Reflecting Forward

reflecting forward

2016 International Conference
Dates: November 2-4, 2016

Edward Village Michigan

Location: Edward Village Conference Center in Dearborn, Michigan

Registration Before October 7, 2016: Member Early Bird: $250.00 | Non-Member Early Bird: $350.00

Registration After October 7, 2016: Member $300.00 | Non-Member $400.00

CEU: $25.00 (Approved for 21.5 CEs)

Conference Description and Summary: BISC-MI has taken the lead in the last 21 years of bringing together some of the best faculty from around the world to address controversial issues and provide unequaled networking opportunities. The 2016 Conference is no exception!

This year's theme is Reflecting Forward. The future of the work we are engaged in is informed by our rich history. This conference will address the myriad issues facing the work we do today while we learn from our past, and plan for the future, to continue efforts to end domestic violence.
A variety of thought-provoking sessions will address topics of research, culture, trauma, faith, technology, and strategies for effectively moving forward. This conference will bring together many of the leaders in the field to define the future of intervention programming, with an emphasis on understanding the many intersections involved in working with domestic violence perpetrators.
Come with your questions and challenges; leave energized, well-informed and with new national connections with others doing this work. Don't miss out! There are space limitations, so register now.
This conference is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative 
for 21.5 CE Hours!

Hotel Rates: $75.00 Individual/Double. Make reservations online at or call at 313.592.3622. You must group code 542 to get this special group rate! 

The Conference Venue: Formerly called the Royal Dearborn Hotel & Convention Center and before that it was known as the Dearborn Hyatt. This was the location of the 2005 BISC-MI Conference "From Roots to Wings" the 10th Anniversary of BISC-MI. Centrally located between downtown Detroit and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, this iconic property first presents a stunning exterior of glass, and a dramatic atrium lobby. Built in a postmodern architectural style by renowned architect Charles Luckman, the premier Detroit Metro hotel overlooks Ford World Headquarters, the Henry Ford Museum and the chic suburb of Dearborn.

Hotel Services: AccessabilityTransportation, Free Parking, additional information

News2Approved Use of OVW Grant Funds

The OVW programs listed below have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference: Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a grant adjustment notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Arrest: Rural Grant Program
Justice for Families: Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program
Courts: State Coalition

Grantees from the STOP program may be invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact OVW for prior approval. STOP subgrantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference should be advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2017-MU-006. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”. This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7:45 am - 8:45 am: Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am The Big Picture: Men and the movements to end domestic violence in social, historical and political perspective
Description: Domestic violence and other forms of interpersonal abuse are not isolated phenomena reflecting the inadequacies and pathologies of "broken" individuals. They are societal and global problems that are rooted in deep institutional structures and beliefs, especially those having to do with gender and power. This session will address the ways in which cultural ideas about masculinity have both contributed to the problem and provide clues to lasting solutions.
Faculty: Jackson Katz

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Cyber Abuse and Safety
Description: Social Networking sites like Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram have become very popular and more sites like these are created every day. Increase your awareness and understanding of how perpetrators are using new websites and media platforms to stalk their victims and control partners without being detected. Rachel Gibson is a Technology Safety Specialist with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Faculty: Rachel Gibson 

Social Media and DVIP/BIP Work: Overlaps, Outreach, and Concerns
Description: Description: Social Media is ever present in our society, so much so that it is important to address ways the internet can be used to create pain and fear within an intimate partner relationship. However, how can BIP/DVIP agencies become more progressive in using social media as a form of outreach to community, to become more connected to others in the field, and to consider the pitfalls of discussing domestic violence in a medium that is not an educational or counseling setting? This workshop will explore various kinds of social media, help to develop concrete reasons and goals for using various media, and responses to contentious discussions and inappropriate personal disclosure in online settings.
Faculty: Christopher Hall

12:15 pm Lunch provided

1:30 pm Coercive sexting and revenge porn: Understanding electronic communication as a new vehicle for domestic and teen dating violence
Description: Sexting -- the transmission of sexually explicit messages, pictures and/or videos between intimate partners -- has garnered significant attention in both the popular media and the academic literature. This increased use of technology within adolescent and adult dating/spousal relationships has created new means for communication but also new avenues for the perpetration of domestic violence. Coercive sexting and revenge porn in particular have been identified as emerging forms of partner abuse. Coercive sexting consists of pressuring a partner to send sext messages through use of threats or coercion, while revenge porn involves the distributing pictures or videos of one's current or former partner without their consent. This session will provide information on the range of technologies used to send and receive sext messages, how coercive sexting and revenge porn fit within a broader pattern of coercive control, and ways to identify when these tactics are being used.
Faculty: Bryan Victor

