BISC-MI History 2 old2

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.
Click here for Lundy Bancrofts PowerPoint presentation
Click here for the Beverly Black PowerPoint presentation
Click here for the Arlene Weisz PowerPoint presentation
Click here for the Poco Kernsmith and Roger Kernsmith PowerPoint presentation

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.
Click here for the web version of the position paper.
Click here for a pdf. copy of the handout.
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:
BISC-MI’s Sixth Annual Fall Training
“Safety and Custody Issues In Domestic Violence: Understanding the Law is Key To Our Work With Batterers”
2005 Spring Training April 2005:
Understanding the Intersection of Substance Abuse and Domestic Violenc


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.


The 2006 Spring Training: “Trial Run”

Trial Run Agenda
Presentation by Katy Conklin
Presentation by Natalie Clinkscales
The Batterer as Parent article by Lundy Bancroft
Material from Holly Rosen
Material from Bob Davis
Material from Cheryl Rogers


November 2006 we hosted our ELEVENTH Annual BISC-MI Conference
Dr. Peter Jaffe PhD, C. Psych.
Dr. David Lisak, Ph.D.
Rus Ervin Funk


2007 Spring Training: A Call To Men April 20, 2007
Featuring: Ted Bunch


RAISING OUR VOICES: Showcasing Michigan Innovations in Responding to Domestic ViolenceBISC-MI’s 12th Annual ConferenceNovember 7, 8, 9, 2007


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

Domestic Violence
& Mental Health


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH: Ethical and Professional Dilemmas
Friday, April 24, 2009 Bavarian Inn Lodge, One Covered Lane
Frankenmuth, MI


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


The 14th Annual BISC-MI Fall Conference
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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


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


15th Annual BISC-MI Conference
National Conference in South East Michigan
November 4 & 5, 2010
Pontiac, Michigan
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Conference Pictures
*Conference materials*


National Conference
April 13, 14, and 15, 2011
The 16th Annual BISC-MI Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Conference website
Conference materials
Conference pictures


November 4th, 2011
Okemos, Michigan
Conference website


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.
Conference Website Conference 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.