Choosing the right program is very important.
There is a dramatic difference in counseling services that are available to the public. Unfortunately few people are educated and trained with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and characteristics of abusive behavior. So the ability to determine the best place to get help is mostly a matter of luck, pure and simple. The really sad truth is that many of the people you would think most certainly would have the training and expertise, actually don't. And they don't even have sufficient training to understand, that they don't know. Typically therapists, counselors, and clinicians are kind and caring professionals with the highest level of integrity and honorable intentions. But in reality, there is no domestic violence training required in the State of Indiana to become licensed as a clinician or therapist. And on top of that, none of the academic Masters Degree programs required to obtain a license to work as a counselor or therapist have required domestic violence training either. Though they have learned many valuable things, unless they have specifically sought out additional training beyond their degrees and licensing requirements, they are likely often to be practicing beyond their scope of practice and not even personally aware they are doing so. There is no Masters Degree in the field of family abuse and violence. There is no license for the practice of counseling family abuse and violence. So a license does not necessarily mean competency of practice. A person can have a license to fly an airplane and that doesn't mean they're qualified to drive a bus.
All services provided by our programs are facilitated by Terry Moore, LCAC or someone who has been personally trained and supervised by Terry Moore for many years. Terry is one of the top experts in the State of Indiana in this field. He was honored by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Batterers Intervention Program Professional of the year in 2009.
Abusive words and actions have serious and long lasting, often permanent negative impact upon everyone involved. It obviously results in terror and trauma of the person(s) being abused. But it also causes extreme terror and trauma to children in the home and other family, friends, and loved ones. It results in serious consequences to the person who is abusive in addition to extreme humiliation and embarrassment. Is this really an issue where you want to seek help anywhere that's not the absolute best option you can find? Is there really a valid reason to go somewhere else when there's an evidenced based option available with documented outcomes showing positive results? Think about it. This is your life, your family, your loved ones, your peace, and your serenity and happiness at stake....as well as your children. It may be hard to understand at this moment, but this could be one of the most important decisions of your life.
We are not just a domestic violence program
Our program is an excellent option for anyone scoring at a moderate to high-risk level on the Indiana Risk Assessment System: Community Supervision Tool (IRAS-CST). It is especially suitable for those with an elevated score on domain seven, Criminal Attitudes and Behavioral Patterns. Essentially "personal accountability 101" or "denial intervention" our classes are appropriate for the following list of criminal offenses:
IC 35-42-2-1 Battery
IC 35-42-2-1.3 Domestic battery
IC 35-42-2-1.5 Aggravated battery
IC 35-42-2-2 Criminal recklessness
IC 35-42-2-9 Strangulation
IC 35-42-3-3 Criminal confinement
IC 35-42-3-4 Interference with custody
IC 35-42-4-8 Sexual battery
IC 35-43-1-2 Criminal mischief
IC 35-43-2-1.5 Residential entry
IC 35-43-2-2 Criminal trespass
IC 35-45-2-1 Intimidation
IC 35-45-2-2 Harassment "obscene message"
IC 35-45-2-5 Interference with the reporting of a crime
IC 35-45-10 Stalking
IC 35-46-1-15.1 Invasion of privacy
IC 35-46-3-12.5 Domestic violence animal cruelty
Evidenced Based CBT Criminal Thinking Classes
Based upon the most current research available, we have developed a unique (CBT) program model to compassionately challenge self-defeating belief systems. These habit level ways of thinking are the source of unhealthy choices resulting in painful life outcomes. Our method is specifically designed to teach in a way that actually reduces resistance to change. The model is named Cognitive Accountability Training (CAT). CAT has two primary therapeutic elements; one being the psychoeducational CBT based class process, and second being strict accountability to program rules and the enrollment agreement terms.
Cognitive Accountability Training (CAT) was assessed by Monica Solinas-Saunders, PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Northwest to be an "innovative evidenced based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model".
As described by Dr. Solinas-Saunders, "The CAT curriculum primarily focuses on cognitive behavioral strategies that target the offender's crimogenic propensity. The curriculum mirrors the two primary goals of the program: leading the clients to moral reasoning (or the ability to distinguish right from wrong) and accountability (or the ability to take responsibility for their own actions)."
Here is a link to the report Click Here.
Cognitive Accountability is a Trademark owned by Terry Moore, LCAC. Terry Moore is trained in MRT, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and many other evidenced based models.
Lack of Empathy and Anti-Social Peer Associations
CAT participants learn to feel empathy toward how their actions affect others. Participants also learn to recognize anti-social peer associations and develop a motivation and desire to seek out healthy friendships and relationships.
Criminogenic Attitudes and Beliefs
CAT is a unique cognitive behavioral method to indirectly confront and challenge anti-social attitudes, denial belief systems, and deviant thinking patterns often referred to as "Criminogenic Attitudes and Beliefs". These dysfunctional thinking habits (justifications, excuses, minimizations) are the core of inappropriate behavior. Our intervention strategy is specifically designed to challenge dysfunctional thinking in a way that actually reduces defensiveness and resistance to change. Dr. Solinas-Saunders wrote, "As the recidivism analysis indicates, clients who were unable to correct their criminal rationalization during the program were also more likely to re-offend (any offense). The analysis also indicates that the program is especially successful in helping clients reducing their criminal rationalization."
CAT is designed to be a repetitive process conducted at a very low-grade level. It is designed to shape and maintain appropriate behaviors until they are incorporated into the habit pattern of the participant. Participants who suffer from learning disabilities, as well as those who don't, are "at ease" in the program and understand the instructions. Instructions are broken down in simple concepts that are repeatedly proposed to the participants within the same session and across different sessions. Dr. Solinas-Saunders wrote, "Indeed, simplification and repetition appear to be key in the success of delivery of the program".
Participants LIKE our Program
We respect our participants. Court mandated and voluntary participants are accepted and treated equally. Our common sense approach is simple and respects the dignity of our program participants. There is no mental health diagnosis or label. Our program is education, not treatment. Participants do not receive a mental health diagnosis or label that could stigmatize and cause harm for them in the future. There is no waiting list. All classes are open ended so new participants can start at any time.
One recent participant wrote, "Practicing integrity everyday makes things better every day. The class was awesome."
Another wrote, "A whole year ago I started this program. I was a bad attitude, non-caring drug addict when I walked through that door and greeted Terry. A year later when I walked through the same door, I am now a 21-year-old woman, who cares about my life and my feelings and others. I am clean of drugs. I have healthy relationships, and boundaries. I own my own car, I have a full time job, and I have my own house, and I LOVE myself now. I would have never thought I could have made it this far in just one year. I am glad that I was court ordered to take this class when I did because it made me the strong woman that I am today, and I am so thankful for the tools this program has taught me. It really has been a miracle. IT WORKS, if you work it."
We have many, many similar testimonies from participants who completed our program.
By attending only one session weekly participants are taught:
Some of the topics addressed in the 26 week program: