Countering The Backlash

Date: November 21, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Lifeway's, 1200 NW Ave, Jackson, MI 49202

Cost: BISC-MI Members $25.00 | Non Members $40.00

BIPSCC Credits: 6

Lunch included!


Training Faculty

Richard M. Tolman, Professor of Social Work

Richard M. Tolman, LMSW, PhD, is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He received his doctorate in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MSW from the University of Michigan. Professor Tolman's work focuses on the effectiveness of interventions designed to change violent and abusive behavior, and the impact of violence on the physical, psychological and economic well-being of victims

He began his work in this area as a practitioner working with men who batter in 1980. His current projects include research on the impact of and prevention of abuse during pregnancy and involvement of men and boys as allies to end men's violence against women. He is currently co-Director of the Global Research Program on Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention, a collaborative project between the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota.

Professor Tolman teaches primarily in the interpersonal practice sequence. He also co-teaches a course focusing on community empowerment through creative expression. He is engaged in several projects, overlapping dimensions of research, teaching and service, that focus on the use of creative arts in social work efforts.

Deborah A. Willis, Assistant Professor

BA, Secondary Education, Sociology, Central Michigan University MSEd. Outdoor Teacher Education, Northern Illinois University
MSW, Administration, Children and Youth, University of Michigan Ph.D. Sociology and Social Work, University of Michigan
Dr. Willis is a full time faculty member at the Eastern Michigan University in the Social Work department. She has spent more than 30 years as a practitioner, program administrator and evaluator in human services. Dr. Willis provided prevention services in New York City to families and taught in the Bronx and Queens early in her career. Working at the Family Assessment Clinic at the University of Michigan as a Civitas Fellow she was part of family assessment teams, delivered therapeutic services to children and adults who had experienced sexual abuse, and supervised MSW interns assigned to the clinic.
As a researcher and evaluator, Dr. Willis served as a research associate at the Center for the Study of Youth Policy focused on providing support to state juvenile justice systems forced by the courts to reform and an evaluator of child welfare services in Kent County. Dr. Willis worked at The Guidance Center as the Director of the Center for Excellence in September 2003 where she served as the liaison between University researchers and The Guidance Center and directed evaluation and training for the agency.
Dr. Willis also served as the Director of Programs at The Guidance Center from December 2006 through December 2009 and is a member of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency's Children's System of Care leadership, The Virtual Center of Excellence, the Advisory Board for the Family Alliance for Change (a parent advocacy group in Wayne County) and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Advisory Board.

 

TRAINING AGENDA

9:30-10:00am Registration
10:00-10:15am Welcome & Introductions
10:15-10:45am Landscape Overview
10:45-11:30am Understanding the Nuts and bolts basics of Evidence Based Practice, Deborah Willis MSW, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, EMU School of Social Work
11:40am-12:30pm Evidence Based Practice Resources, Deborah Willis MSW, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, EMU School of Social Work
12:30-1:30pm Lunch provided (Qdoba)
1:30-2:00pm How Evidence Based Practice Applies to Batterer Intervention Programs, Richard M. Tolman, Ph.D., Professor, UM, School of Social Work
2:00-2:45pm What Does the Research Say?
Research Review and Discussion: Richard M. Tolman and Deborah Willis
2:45-3:45pm Integration into Practice, Facilitated Discussion
3:45 -4:00pm Wrap Up
Date: November 21, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Lifeway's, 1200 NW Ave, Jackson, MI 49202

Cost: BISC-MI Members $25.00 | Non Members $40.00

BIPSCC Credits: 6

Lunch included!

What does the EVIDENCE tell us about what does and does not work in the field of Batterer Intervention?  What happens when the EVIDENCE lacks context or fails to acknowledge the limitations and intricacies of conducting research concerning this complex issue?

It is incumbent upon accountable batterer intervention facilitators and staff --- in the best interests of their clients and survivors --- to take a leadership role in understanding, interpreting and explaining the current research trends and findings in our field.

This collaborative working forum will afford participants the opportunity to:

  • Build common understanding of what is and is not encompassed by the term Evidence Based Practice
  • Analyze recently published batterer intervention research, with attention to methodology and context, in order to discern practice implications
  • Develop strategies to clearly articulate to community partners and other stakeholders the application and limitations of such research

BISC-MI

We will provide a working forum for interaction and
information sharing among agencies and individuals
concerned with the provision of batterer intervention in Michigan.