BISC-MI History OLD1

BISC-MI has provided conferences for many years with internationally recognized faculty
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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.


May 1996 BISC (Batterer Intervention Services Coalition) 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, BISC-MI (Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan) 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 BISC-MI, Sue Doyle elected Treasurer, Kat Laprise elected Secretary.


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

May 1997 Governor John Engler formed the “Governor’s 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 BISC-MI.

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.


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.


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..


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


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


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.


March 2003 we hosted our EIGHTH 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.


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

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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 BISC-MI.
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:


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.


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:

  1. Patrick S. McFarlane, MSW, MA
  2. Robert Ortega Ph.D.
  3. Cathryn Antkowiak-Howard, LMSW, CAC I, C.Ht.
  4. Sandra Johnson, LMSW, LMFT, CEAP. International Trainer for ICISF
  5. Barb Massie
  6. Emily Jean McFadden LMSW
  7. Leann C. Holland RN, SANE-A, CFN
  8. Barb Walkington, L.M.S.W.
  9. Dr. Donald Wilde
  10. Jeffrie Cape, LMSW
  11. At our Annual Meeting the following Board Members were elected to terms January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2010
  12. Sue Doyle
  13. Holly Rosen
  14. Susan Wittig
  15. Donald Wilde


2007 Spring Training: A Call To Men April 20, 2007

Featuring: Ted Bunch
RAISING OUR VOICES: 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
  • 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


EVERY STEP OF THE WAY: 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


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH: Ethical and Professional Dilemmas

Friday, April 24, 2009 Bavarian Inn Lodge
One Covered Lane
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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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


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


Conference Date: Friday, April 23, 2010

Featuring popular speaker and former FBI Profiler Craig N. Ackley

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

National Conference in South East Michigan
November 4 & 5, 2010
Pontiac, Michigan
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National Conference

April 13, 14, and 15, 2011
The 16th Annual BISC-MI Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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November 4th, 2011
Okemos, Michigan
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April 13th, 2012 Lansing, Michigan
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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 17th 
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.


Friday September 13, 2013 CEU Credit: 6 BIP Credits!
Location: Lifeways Community Mental Health,
1200 N. West Ave, Jackson, MI.
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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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Location: Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County
Address: 4925 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1521
Cost: $25.00 Member, $40.00 Non-Member
Includes Pizza and Salad lunch!
***6 BIPSCC Credits!***It is well known that people have different learning styles, and that the use of music, poetry, and video clips can make it easier to open discussion with program participants about various issues. This training is designed to expand participant’s familiarity with various forms of media and how to use them. Music, video, poetry, and stories will be shared. Discussion will be facilitated that includes ideas on how to incorporate these tools into current programming to enrich professionals understanding.
countering the backlash
November 21, 2014
Jackson, Michigan
Location: Lifeway’s, 1200 NW Ave, Jackson, MI 49202
BIPSCC Credits: 6
Training Agenda Countering the Backlash November 2014


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Advancing The Narrative: Inspiring The Future!

2015 International Conference

BISC-MI 20th Anniversary Conference

Dates: April 15th, 16th and 17th, 2015

Location: Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan
In conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of BISC-MI 

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Stone Soup 2015



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The BISC-MI 21st Annual Conference

November 2-4, 2016

at Edward Village Hotel and Conference Center in Dearborn, Michigan

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Stone Soup 2017

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The BISC-MI 22nd Annual Conference

November 1-3, 2017

at Motor City Casino and Conference Center in Detroit, Michigan

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The BISC-MI 23rd Annual Conference

November 14-16, 2018

at Radisson Hotel Lansing at The Capitol in Lansing, Michigan

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