2:30 pm Trauma Informed Considerations: Childhood Influences Impacting Abusive Choices
Description: Balancing an understanding of the effects of childhood trauma on perpetrator accountability.
Faculty: Chris Huffine & Oliver Williams

3:30 pm Trauma Informed Considerations and Implications for Intervention: Military and Veterans
Description: The singular and combined impact of attitudes and beliefs underlying the use of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and other forms of violence compounded by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), combat exposure or participation and/ or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on intervention and prevention approaches.
Faculty: Debby Tucker

4:30 pm Trauma Informed Considerations and Implications for Intervention: Male sexual assault victims
Description: Greater awareness of the sexual victimization of males - in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood - leads to questions regarding best-practice strategies, differences/similarities between male and female survivors, and the accessibility of services. This session provides information on the prevalence of males as victims of sexual assault, as well as specific groups of men with higher risk. Masculinity performance and male rape myths, as they relate to reporting and help seeking, and recent research on availability of services for males, will be discussed. Prevention and intervention programs may require new strategies to encourage welcoming and engagement. Addressing this issue sensitively, while avoiding excuse making, will be explored in this thought provoking session.
Faculty: Sheryl Kubiak & Cristy Cummings

5:30 pm Dinner on your own

7:00 pm Aquila Meeting

Thursday, November 3, 2016

7:45 am - 8:45 am: Continental Breakfast

9:00 am What is the DAIP - Duluth Model...Let’s set the record straight!
Description: Duluth has been both vilified and the holy grail when discussing intervention and programming around the world. This session will clarify what the Duluth Model really is and what core principles guide philosophy and practice.
Faculty: Scott Miller

10:00 am Engaging Communities
Description: Connecting and communicating with communities is an essential component of effectively addressing domestic violence. This session will explore both the how and the why of engaging communities to invest in ending domestic violence.
Faculty: Oliver Williams

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Working in a Community That Does Not Look Like You: Thoughts From A White Girl in Baltimore City
Description: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” This Audre Lorde quote is often called upon when trying to relate to the experiences of survivors, but it is equally relevant when working with those who have been abusive to their partners. This workshop will review the concept of cultural humility, emphasize its importance and give examples of its practice within the context of abuse intervention programming.
Faculty: Lisa Nitsch

12:15 pm Lunch provided

1:30 pm Fire and Firewater, Culturally competent treatment program for chemically dependent, traumatized, Latino offenders.
Description: Explore key issues to be considered when doing batterers intervention in cross-cultural settings. Why it is important to pay attention to culture and describe what constitutes culturally appropriate interventions with men who batter.
Faculty: Ricardo Carrillo

2:30 pm A Muslim Response to Domestic Violence
Description: Focusing on Muslim Men who choose to be accountable and the processes that we prescribe for men who are charged with physically assaulting their intimate partners while misinterpreting the Qur’an and the religion of Islam.
Faculty: TA Bashir & Hoda Amine

3:30 pm What’s Faith Got To Do With It?
Description: A look at how faith informs and transforms men who are abusive. Two perspectives on identifying and using faith to understand and intervene with men who are abusive.
Faculty: Chris Moles & JR Thicklin

4:30 pm How Working with Women Who Use Force and LGBTQ Abusers Challenges and Improves Our Work with Heterosexual Batterers
Description: This workshop will first lay out the commonalities group leaders experience working with both LGBTQ abusers and with heterosexual women who use force. Working with those populations has provided us with new approaches to use when running groups with heterosexual abusers. We will also look at both commonalities and differences from the heterosexual male abuser groups that we’ve observed when working with LGBTQ abusers and heterosexual women who use force, and discuss how these observations have changed our practices in all groups. In addition to traditionally structured abuser education groups, we will examine how individual counseling is sometimes necessary, and possibly helpful, with special population groups. We will discuss how specific issues of special population groups, including homophobia, internalized homophobia, racism, classism, psychological differences, and other important individual and societal factors, have challenged any notion that we may have had that “one size fits all” when running abuser education groups.
Faculty: Ted German & Susan Cayouette, Emerge

5:30 pm Dinner on your own

7:00 pm Hip Hop Artist/ U.S. Music Ambassador
Description: Mahogany Jones is a lyrical force, hailed internationally for her work, as a recording and performance artist, arts advocate, community activist and educator, and is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of women.
Faculty: Mahogany Jones

