"This book harkens a new era of intimate partner violence intervention, one in which we are free to experiment with alternative ways to end intimate partner abuse."
-Julia C. Babcock, PhD
Professor, University of Houston, TX (From the Foreword)
"The book you hold in your hands offers a variety of approaches intended to help abusive men change by utilizing the strengths and assets they already possess."
-Chris Huffine, PsyD
Allies in Change Counseling Center
Portland, OR (From the Foreword)
Strengths-based batterer intervention programs serve as a unique approach to intimate partner violence (IPV), building on individual strengths-not deficits-to help IPV offenders end their abusive lifestyles. This book assists counselors in providing IPV offenders with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to permanently change their offending behavior.
The book discusses emerging theories and presents cutting-edge batterer intervention techniques that use positive psychology, such as solution-focused therapy, strengths-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and motivational interviewing.
* Chapters are conveniently organized by therapeutic model, each discussing the latest research, core concepts, objectives, and applications
* Case studies, both real-life and hypothetical, presenting quotes from and dialogues with offenders undergoing treatment
* Counselor tools, including exercises, questions, and assessment strategies that build on the offenders' strengths and competencies
Family violence professionals must recognize the power their clients have to utilize their strengths, skills, talents, desires, and dreams. It is from these strengths that clients will be able to transform themselves into the people they want to be.
Section I: A Changing Paradigm
Chapter 1: The State of Batterer Intervention Programs: An Analytical Discussion
Chapter 2: Strengths-Based Batterer Intervention: A New Direction With a Different Paradigm
Section II: Theoretical Models for Strengths Based Batterers Intervention
Chapter 3: Accountability for change: Solution-Focused Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders
Chapter 4: Motivational Interviewing for Intimate Partner Violence
Chapter 5: Narrative Therapy: Addressing masculinity in conversations with men who perpetrate violence
Chapter 6: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Partner Abusive Men
Chapter 7: Application of the Broaden-and-Build theory of positive emotions to intimate partner violence
Chapter 8: Applying the Good Lives Model to male perpetrators of domestic violence
Section III: Practical Tools and a Look Forward
Chapter 9: Application of Strengths Based Approaches
Chapter 10: Looking Forward
About the Editors:
Peter Lehmann, Ph.D., LCSW, is Associate Professor, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include evaluating men and women charged with domestic violence as well as fidelity development with solution-focused therapy. Dr. Lehmann divides his time between teaching direct practice and codirecting the Community Services Center at the School of Social Work.
Catherine A. Simmons, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor, College of Social Work the University of Tennessee. Her research interests revolve around trauma and violence with a focus on family violence, offenders, and strengths based interventions. Dr. Simmons has over 15 years of social work practice experience with family violence, trauma, and mental health populations. Currently, Dr. Simmons teaches direct practice and leadership courses in the graduate program.