Providing and understanding battering intervention requires a focus on a broad-ranging kaleidoscope of information. Essential community and individual considerations, including history, culture, geography, gender identity, education, job role, and many other unique factors, impact the prism from which intervention programs are designed and implemented. This year's BISC-MI Conference focuses on looking inside group rooms of battering intervention programs (BIPs) to provide conference participants with opportunities to explore in-depth strategies, techniques, and tools. Our internationally recognized faculty bring a wide spectrum of experiences and extensive backgrounds in both the direct service and administrative components of BIP programming. This conference is designed to specifically meet the needs of a wide-range of provider experience, from the most seasoned to brand new. Additionally, inclusion of survivor advocates, criminal and civil court personnel, and child welfare workers will strengthen strategies to engage those who have been abusive and deepen insights regarding the role battering intervention-programming serves in helping to address, and ideally, end domestic abuse.
For the first time BISC-MI is very excited to offer a track to 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 attend as a community team representing a survivor service organization, court, 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 how we make meaningful change happen inside battering intervention programs.