|"Leaders must pick causes they won't abandon easily,
remain committed despite setbacks, and communicate their big ideas over and over again in every
encounter."-- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The Men Stopping Violence program was created in direct response to a crucial need regarding violent men, both in prison and in
the population as a whole. For many years, critics have argued that violent men could not be rehabilitated. The view was, "once violent, always violent."
Through his personal experience with incarcerated men, Joe Marinello
came to believe that many of these men could learn to have effective and productive lives without violence. It is not easy;
patterns developed as far back as early childhood resist change. That is precisely why the intense nature of M.S.V. is so important.
The concentrated, daily work is what allows these men to change themselves.
Methodically, applying proven psychological principles, the M.S.V. program makes that change possible.
The core of M.S.V. is centered in the specially designed and developed Workbook, which has evolved
through years of daily contact and interaction with violent men.
The following psycho-educational components are provided over the 20 weeks of the program.
The “Men Stopping Violence” Program will ordinarily consist of 20-26 inmates or outpatient clients who are either mandated or recommended for placement in the program. The program will include a Program Counselor/Educator, a part time female Counselor/Psychologist and Peer Counselors (inmates who have successfully completed the program). The program involves six hours of classroom activities per day, four days a week. For three additional hours per day, four days a week, the participants will work individually or in small groups on program assignments. Once each week, the class is broken down into smaller groups so that the clients can engaged each other in an experiential group setting which is co-facilitated by the program educator/counselor and the female counselor/psychologist. This group setting allows the clients to discuss their violence in a safe setting and received feedback from both a female and male perspective. The fifth day of each week will be devoted to lab time, treatment team and individual therapy. All clients receive some form of gain time for completing the program.
- Domestic Violence Overview
- Signs and Dynamics of Domestic Violence
- Understanding Your Particular Cycle of Violence
- Understanding Thinking Errors (Cognitive Distortions)
- Communication Styles
- Family Roles
- Empathy Training
- Assertiveness Boundaries
- Assertiveness Training
- Anger Styles
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- Healthy Shame
- Role Play of Past Abusive Acts
- Video Labs
- Relapse Prevention
- Effective Living
Depending on need, the capability of some of the participants, a total of five individuals, who have successfully completed the program, may be selected by the treatment team to continue on with the program as peer counselors. While working in this capacity, those individuals would continue to receive gain time and perhaps earn a moderate stipend for their services.
For more details, take a look at the Table of Contents of the M.S.V. workbook.
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