Revisiting The Intersection Of Batterer Intervention & Substance Abuse

Organization: Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan

Venue: Holiday Inn Detroit Livonia Conference Center

Location: Livonia, Michigan, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 01, 2012 / 7:45 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Nov 02, 2012 / 5:00 pm - (EST)
Registration Date: Nov 01, 2012 Time: 19:45:00 - (EST)
Early Registration Date: Oct 10, 2012 Time: 17:00:00 - (EST)
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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 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 Agenda

Thursday, November 1,  2012
7:45am-8:45am: Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45am-9:00am: Welcome

9:00am-10:30am: What Do We See at the Intersection of Batterer Intervention and Substance Abuse?
Faculty: Larry Bennett 
Description: Dr. Bennett will discuss what we know about the role of alcohol and other drugs in the perpetration of intimate abuse, and what we know about the role of intimate abuse in substance use disorder. Of critical importance to both fields is the use of fear as a form of control, the importance of screening for co-occurring issues, and the relative effectiveness of interventions which have been targeted at these two issues.

10:30am-10:45am: Break

10:45am-12:15pm: Motivational Interviewing 101
Faculty: Matt Statman
Description: Motivational Interviewing is an evidence based approach that is very popular and is being used in numerous settings. This presentation will give a basic overview of Motivational Interviewing in spirit and skills used. The presentation will also touch on some of the controversies associated with the Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing.

12:15pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm: Innovations in Collaboration with Substance Abuse and Batterer Intervention Programming
Faculty: Bob Haynor & Larry Bennett
Description: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Certified Batterer Intervention Program Services and Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, along with several community agencies,  collaborated on a multi-year project with the primary goal to increase substance abuse treatment providers' understanding of the correlation between battering and substance use and to help them help their clients understand that perpetrating abuse is not consistent with being in  recovery. This project resulted in several important identifiable outcomes, including: 1) the development of a curriculum designed to train men's residential substance abuse staff members to understand battering, batterers, and to think about their client's abusive behavior and its impact on their recovery; 2)evidence that unhealthy alcohol use occurs along a continuum, indicating the  need to address batterers' "drunkenness" as a lethality risk marker; and 3 )the development of a curriculum piece based upon the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) paradigm that screens for unhealthy substance abuse to insert into existing batterer intervention curricula.

2:30pm-2:45 pm: Break

2:45pm-3:45pm: Innovations in Collaboration with Substance Abuse and Batterer Intervention Programming (continued)

3:45pm-5:15pm: Controversies and Challenges
Faculty: Larry Bennett
Description: Should substance abuse agencies and batterer programs always screen for the cross problem? Does asking a man in substance abuse treatment about intimate partner violence (IPV) "create" the risk-in some cases-that the batterer will believe he is being asked about IPV because his partner has revealed this family secret to the agency, increasing risk for future IPV? In this session, Dr. Bennett will discuss the issue of universal perpetrator screening issue, as well as other areas of controversy over assumptions and approaches to practice with co-occurring Substance Use Disorder and IPV.
Friday, November 2, 2012
7:30am-8:15am: Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:15am-8:30am: Welcome

8:30am-10:00am: Blended Batterer Intervention Programming and Substance Abuse Programming: A Model Approach
Faculty: Mark Adams
Description: From 2004 through 2011, two agencies in Seattle collaborated to offer a "blended" group for men in need of both domestic violence intervention and substance abuse treatment.  This presentation will focus on:  1) the rationale for combining these interventions, 2) how this particular group was developed,and 3) how it was implemented.

10:00am-10:15am: Break

10:15am-11:15am: Addiction Recovery and Intimate Violence (ARIV): A Screen/Intervene/Refer Curriculum for Addiction Counselors
Faculty: Larry Bennett
Description: The Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010 mandates coverage for IPV screening in all healthcare settings, including substance abuse treatment; but research has found that substance abuse programs are not consistently screening for IPV, and when they do, they often lack the  systemic policy and referral relationships with target agencies required by robust referrals. The ARIV Model is a 6-hour, self-paced online course for addiction counselors and peer support specialists on IPV screening, brief interventions, and referral.  In this presentation, Dr. Bennett will review the scientific basis for applying the public health SBIRT approach to IPV in addiction settings, and present the three phases of the model, including the necessity of active community linkages critical to victim safety and perpetrator accountability.

