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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
Workshops to select at the registration website
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-F Jeffrie 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
The 10th Birthday of the
Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan!

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

The Funk Brothers have played on more number #1 records
than the Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones,
and Elvis Presley combined…

Please visit these links for exciting information on the FUNK BROTHERS

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 Work
Director, 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
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
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 Manley-Smith
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 Project
Minnesota House of Representatives
Author of Duluth Men’s Curriculum
Ellen Pence
Praxis International
Author 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
  • Registration for hotel is a separate process from conference registration.
  • Discounted Room Rates: $110.00 double/single per night
  • Register for your hotel room on line at: : (be sure to use group this code under reservations "g-bisc" to get the discounted rate!) You can also register for your hotel room by calling 1-800-233-1234
  • Located only minutes from the Wayne County Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the The Edward H. McNamara Terminal/Northwest World Gateway


  • 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.

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    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
    Fax: 734.994.3402
    Office hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, M-F