Kaleidoscope: Focusing the Prism of Battering Intervention Programs
Battering intervention is a constantly changing kaleidoscope of information. Geography, gender identity, job role, history, culture, education and community can all impact the prism from which intervention is viewed. This year BISC-MI will focus on looking inside group rooms of battering intervention programs (BIPs) and provide conference participants with an opportunity to explore in depth strategies, techniques and tools from around the country. This conference is designed to meet the needs of providers, from the most experienced to the brand new. Additionally, advocates, Children's Protective Services and court personnel will find ways to engage men who have been abusive and provide insight to survivors and other professionals about intervention’s role in addressing domestic abuse. The faculty bring a wide spectrum of experience and have extensive backgrounds providing direct service and administrative components.
For the first time BISC-MI will provide a track to highlight and encourage the development of new BIP programs. The implementation of this specialty track requires that at least 20 participants sign up. We encourage participants falling under this category to bring members of their community from multiple disciplines, including court, survivor service organization, child welfare, law enforcement, potential BIP providers, or other community partners. Conference faculty will meet with these groups to explore issues of policy development, coordinated community response, participant engagement and program structure.
We hope you’ll join us in taking a look through the kaleidoscope to view and review what can happen inside battering intervention programs.
Rhea V. Almeida
Rhea V. Almeida, MS, Ph.D., founder of Institute for Family Services, is a family therapist, trainer and educator. Creator of a Liberation Based Healing Perspective in family therapy, Dr. Almeida is the author of numerous journal articles and three books: Expansions of Feminist Theory Through Diversity, Transformations in Gender and Race: Family and Developmental Perspectives and co-author of Transformative Family Therapy: Just Families in a Just Society. She serves on the boards of several peer review journals and is acknowledged internationally and nationally for her work on Intersectionality - in therapeutic and policy practices. She is a co-founder of the national Liberation Based Healing Conference currently in its 14th year!
In 2005 she received the American Family Therapy Academy Distinguished Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy. She has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN and Pure Oxygen. Her recent book Liberation Based Practices, came out April 2019, available on Amazon!