BISC-MI 10th Conference

From Roots To Wings:

The Future of Batterer Intervention November 2, 3, 4, 2005

In Conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of BISC-MI 

a groundbreaking THREE DAY International Conference in Dearborn, Michigan

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Plenary Session Information and Conference Overview Information

PLENARY A: Lessons Learned: A Historical Perspective Moderated by Barbara Hart Wednesday, November 2, 2005 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

David Adams
Phyllis B. Frank
Anne Ganley
Bob Geffner
Charlie Johns
Alyce Laviolette
Michael Paymar & Ellen Pence

PLENARY B: “Visions of Success” Barbara Hart Wednesday, November 2, 2005

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

PLENARY C: Program Models Panel Facilitated by: Anne Ganley & Ellen Pence Wednesday, November 2, 2005 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Alan Rosenbaum
Bob Geffner
Phyllis B. Frank
David Adams
Ulester Douglas
David Mandel
Susan Cayouette

PLENARY D: Monitoring Batterer Intervention Programs Facilitated by: Joanne M. Hessmiller Thursday, November 3, 2005 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Barbara Carter: The Florida Model
Tony Switzer: The Texas Model
Janet Knappen: The Illinois Model

PLENARY E: Panel on Race, Ethnicity & Culture Panel Moderated by: Juan Carlos Areán Friday, November 4, 2005 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. This panel will explore key issues to be considered when doing batterers intervention in cross-cultural settings. Experts from different cultural groups will give their perspective on why it is important to pay attention to culture and describe what constitutes cultural appropriate interventions with men who batter. After this panel presentation you will have an opportunity to attend a workshop by one of the panel presenters 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Native American Culture: Jeremy NeVilles-Sorrell
Hispanic Culture: Fernando Mederos & Ricardo Carrillo
African American Culture: Ulester Douglas & Oliver Williams
Asian Culture: Phuong Nguyen
Arabic Culture: Hoda Amine
LBGT Culture: Susan Cayouette

Title: Focus Groups on Defining Success

These groups are a series of two progressive focus groups on Defining Success in batterer intervention programs. We will create an opportunity for you to participate in a facilitated discussion and to come to important conclusions as to how we define success.
Part 1: Thursday, November 3, 2005 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Part 2: Friday, November 4, 2005 1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Defining Success staff to include:

Larry Bennett
Phyllis B. Frank
Jeff Edleson
Anne Ganley
Barbara Hart
Fernando Mederos
Chris O’Sullivan
Ellen Pence
Michael Paymar
Mark Ragg
Dan Saunders
Rich Tolman
Oliver Williams


Workshop #1-F Johnny Rice II, Building Bridges: Developing Successful Partnerships between Abuser Intervention and Responsible Fatherhood Programs:

Workshop #2-F Research Panel: Chris O’Sullivan, Rich Tolman, Larry Bennett, Jeff Edleson, Melissa Labriola, Fernando Mederos, Oliver Williams

Workshop #3-FJeffrie Cape & David Garvin: Operationalizing Accountability

Workshop #4-F Michael Paymar & Ellen Pence-Authentic dialogue with men in BIP’s

Workshop #5-F Anne Ganley- Effects of Domestic Violence on Children: Implications for Perpetrator Assessments and Interventions

Workshop #6-F Bob Gefner – Abuse-Specific Couples Intervention for Domestic Violence: Issues, Controversies, and Techniques

Workshop #7-F Chris Huffine – Male Abuser, Male Victim or Battered Man?

Workshop #8-F John P. Muldoon – Intake Information: Are You Getting the Information You Need?

Workshop #9-F Dan Saunders & Barbara Jones Smith – What Can Domestic Violence Programs Learn from Sexual Assault Programs?