BISC-MI Private Viewing of the movie Mourning Son
Description: Dave Navarro is a trauma survivor of the highest order. When Dave was only 15 years old his mother was brutally murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend. For 8 long years Dave's mother's killer eluded capture while Dave dealt with his deepest, darkest fears through drugs, art and escapism. In a heartbreaking, inspirational journey, Dave confronts the events that changed his life forever. Through revelations from friends and family, to the cold hard facts from police and FBI agents, Dave attempts to come to terms with his mother's senseless murder and the horrific realities of domestic violence.
Faculty: Movie (1 hour 47 minutes)

Friday, November 4, 2016

7:45 am - 8:45 am: Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Responding to the negative perceptions of batterer programs
Description: Batterer programs continue to be criticized as ineffective, poorly conceived, and outdated amidst “evidence based practice.” The presentation will expose and address the shortsightedness of these criticisms. It will also consider how batterer programs might better articulate their approach, offer documentation, and communicate their contributions.
Faculty: Dr. Edward W. Gondolf

9:30 am Did Someone Say Backlash?
Description: The real question is more what do practitioners need to know in order to better do their work and defend it? How to answer what we are really about and respond to the onslaught of counter information about BIPs.
Faculty: Etiony Alderando

10:30 am Break-Checkout

11:00 am The Aquila Truth Squad
Description: The truth squad comes to the conference to introduce and demonstrate tools that programs, advocates and others can use in their communities to answer questions and challenges about research, effectiveness, community coordination and gender considerations. A link to all materials introduced will be provided.
Faculty Squadron: Chris Hall, Chris Huffine, Ted German, Jeffrie Cape, Scott Miller, Bob Agnoli, Lisa Nitsch, Pam Wiseman

12:00 pm Lunch provided

1:00 pm Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice Evidence: Findings from a National Survey of Batterer Intervention Program Standards Implementation
Description: Batterer intervention programs (BIPs) are the most common criminal justice program response to prevent continued perpetration of intimate partner violence. An estimated half a million men are enrolled in approximately 2,500 BIPs each year in the United States. Most states in the U.S. have developed standards to regulate BIPs. Standards were intended to encourage uniform effective approaches to stopping violence. However, very little information exists about whether and how these policies actually have been implemented, how they should be implemented, and what their impact may be on BIP practices, or more importantly, reductions in intimate partner violence. This talk will describe findings from a national interview study of individuals who administer standards that regulate BIP practices in jurisdictions across the United States. I describe how program standards were developed and have changed over time, who implements the standards, whether, and how programs are monitored for adherence to the standards, the consequences of non-compliance, barriers programs encounter in attempting to adhere to the standards, and what role research can and should play in the evolving nature of policies that regulate BIP practices.
Faculty: Eric Mankowski

2:00 pm Allies in Change: An Integrative Model of Working with Abusive Partners.
Description: The Allies in Change curriculum is an integrative curriculum in two different ways. First, it is integrative by incorporating a variety of concepts including material from cognitive behavioral therapy, the Duluth curriculum, feminist theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the work of John Gottman, Patricia Evans, and Terrence Real as well as original program material. Second, it posits that abusive individuals are abusive due to their disconnection from self (leading to externalizing), other (leading to neglect), and relationship (using power to control). The key to becoming non-abusive involves learning to integrate by being connected with self (self-awareness and self-management as well as primary accountability), other (being relational) and relationship (being collaborative). This workshop will provide a brief overview of the Allies in Change model and curriculum which has been “cooking” for over thirty years, been used with thousands of abusive individuals, and been reviewed and utilized by dozens of group facilitators over that time.
Faculty: Chris Huffine

3:00 pm -3:15 Break

3:15 pm Connecting America’s Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
Description: When a shooter opens fire in public, indiscriminately killing strangers, it almost always makes national news. But the reality is that most mass shooters in America aren’t firing at random: They are targeting their families. In this session, The Huffington Post senior reporter Melissa Jeltsen will explore the connection between mass shootings and domestic violence, and what can be done to prevent them.
Faculty: Melissa Jeltsen

4:15 pm Wrap up and raffle

5:00 pm Conference Ends!

We are happy to have the Self-Esteem Bookstore joining us once again during the conference on November 3rd and 4th, 2016

self esttem book shop




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Disclaimer: Any opinion, findings, recommendations or conclusions, expressed by any author(s) or speaker(s)
do not necessarily reflect the views of BISC-MI.
BISC-MI reserves the right to substitute a qualified instructor or topic due to unforeseen circumstances

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds after October 15, 2016
$50.00 cancellation fee will apply to all refunds before October 15, 2016
Checks received after October 15, 2016 may be subject to the $50.00 late fee

Substitutions may be made

ADA or ASAIf you require ADA or ASA accommodations, please contact BISC-MI at least 4 weeks before the conference begins so that arrangements can be made.



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