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Title: Court-Mandated Counseling for Men Who Batter - Three-Day Workshop for Mental Health Professionals - Participant's Manual
Author(s): A L Ganley
Corporate Author: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 123
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-TA-AX-0024; 80-PG-AX-0073; 90-CW-2189
Sale Source: Ctr for Women Policy Studies
2000 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A manual for participants of a 3-day workshop examines therapeutic issues facing mental health professionals engaged in counseling programs for men who batter women.
Abstract: Following definitions of battering and factors contributing to it, the characteristics of men who batter are considered. The treatment goal of eliminating all battering behavior is discussed, and specific treatment objectives are presented. A three-phase assessment process then is outlined. Phase 1 involves gathering initial information for crisis intervention, and considers intake, motivation to change, child abuse and neglect, incest, and lethality. Phase 2, designed to provide information for treatment, requires consideration of alcohol/drug abuse, psychosis, victim needs, intellectual and neurological assessment, and use of standardized tests. Phase 3 requires ongoing assessment throughout treatment. The importance of clear and consistent goals, client accountability, use of confrontation, psychoeducational approaches, the counselor's role, and groups in treatment of this population is examined. A model counseling program illustrates the foregoing treatment considerations. The programs uses a social learning approach in a residential setting and focuses on stopping battering and developing alternative means for coping with stress. Therapeutic, agency, and staff issues also are discussed. Appendixes include an annotated reference/resource list, practice principles for helping battered women/victims of spouse abuse, and a group information sheet which delineates group goals, guidelines, and procedures.
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Corrections training resources; Counseling; Crisis management; Domestic assault; Mental health services; Treatment techniques
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