11:15am-12:15 pm: Programmatic Application
Faculty: Larry Bennett & David Garvin
Description: Facilitated discussion on integrating the concepts covered  to this point in the training, and the applications for practice.

12:15-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm: The Path of Dawn Farm Experience: An Organizational Perspective on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse
Faculty: Jason Schwartz
Description: Human service providers are often so focused on their specialty area that they fail to give adequate attention to other important problems. Addiction treatment has been no exception. This presentation will share Dawn Farm's journey over the last 15 years to maintain batterer accountability within the context of an addiction treatment program that embraces the disease concept and focuses on twelve step facilitation. Dawn Farm is a Substance Abuse Treatment Organization in South East Michigan and was founded in 1973.

2:00pm-3:00pm: Research Update: Results of a New National Survey
Faculty: Larry Bennett and Dr. Beth Glover Reed
Description: What are substance abuse, domestic violence, and other agencies actually doing about co-occurring substance abuse and domestic violence? Dr. Beth Glover Reed and Dr. Bennett will discuss the promising preliminary findings of their U.S. survey of 237 domestic violence, substance abuse, and multi-service agencies on management of co-occurring substance abuse and domestic violence, including both quantitative and interview data.

3:00pm-3:15pm: Break

3:15pm-4:45pm: What is "Recovery" When it Comes to Domestic Violence & Substance Abuse?
Panel Discussion: Larry Bennett, Mark Adams, Jason Schwartz, Bob Haynor, Beth Glover Reed, Matt Statman, and David Oblak.
Description: Panelists representing a cross-section of professionals working with batterers who have substance abuse issues will discuss challenges and opportunities specific to their unique roles in working with these clients.  Since the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service's Administration's treatment improvement protocol (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 1997), intimate partner violence has been formally flagged as impairing the opportunity for addiction recovery.  The concept of recovery is increasingly popular in the behavioral health field; but what does recovery mean in domestic violence? Domestic violence is a crime, not a disorder. Despite increasingly anti-feminist rhetoric which seeks to tag batterers with attachment, personality, stress, and other disorders of the brain and of the person, most batterers have none of these conditions and some have all of them. The panel members will focus on emergent recovery and trauma paradigms as they might apply to men who batterer, some of whom have serious disorders.


17123 Laurel Park Drive
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Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan
3893 Okemos Road, Suite B-2
United States

Additional Information

Conference Rates:
Early bird rate $175.00 members (after October 10, 2012 late fee add $50.00)
Early bird rate  $235.00 non members (after October 10, 2012 late fee add $50.00)
Conference rate includes: Continental breakfast and lunch both days.
Cancellation Policy:
No refunds after October 12, 2012. $50.00 cancellation fee will apply to all refunds before October 12, 2012. Checks received after October 10, 2012 may be subject to the $50.00 late fee.

14 CEUs Social Work Applied for
14 BISC-MI CEUs guaranteed
14 MCBAP CEUs guaranteed (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals)

Contact Information:
If you have any questions, please contact Peaty Hershberger at 517.482.3933 or
BISCMI Chair: David J. H. Garvin. Phone: 734.926.0159. Email:

Location:   Holiday Inn, Detroit Livonia Conference Center, 17123 Laurel Park Drive North, Livonia ,  Michigan 48152.
For those requiring lodging, call the Holiday Inn, Livonia at: 734.464.1300. Rooms: $65.00 for a single/double (You must make room reservations separately from your conference registration.
Rooms at this rate are limited.)

Who should attend:
Batterer Intervention Facilitators
Defense Bar
Domestic Violence Advocates
Law Enforcement
Medical Professionals
Mental Health Professionals
Sexual Assault Advocates
Social Workers
Substance Abuse Professionals
Victim Advocates


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.
BISC-MI Mission Statement:
• We will provide a working forum for interaction and information sharing among agencies and individuals concerned with the provision of batterer intervention services in Michigan.
• We will help create and maintain coordinated community actions that hold batterers accountable for their behavior and promote safety and empowerment for victims.
• We will give safety, needs, and concerns of victims/survivors priority over the interests of batterers or any batterer intervention service model.
• We will promote social change which works toward a society based on equality and nonviolence.
Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan Web site:
Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan office: 3893 Okemos Road, Suite B-2, Okemos, Michigan 48864. Phone: 517.482.3933. Fax: 517.482.3933.
BISC-MI Chair: David J. H. Garvin. Phone: 734.926.0159. Email: