for $25 per day,
with the choice of attending one, two, or three of the days.|

The non-student cost for this three-day conference is $350.00 for BISC-MI members, and $450.00 for non-BISC-MI members,
for those who register by October 4, 2022.

Note for students attending in-person:  The $25.00 daily fee covers meals and conference registration.
Lodging costs are not included at or near the Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan.|

To fill out an application to apply for this student rate, go to this link: https://forms.gle/uLAhzyRzcBEbSWx76


Make lodging reservations early with THE KENSINGTON HOTEL – ANN ARBOR!

NOTE: Lodging reservations is a separate process from conference registration

LODGING RATES & RESERVATIONS:

https://www.kcourtaa.com/

RATES & RESERVATIONS
The Kensington Hotel – Ann Arbor offers BISC-MI guests a reduced rate of $105.00/night for single and double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. If you are state of Michigan tax exempt, be sure present appropriate documentation at hotel check in.

DON’T WAIT!
The deadline for making reservations is Wednesday, November 3, 2021 but the conference block may easily fill sooner and rooms will no longer be available at the reduced rate. If the Kensington Hotel block fills, BISC-MI will share information for alternate partner hotels in the area, but reduced rate offers are not guaranteed.

RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS
Rooms are offered at the conference rate for the nights of Tuesday November 16 – Thursday November 18 (checking-out Friday November 19). If you wish to request additional dates outside that window, reservations must be made by calling the hotel directly; the online reservation link will not accept dates outside the conference block window.

Note: Hotel cancellations must be made by 11/15/2021
Hotel check-in time is 4:00 pm; check-out is 11:00 am

To make hotel lodging reservations online:

  • Start at the hotel’s homepage online: Click Here
  • Enter the dates of your stay
  • In the promo code box, enter: BISC to see the discounted block rate reflected.

 

In the Discount Code field (drop down menu), select “Group Attendee,” then enter code: “BISC.”
Please note: some features and information display differently across various mobile and desktop devices.
Please contact the hotel with questions or issues about the online reservation process.

THE KENSINGTON HOTEL – ANN ARBOR

Address:  3500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (866) 315-7075
Email: ask@kcourtaa.com

Easy Parking!
Ample, free self-parking is available at the Kensington Hotel Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

 

Day One: Tuesday, October 25, 2022

 

8:30 am – 9:30 am EST Continental Breakfast Provided and Registration

9:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome

10:00 am – 11:30 am Plenary 1: Centering Survivor Perspectives:  What Do Survivors Want from BIPs?
Faculty: Lisa Young Larance, Richard M. Tolman
Description: Centering survivors’ experiences and priorities is an essential foundational principle of accountable, effective BIP work as well as a fundamental component of reimagining systems’ responses to intimate partner violence. Thus, in order to address the question of this year’s conference, “How Can We Do Better?” we must begin with, and consistently incorporate, direction from those who have survived intimate harm. This session will provide early information from a community-based participatory research study designed to assess BIP effectiveness from the perspectives of women from diverse backgrounds whose abusive partners had BIP contact. The presentation will provide an opportunity to examine emerging findings and explore directions for further study.

11:30 am – 11:45 am EST Break

11:45 am – 1:15 pm EST Plenary 2: Talking Research: How to Effectively Access, Understand, and Utilize Findings
Faculty: Etiony Aldarondo & Eric Mankowski
Description: Has your abuse intervention and prevention program missed out on referrals because mandating authorities said they needed evidence that your program is effective?  Has a judge asked for research showing that your program is effective, but you couldn’t provide what they wanted?  Or you lost a service contract with state or county corrections, perhaps because a new but seemingly untested alternative program model was adopted instead?  Maybe you are willing to do some research on your program but have no funds to do this and have little idea how to begin or who to approach to ask for assistance.  Perhaps you are interested in improving your program with the latest research-based best practices, but wonder how to access published studies, and do not want to pay fees to access articles that only include a one paragraph abstract. Or when reading research articles, you are uncertain about what it means for the work you do.  If any of these resonate, as applied academic and consulting researchers, we hear you! At this session, we will demystify the university-based system of research, explain how to access research and develop meaningful and rewarding relationships with university faculty and students, offer a practical toolkit for engaging and utilizing research (e.g., how to form a research advisory board), and make the case that abuse intervention programs and their participants have unique capacity in our intervention system to generate invaluable knowledge that is urgently needed to promote safety at home and in the community.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm EST Lunch Buffet Provided

