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LCADV/NOFJC: Duluth Batterer Intervention Training

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The New Orleans Family Justice Center are inviting you to our 2019 Statewide Batterer Intervention Training and Healing and Accountability Summit June 18-21, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. This training is intended for anyone working with families affected by domestic violence and we are extending this invitation to all professionals in attempt to expand of state’s capacity for Batterer Intervention work.

 Why do we recommend obtaining training in Duluth’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Program? Certified batterer intervention programs distinguish themselves from more generic forms of treatment by their emphasis on abuser accountability as well as victim safety. The Duluth model also focuses on larger community and statewide responses to domestic violence. Batterer intervention programs are considered by many to be an important part of a comprehensive approach to domestic violence, and some courts order offenders to attend these programs while on probation for a domestic violence offense. Beyond this, batterer intervention programs also appear to help significant numbers of abusers to change their behavior, and to have more positive relationships with their partners and children.
The goal of intervention programs is to teach abusive partners to develop empathy for their victims, identify and self-monitor negative thoughts, and to identify and interrupt the negative self-talk that often precedes incidences of violence, in order to prevent further abuse. The programs also aim to teach gender equality in relationships and typically teach participants to identify various forms of abuse, recognize and detail the type of abuse they have engaged in, take responsibility for the abuse, and find alternatives to violence, often helping participants learn to develop a non-abusive response to behavior that they might ordinarily respond to in an abusive manner. Despite this, batterer intervention programs are still underutilized, particularly by the larger human service and medical communities, who tend to view these programs as mere extensions of the criminal justice system.
The first 3 days of our statewide summit will be a comprehensive Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) training Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, presented by Duluth presenter, Mr. Ty Schroyer. The BIP portion of the training is perfect for anyone who:

  • Is interested in working with men who batter

  • Has the ability to be an educator

  • Has an openness to be self-reflective regarding one’s own struggle with privilege

  • Is looking to sharpen their facilitation skills and deepen their insight

  • Wants to start a batterer intervention program

  • Wants to become a certified Duluth men’s non-violence group facilitator 

(We strongly encourage anyone who is using early versions of the curriculum or parts or adaptations of more-recent versions to join us. Learning about the curriculum in this context should both deepen your understanding of the curriculum and how best to use it in a social change framework.)
The topics that will be covered include: theories that guide Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, facilitating structured, interactive classes, establishing and maintaining dialogue while avoiding collusion, using control logs, equality logs, exercises including role-plays and video vignettes, helping men identify and change beliefs that support violence, and learning how a Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter program fits within a Duluth Model interagency coordinated community response.
Following the 3 day Duluth training, the Healing and Accountability Summit will be a 1-day community-wide gathering to discuss various intervention and accountability models for those who commit domestic violence and/or sexual assault, as well as discussions of ‘systems accountability.’ Drawing on varied approaches from experts nationwide, the summit will give those in New Orleans an opportunity to reflect on our current systems and how could we improve/shift our approaches. It will be a chance to deepen our understanding of effective intervention and how we measure ‘success’ in intervening on violence.
Cost: The cost of attendance for the Duluth’s training for LCADV tier 1,2, and 3 members is only $100/person and $225/person for non-members. The Summit on day 4 will be FREE to attend! Registration for both is now open and the registration deadline is June 11, 2019 at 4pm.

Continuing Education: 17 CEUs are being offered for social workers upon completion of the batterer intervention training (Days 1-3). 6 CEUs will be offered for social workers for The Healing and Accountability Summit for a fee of $40. Payments should be made on the day of the summit by cash or card. 
Accommodations: Also, a room block has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113, for June 17-20th. It is only 1 block away from the training/summit which will be held at the New Orleans Family Justice Center. The group rates are $149 for king bed rooms and $174 for double beds. To reserve a room, please use the link below. Please do so soon because, the block is filling up quickly and the cutoff date to book is 05/28/19.

Batterer Intervention Training:

Healing and Accountability Summit:

PLEASE NOTE: This event is neither hosted by nor endorsed by the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force. This event does not necessarily represent the views or values of the Task Force.