Workshop #10-G Larry Bennett & Ricardo Carrillo, Substance Abuse and Batterer Intervention

Workshop #11-G Dan Saunders, Oliver Williams, Jeff Edleson, Men Who Batter, As Parents

Workshop #12-G Sara Elinoff-Acker & Phyllis B. Frank, Partner/Victim Contact: To Be or Not To Be, That is The Question

Workshop #13-G Anne Ganley-Routine Screening and Responding to Domestic Violence in General Practice Settings

Workshop #14-G Mark Larson – 1. Addressing the Impact of Men’s Violence on Children: Strategies Used and Lessons Learned, 2. The Promise and Challenge of Confronting Young Men’s Violence

Workshop #15-G Kathleen Carty –Identifying Change in Attitude and Abusive Behaviors

Workshop #16-G Mark Ragg –Creating the Will to Violate: A Cognitive-Emotional Process

Workshop #17-H Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune-Called to Account: Using Religious Values to Support Change

Workshop #18-H Alyce Laviolette and Alan Rosenbaum, The California Program Model

Workshop #19-H David Adams, The Emerge Program Model

Workshop #20-H Sara Elinoff Acker – After the Forty Weeks… Then What?

Workshop #21-H Phyllis B. Frank, The New York Program Model

Workshop #22-H David Mandel, Program Model

Workshop #23-H Nancy Diehl & Jim Henderson, Effective Sentencing and Post Conviction Issues: Maintaining Victim Safety

Workshop #24-I Sandra Graham-Berman: The Kids’ Club: Fostering Resilient Coping after Intimate Partner Violence

Workshop #25-I Sue Manley Smith – Women Who Use Violence – Victim/Defendants

Workshop #26-I Juan Carlos Areán – Fathering After Violence

Workshop #27-I David Mathews – Restorative Practices in Domestic Violence: Doing it in a Different Context

Workshop #28-I Stephen Snow – The Relationship between Childhood Trauma and the Development of Disorders of Extreme Stress in Batterers

Workshop #29-I Kendall Evans – Confront without Shaming – Support without Colluding

Workshop #30-I David Mandel – Working on Issues of Fear & Powerlessness with batterers

Please join us to celebrate

our 10th Birthday!

Wednesday 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

To celebrate this event we are inviting you to a concert performed by The FUNK BROTHERS

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Entertainment: “Voices of Men”Thursday 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Ben H. Atherton-Zeman”Voices of Men” is a 47 minute play that uses humor and celebrity male voice impressions to educate about domestic violence, power and control, and other forms of men’s violence against women. One of the characters, James Bond, has a nephew who is referred to a batterers’ program – Bond accompanies his nephew to the first group meeting and learns about domestic violence. During the course of the group, Bond realizes he exhibits controlling behavior in his relationships with women.

“Voices of Men contains graphic representations of men’s violence against women ~ please use self-care in deciding whether to attend.”


David Adams Ph.D. Co-Director of Emerge in Boston, MA

Hoda Amine Ph.D., MSW, DCSW Dearborn Counseling Services Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Juan Carlos Areán Family Violence Prevention Fund Boston, MA,

Ben Atherton-Zeeman Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism

Larry W. Bennett Ph.D. Professor of Social Work Jane Adams School of Social Work

Jeffrie Cape,Charon Services West Bloomfield, MI

Barbara Carter Florida Dept. of Children and Families Office of Certification and Monitoring of Batterers’ Intervention Programs

Ricardo Carrillo Ph.D. Director of Training and Technical Assistance National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence: Alianza and the Director of training for the National Compadres Network

Currently in private clinical and forensic practice

Kathleen Carty Warwick, RI

Susan E. Cayouette, ED.D Co-Director of Emerge

Nancy Diehl, Nancy Diehl Chief of the Felony Trial Division Wayne County Prosecutors Office Detroit, MI

Ulester Douglas, M.S.W.Director of Training Men Stopping Violence Atlanta, GA

Jeffrey L Edleson Ph.D., Professor of Social WorkDirector, MINCAVA University of Minnesota

Sara Elinoff-Acker Amherst, MA, 01002

Kendall Evans, Open Paths Counseling Ctr.Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune ,Founder and Senior Analyst FaithTrust Institute, formerly the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence

Phyllis B. Frank, Director of VCS Community Change Project New York Model for Batterer Programs

Anne L. Ganley Ph.D.Clinical Faculty University Of Washington Private Practice, Seattle, Wa

David J. H. Garvin MSW, CSW BISCMI-Chair Director Alternatives to Domestic Aggression Ann Arbor, MI

Robert Geffner, Ph.D., ABPN, ABPP President, Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute Clinical Research Professor, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D. Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Michigan.

