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NCJ Number: 156228 Find in a Library
Title: Counselor's Guide to Learning to Live Without Violence
Author(s): D J Sonkin
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 185
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Publication Number: ISBN 1-884244-03-3
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Treatment programs for batterers are discussed.
Abstract: This book addresses the issues confronting counselors treating violent men. Beginning with an historical overview and a description of treatment issues, the author moves through a definition of the problem, choices of counseling approaches, and assessment. Then, turning his attention to cognitive- behavioral approaches, he outlines a user-friendly guide to group treatment. Since violent men pose lethality risks for their spouses, a chapter addressing risk assessment and management is included. The concluding chapters probe couples therapy, cross-cultural issues, and stalking prevention. The author cautions that in light of the potential high lethality inherent in dealing with domestic violence cases, this book should be used only by licensed mental health professionals, criminal justice personnel, or paraprofessionals with extensive training in the assessment and treatment of the violent individual. Unlicensed professionals, in particular, should understand the limits of their knowledge and experience and know when to consult with trained professionals. A list of suggested readings is included. Also included are a list of other publications available from the publisher and an order form.
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Counseling; Juveniles; Spouse abuse treatment programs; Violent men
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