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Plenary 3: Can They Really Change? Can We? Expanding Our Interventions for Change Through a Helpline for Abusive Partners
Faculty: JAC Patrissi
Description: In April 2021 the state of Massachusetts opened the nation’s first free, anonymous confidential helpline dedicated to creating the conditions for change through dialogue with people who use the tools of abuse in their intimate partnerships. Though conceived as a statewide helpline, calls have been coming from around the country and are welcomed. The A Call for Change Helpline co-founders place this innovation in a tradition of transformative justice using a framework that sees intimate partner violence within White Supremacy and other forms of domination. In this presentation we will explore these and other questions:  1) Why have a helpline like this?  2) What have we learned?  3) What is the most critical skill we continually cultivate?  4) How and why Black Indigenous People of Color and LGBTQUIA communities lead and shape our analysis and interventions.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm EST Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Plenary 4: Voluntary and Non-Court Mandated Participation in Partner Abuse Intervention (PAIP) Programming: Exploring Innovative and Historically Ignored Avenues to Ending Violence for Black and Latino Men
Faculty: Maxine Davis
Description: In the U.S., partner abuse intervention programs (PAIP) are mostly attended by people who are court mandated into treatment. However, given the vast nature of abuse and violence, it is estimated that only 1-5% of men who batter women will enter intervention for domestic violence. The current conveyor-belt style system of addressing intimate partner violence perpetration is not an efficient mechanism to end this enormous social and public health problem. Embracing innovation is a preeminent factor in reaching the other 95-99% of people who need help and delivering more effective care. Drawing on the work of Angela Davis and other prominent abolitionists, this session prioritizes the necessity to expand our imagination and explore the possibilities of community-led solutions and interventions. Particular attention is given to historically ignored trauma-informed practices with Black and Latino men, spotlighting lessons-learned through research conducted with an entirely voluntary PAIP in Chicago. The session includes substantial discussion on anti-carceral approaches for ending intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A) perpetration in romantic relationships. Three specific, research-informed sites of promise for achieving greater change are presented as noteworthy of discussion: music/art (hip-hop), health-care settings, and religious-faith communities. The presentation offers a window into the future of battering intervention strategies, while debunking often circulated myths with the most up to date research findings available. Audience members will gain knowledge on the characteristics of providers successfully engaging non-court mandated clients, be inspired to think more broadly about intervention, and question how they view the road towards ending violence perpetration.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST Plenary 5: Moving into Practice Based Evidence
Faculty: Jeremy Neville-Sorell
Description: Models of Evidence Based Practices (EBP) are rooted in a medical approach that replaces the “answering every symptom with a pill” approach to a model that applies critical thinking into treatment options where you weigh options, investigate leading remedies and work with your patient to create a plan. The research practice gap exists due to the very nature of the way in which EBPs are developed and validated. Clinical trials are often characterized by a high degree of structure and fidelity to the model under investigation, homogeneous populations (often white, middle class), controlled patient histories, and with a bias toward excluding individuals who don’t fit a strict set of criteria for participation in the research study. This causes limitations on how you work and limits the effectiveness to a defined population. Moving into a Practice Based Evidence (PBE) approach, the organization accounts for the messy and complicated real-life issues and things that cannot be controlled and employs strategies based upon principles and philosophies in the process of measurement and tracking success, not controlling how practice is delivered. PBE relies on services being organized and multi-faceted interventions that are designed to serve consumers with complex problems, in a comprehensive yet individualized manner, based on a clearly articulated theory of change, identification of the active agents of change, and the specification of necessary organizational supports.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm EST Dinner on own

8:00 pm Open Gathering: Getting to Know You!

Day Two: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

8:30 am – 9:30 am EST Continental Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:00 am EST Welcome and Housekeeping

10:00 am – 10:30 am EST COMPASS Award:  Duluth Model founder Ellen Pence (posthumously) and Michael Paymar co-authors of the Duluth Curriculum: Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

10:30 am – 11:30 am EST Plenary 6: Going deeper with success: The Duluth Curriculum and Facilitator Training Updates
Faculty: Michael Paymar & Amanda McCormick
Description: The key to creating a change process with men who batter is grounding the work in survivors’ experiences of abuse and violence. The Duluth Curriculum has provided an effective and practical way to do this by putting the most common tactics of abuse, as they are defined by survivors, at the heart of the group work. From this lens we understand and explore all other factors including the nature of the abuse; its intent; the effects; the belief systems that underpin the behavior and their links to wider social structures and cultures; as well as participant perceptions of their experiences. Based on an extensive review of group recordings, case files, and what we have learned locally and nationally from the field, we developed a new training that addresses the challenges facilitators have (keeping participants focused on their use of violence and abuse and change) through a transformative survivor-centered approach using Freirean Dialogue. Participants in this session will get a glimpse of what we have learned and how the updated curriculum and training will enhance your implementation of Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter: The Duluth Curriculum.

11:30 am – 11:45 am EST Break

11:45 am – 12:45 pm EST Plenary 7: Beyond the Group Room: Additional Elements To Facilitate Change in People Who Commit Harm
Faculty: Nathaniel Tolbert
Description
: This presentation will highlight the innovative work Urban Resource Institute is doing to help people who commit harm to change beyond the actual group content and facilitation process.  Aspects covered will include trauma informed care, restorative justice practices, staff supervision, and wrap around services for participants. Preliminary research has found that this enhanced intervention is having a significant impact on participants’ lives and facilitating reductions in abusive behavior.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm EST Lunch Buffet Provided

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm EST Plenary 8: Intervention Staff Accountability and Skill Assessment
Faculty: Lisa Nitsch
Description: This presentation will provide several practical tools for establishing performance goals and assessing and supporting intervention staff skill development. Guidance on group preparation and debriefing, supervision, and coaching will be provided. In addition to offering valuable tools for those who supervise, this workshop is relevant for any intervention staff working to improve communication and performance within their team.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm EST Plenary 9: Batterer Intervention Programs in Rural and Remote Places: What We Know and What We Don’t Know
Faculty: Walter S. DeKeseredy
Description: Research on violence against rural women has mushroomed in the last 20 years. There is now conclusive scientific evidence showing that women in non-metropolitan areas are more likely to be physically and sexually abused by men than are their metropolitan counterparts. Nevertheless, there is much we do not know about the availability and effectiveness of batterer intervention programs (BIPs) in rural communities. The main objective of this presentation is to follow in the footsteps of the contributors to the 2011 anthology Violence Against Women and Children: Mapping the Terrain, to provide answers to these three questions: 1) What do we know about BIPS in rural and remote places?  2) How do we know it?  3) What are the next steps?

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm EST Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST Plenary 10: Talking about Technology Abuse: Perspectives from Abusive Partners and Implications for Interventions.
Faculty: Rosanna Bellini
Description: Previous work has examined tech abuse from the perspectives of survivors allowing us to learn the various types of tech abuse attacks that abusive partners use against their survivor(s). Such behaviours can include sending harassing text messages, threatening to share confidential information online, controlling access to social media accounts and surreptitious location monitoring. This session will share how this program complements this understanding by hearing from abusive partners themselves, both online and in-person about how they make sense of these behaviours. Through exploration of online public forums, and in collaboration with programme providers in New York City, this session will suggest ways for how providers can be responsive to an abusive partner’s perspectives as we work toward improved outcomes for survivors.

Dinner on  your own

7:30 pm EST Show & Tell: This informal gathering will provide attendees an opportunity to share innovative practices and techniques with abusive partners. Come share or listen and learn!