Barbara J. Hart Esq. Legal Director Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Jim Henderson, Domestic Violence Probation Agent 15th District Probation Ann Arbor, MI

Chris Huffine Allies in Change Counseling Center,Portland, OR

Charlie Johns MA, LPC, CACIII AMEND Denver, CO

Barbara Jones Smith Ph.D.Michigan Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers State Chapter Coordinator

Janet Knappen BA, ICDVP, Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Partner Abuse Intervention Manager

Melissa Labriola Center for Court Innovation Senior Research Associate

Mark Larson Spectrum Youth and Family Services,Burlington, VT

Alyce Laviolette MS, MFT, California Association of Batterer’s Intervention Programs

David Mandel, The Non-Violence Alliance

Sue ManleySmith Post Falls, ID

David Mathews, Domestic Abuse Project Minneapolis, MN

Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.,National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence

John Muldoon Florence, SC

Jeremy NeVilles-Sorrell, Mending the Sacred Hoop, Duluth, MN

Phuong Nguyen Asian Counseling and Referral Service Seattle, WA

Chris O’Sullivan Ph.D.Safe Horizon New York, NY, VCS Community Change Project New York Model for Batterer Programs

Michael Paymar Resource specialist, Battered Women’s Justice ProjectMinnesota House of RepresentativesAuthor of Duluth Men’s Curriculum

Ellen PencePraxis InternationalAuthor of Duluth Men’s Curriculum

Mark Ragg Ph.D., School of Social Work Eastern Michigan University

Johnny Rice II, The Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development, Inc. Baltimore MD

Alan Rosenbaum Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Department of Psychology Northern Illinois University

Dan Saunders Ph.D., Professor of Social Work School of Social Work University of Michigan Stephen Snow Charlotte, NC

Tony Switzer, Texas Council on Family Violence, Men’s Non-Violence Project

Richard M. Tolman Ph.D., Associate Dean of Educational Programs Professor of Social Work School of Social Work University of Michigan

Oliver J. Williams Ph.D., Associate Professor University of Minnesota, Executive Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community


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The Hyatt Regency Dearborn


BISC-MI Members: $275.00

Non-BISC-MI Members: $375.00


BISC-MI Members: $300.00

Non-BISC-MI Members: $400.00

If you are interested in becoming a BISC-MI Member please click here!

It is likely that we will need to put a cap on registrations and we will be doing so on a first come, first serve basis! So be sure to let us know that you are interested.


Huron Valley Travel has been selected as the Official Travel provider to the conference.Huron Valley Travel has made a contribution to support BISC-MI’s activities and all attendees are encouraged to contact HVT for their travel arrangements.

Huron Valley has negotiated discounted fares with Northwest Airlines with savings up to 10% less than the lowest published fares.

In addition, Huron Valley will be operating an inexpensive private bus shuttle service for arrivals and departures from Detroit Metro airport and the convention hotel. If you purchase your ticket and airport transfer at the same time additional savings apply. The details: Northwest ticket purchased 30 days before departure…10% discount from fare Northwest ticket purchased less than 30 days…5% discount Round-trip airport transfer with HVT air ticket…$30.00 Round-trip airport transfer without HVT ticket…$40.00 (one way $25.00)

Transfers will be on Nov 1, Nov 2 (am), Nov 4 (pm) and Nov 5 Huron Valley can reserve rental cars if preferred A $25.00 non-refundable HVT air ticket processing fee applies Contact Andrew Telgen at Huron Valley Travel
Direct Phone: 734-668-8830 Email: Fax: 734.994.3402 Office hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST, M-F