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Helping people end abusive behavior is our specialty, it’s what we do!


We believe strongly in what we do. No one in their heart wants to be abusive or harmful to others. You owe it to yourself to learn the skills needed to have loving, kind, happy, healthy relationships. By attending our program you can learn how to change bad habits and put an end to your own abusive words and actions.

Our evidenced based classes are specially designed to provide the most safe and accountable intervention to end all levels of abusive behavior; not simply physical abuse.  We challenge verbal abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, child abuse, and many other forms of abuse. We are not a mental health or substance abuse agency throwing together a quick anger management program.

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In compliance with Indiana Code 35.50.9.1, we are certified by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. All of our services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran, and any other protected classes.



Cost

Our program fees are very low, only $30 per week. We accept cash, credit cards, or debit cards for payment. Sorry, no personal checks.  Since we have no other source of funding for this program we must require payment to enter class.

How to Enroll

To enroll, simply call 219-299-2533 to make an appointment for an orientation session. Cost of the orientation session is $30.

Class Locations and Schedule

Merrillville Tuesday 6 PM Class.

Class is held in the church hall of the Anglican Church of St Andrew the Evangelist, 8555 Grand Blvd, Merrillville, IN 46410.  It is located one mile south of the intersection of Rt 51 and Rt 30. Google Map

LaPorte Thursday 6 PM Class.

Class is held in the church hall of St Mary of the Angels Church at 811 Monroe St, La Porte, IN 46350, a block and a half from the LaPorte County Court House. Michigan City residents can take the Transit Triangle Bus service to LaPorte which stops at the Courthouse.  Google Map

Program Description

Participants in our program attend a series of weekly classes (26 minimum).  Most of the classes begin with the facilitator showing a brief video scene and then leading a group discussion about the scene.  Each class meets for about 90 minutes. All participants are treated with the same respect and concern that they are encouraged to extend to others. It is understood that considering one's life and most intimate relationships honestly requires courage and hard work, and the atmosphere is supportive, and always nonviolent.

Each person bears full responsibility for their own behavior. This is a program for people who are interested in accepting and meeting this responsibility. Because their victims are NOT responsible for our participants' behavior, they are not involved in this program and do not attend any classes.

If you are in an ongoing relationship with someone who is interested in doing so, that person is welcome to attend the orientation session with you to learn about our program.

Choosing the right program is very important

Important Choice
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.

Abused Kid
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

Risk
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

Research
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 was 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

How You Feel
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."






Simple Concepts


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".

Referral Source Information

During orientation clients are asked who is referring them to our program. Thus, while not a prerequisite for enrollment, we encourage referral sources to notify us when they make a referral.  This will ensure that you will be correctly identified as the referral source and will automatically be provided all client reports, and will assist us in helping clients most efficiently and effectively. Please indicate if there is a date by which you would like to be notified if the individual referred has not yet enrolled in our program.  Here is a quick and simple link to a
Use this form to let us know someone is coming.  Then we can let you know if they don't enroll as you have instructed them to.  We will also have you in our system as the person designated to receive Status Reports when they do enroll. 

24/7 Online Client Tracking Database System

Speaking of our system and status reports, we use an amazing online client tracking system system, whenever a client enrolls in our program, if their referral source (probation officer, DCS FCM, etc.) is not in our system, they are added to our online client tracking system and sent an email with both a link to our data base system www.bipdatabase.com and a temporary password. Once logged on, you will find a search box. By entering a first or last name you can instantly connect to records of your client in our system.

BIP Database


All of our client records are maintained in this electronic data base, and are available for viewing and/or printing 24/7. This includes a full record of all classes attended and missed, payment history and balance, and number of classes remaining. With our electronic record keeping system, entries are made at the time of each class or any reportable incident, so our online records are always current. You can actually login at 6:01pm to see if your client signed in and is present at a 6pm class.  This could be useful say for example if you wish to have a confidential discussion with a domestic violence victim, you could first verify he is in class before you call.

Client reports are usually emailed the same day as the events that trigger them to referral sources or other appropriate parties authorized during referral and orientation (e.g. - judges, prosecutors, victim advocates.) When appropriate, reports can be directed to multiple recipients. Reports are automatically generated and sent at the time of ,enrollment, completion, discharge, significant incident, and an updated status report is sent each month for all enrolled clients.
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