Intimacy and family life is wonderful, but a skills-based endeavor. Men who abuse women are often challenged by emotional illiteracy and belief systems that encourage power and control tactics to deal with conflict or pursue selfish interests. Rather than needing to examine relationship dynamics, men who abuse need to change their behavior.
Although accountability training is the cornerstone of most domestic violence counseling, psychological deficits influence the need for and tactics of control. The more we understand the diversity among men, the more effective our interventions will be.
Which leads to the question – How can we treat the whole of the problem without abandoning our commitment to making men accountable for domestic violence?
Through counseling and workshops, the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan helps explore the standard models of batterer intervention work, including the Duluth approach. We look at diagnostic models for identifying men who abuse and explore how we can design and deliver treatment for each of these personalities.
The Men’s Resource Center offers informational presentations, professional trainings, and full-day workshops on domestic violence counseling. These provide individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools to work more effectively in the challenging field of domestic violence.
Contact the Men’s Resource Center for our fee schedule and more information.