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Foundations for Violence Free Living: A Step-By-Step Guide to Facilitating Men's Domestic Abuse Groups [Paperback]

David J Mathews

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Book Description

June 15 1995
Foundations for Violence-Free Living: A Step-by-Step Guide to Facilitating Men's Domestic Abuse Groups gives you everything you need to facilitate effective men's domestic abuse groups. Whether you want to start a group or enhance your current program, this guide and participant's workbook provide complete tools for facilitating a domestic abuse treatment program with proven success. Foundations for Violence-Free Living distills the best of fifteen years of experience by one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive domestic abuse programs. This practical guide includes: 1) twenty-nine activities accompanied by forty-nine worksheets—pick and choose the activities and worksheets that best fit your clientele, your program, and the strengths of your facilitators; 2) extensive preparation for each activity, including how to present it, what worksheets are required, and most important, the issues each activity is likely to raise and how to respond to them; 3) proven techniques for reversing denial and blaming, changing the behavior of resistant clients, dealing with chemical use in group, serving a diverse clientele, and other special issues; 4) guidelines for program consistency, from a philosophy of violence, to intake and individual counseling, to recommended policies and releases, to suggestions for facilitating groups; and 5) how to co-facilitate, and why we recommend a male/female facilitation team. The activities in this guide were developed by the staff of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Community Assistance Program, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance (June 15 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780940069053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940069053
  • ASIN: 0940069059
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars Step by Step in the Right Direction July 30 2004
By M. Pelland - Published on Amazon.com
The Amherst Wilder Foundation publishers some kinds of books that are difficult to think about. This one, by David J. Mathews, is one of those in that it would not exist if some men did not harm their wives and families through violent acts of hostility and anger in the home. But this book is truly a step in the right direction and invaluable in working with men who live in a heterosexual relationship and have abused a partner. The book is a work book to accompany a course produced by the Foundation but is intended to stand alone as a model for your own community's program whether you're just starting or revising an existing model.

Mathews text is well organized and written in a conversational voice that is engaging and interesting. It's surprisingly all-inclusive programatically- from determining who to include as a participant and how to select and train a facilitator to instructions for a final review. I enjoyed the author's perspective that there is no magic solution and everything in this book can be adapted to suit your specific needs, personalities and philosophies.

The topics to address and the how to's for them leave nothing out, in fact, one gets the feeling in readng this book that a savvy and dedicated rookie might be quite successful by this model.

If anything is left out, it's the business and administrative side of creating a men's program: there is no discussion of marketing, fees, how to find funding or evaluate the success of your whole program. If you seek other info sources about the business aspects and focus on the program itself and the good it can do, you will find this guide to be the only one you need.

Reviewed By Maryan Pelland, OnText.com

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