Alternatives to Domestic Violence: A Homework Manual for Battering Intervention Groups

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Routledge, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 242 pages
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Created to be used as a workbook by men in domestic violence group counseling, this book presents a solid, interactive, and comprehensive treatment tool.

If you are a group leader, this guide will provide you with a supplement to your group instruction. Like the previous editions, it is designed to be used with a wide variety of accepted curricula for domestic violence intervention programs. Interactive lessons and exercises cover important topics such as respect and accountability, maintaining positive relationships, good communication, parenting, and the role of religion in recovery. For this new edition, the authors used feedback from group leaders and participants to update, remove, and adjust exercises, and to design new ones. A chapter on the role of drugs and alcohol in domestic violence has been added, as well as new "tool" exercises that will help group members learn new skills and modify and apply them to their lives.

If you are a group member, you will find this book to be a valuable supplement to the work you do in group. In it, personal stories from men who were in a group just like you will show you how they have both found success and failed, giving you the opportunity to learn from both. Interactive exercises will enhance your participation in group, and homework assignments will allow you to continue your learning outside of group. Additionally, new "tool" exercises will teach you new skills and how you can apply them in your life.


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The Road to Change
Chapter 2 Defining Abuse and Battering
Chapter 3 Achieving Nonviolence
Chapter 4 Exploring and Defeating Intimidation
Chapter 5 Creating a Trusting Relationship
Chapter 6 Giving and Receiving Respect
Taking Responsibility for Yourself
Chapter 8 Maintaining Positive Sexual Relationships
Chapter 10 Cooperating Through Good Communication
How to Relate to Your Children
Chapter 12 Religion and Domestic Violence
Chapter 13 The Role of Drugs and Alcohol in Domestic Violence

Chapter 9 Negotiating a Partnership

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About the author (2011)

Kevin A. Fall, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University.

Shareen Howard, MS, LPC-S, is the Mental Health Assessment Specialist at the Denton County Sheriff's Office in Denton, Texas, where she provides services for inmates.

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