Day Three: Thursday, October 27, 2022

8:15 am – 9:15 am EST Continental Breakfast, Room check out!

9:15 am – 9:30 am EST Welcome and Housekeeping

9:30 am – 10:00 am EST Survivor Presentation

10:00 am – 11:00 am EST Plenary 11: The Development of Evidence-based Standards for Perpetrator Interventions in England and Wales
Faculty: Nicole Westmarland (presented remotely)
Description: This session will explain the background, approach, and outcomes of a project on ‘standards’ that was commissioned by the UK Government in 2022. The standards cover behaviour change group work as well as other specialist interventions. This session will describe how this team conducted a rapid evidence assessment of academic knowledge alongside a series of roundtables to ensure that practice knowledge was fully acknowledged and present the standards at this session alongside the evidence base for each of them.

11:00 am – 11:15 am EST Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm EST Plenary 12: Promising Practices for Engaging Men in BIP
Faculty: Emiliano Diaz de Leon
Description: Research on engaging men in violence prevention calls attention to the promising practices of men nurturing healthy non-violent relationships with boys and men in their lives, participating in critical conversations around healthy versus toxic masculinity, and taking collective action to end gender-based violence. Emiliano will share unique challenges, inspiring successes, and lessons learned from utilizing these practices, as well as his experience of working with men in BIPs to end domestic violence.  Additionally, participants will identify effective components of prevention programming, including post-BIP men’s discussion groups and allied action events/campaigns. The strategies and tools shared will help meet the needs of diverse groups of men, including fathers, men of color, gay, bi, queer, and trans men.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm EST Lunch Buffet Provided

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm EST Plenary 13: Risk, Needs, and Responsivity Principles: How Do They Fit in the Work of Domestic Violence Offender Intervention?
Faculty: Caroleena Frane
Description: A growing body of research shows promise behind the use of evidence-based practices (EBP) in domestic violence intervention. Calling upon the principles of Risk, Needs, and Responsivity (RNR) and the Principles of Effective Intervention (PEI), the field is at a crossroads in defining the next era of programming for individuals who engage in intimate partner violence. Emerging questions about how to define risk, how to differentiate intervention and supervision needs, how to measure change, and what defines effectiveness, are central to establishing legitimacy in intervening with offenders. This session will review the recent literature and contextualize how the RNR principles are utilized in the Colorado Standards for the Evaluation, Treatment and Behavioral Monitoring of Domestic Violence Offenders. Limitations and implications for policymakers and practitioners will be discussed in addition to anticipated changes to the Colorado Standards to promote greater adherence to the PEIs.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm EST Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST Plenary 14: Enhancing the Effective Elements of Battering Intervention
Faculty: Christopher M. Murphy
Description: This presentation distills and summarizes evidence from risk prediction studies, controlled trial research, and qualitative studies of participant and facilitator perspectives to identify several key elements of effective battering interventions. The presentation will provide examples of evidence-based, context-specific, and trauma-informed strategies to enhance the effectiveness of battering intervention, including strategies to reduce participant hostility, enhance motivation to change, promote effective group facilitation skills, and enhance participants’ emotional and self-regulation.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST Plenary 15: Forgiveness: Own the Past and Create a New Future
Faculty: Lee Taft
Description: The concepts of Transformative Justice, forgiveness and repentance are often overlooked or misunderstood with families and service providers when there has been abuse. This session will share practices from organizations and institutions that have addressed those individuals whom they have harmed by institutional policies and/or insensitive responses. These concepts will highlight a path that intervention programs, survivor service organizations, and communities can use to develop a survivor-focused response to perpetrators beyond the legal system to promote healing and forgiveness.

4:30 pm EST Wrap-up and Raffle and End of Conference
For many years BISC-MI has concluded each conference with a drawing for conference door prizes. We count on attendees to make this event fun and successful! Please bring any item(s) that highlights your program, community, or that would make fun gifts to receive! Bring these to the registration table when you check-in to the conference. Thanks, in advance, for adding to the BISC-MI conference experience!


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