May1996 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.
April1997 we hosted our SECOND annual Statewide Conference at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.
May1997 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.
April1998 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.
March1999 we hosted our FOURTH annual Statewide Conference at the McGuire's Resort in Cadillac, Michigan Featuring: Paul Kivel and Ann Ganley, Ph.D..
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.
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.
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
April 13th, 2012Lansing, 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 Intersectionof Batterer Intervention & Substance AbuseNovember 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.Conference WebsiteConference Materials
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.
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.