The Abuser Intervention Program (AIP)

The Abuser Intervention Program (AIP) provides the information and counseling that abusers need to change destructive ways of relating to the important people in their lives. The AIP is a comprehensive set of counseling services designed specifically for individuals who display abusive behavior within the family. The centerpiece of this program is a 26-week group counseling experience with individual sessions provided to each participant. Most of the individuals involved in this program have been referred by the local court system. However, others may attend the program voluntarily.  The centerpiece of this program is a 26-week group counseling experience with individual sessions provided to each participant.

 Program Philosophy

 The philosophy of the AIP is that any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse within a family relationship is unacceptable and creates devastating consequences to both the abuser and victim. In addition, we believe that most abusive individuals do not enjoy their behavior and would change if given support and taught substitute behavior.

 Participation Guidelines

 If accepted into the Abuser Intervention Program, clients will be required to agree to a set of guidelines for participation.

Most of the guidelines for participation are designed to help the group stay on subject and to allow members to get as much out of their participation as possible.

 The group will involve a combination of instruction by the group leader and discussion by the members. It is expected that everyone will contribute in some way to the discussions.

 MSCFV will contact the abuser’s victim to encourage the reporting of any further abuse immediately. MSCFV’s educational and counseling services are also offered to the victim at that time.

 Four main focal points are addressed during the program.

  • The cultural, traditional and attitudinal foundations of violence and family abuse are examined.

  • Society’s beliefs and past sanctions of violent behavior are continually explored and challenged.

  • Options and alternatives to violence are discussed, demonstrated and endorsed with emphasis on management and technique.

  • Developing an efficient level of communication by focusing on listening rather than telling and a “we” instead of “me” approach to settling differences.

Intake and Admissions

 Every client who contacts MSCFV about the Abuser Intervention Program will be asked to attend an intake appointment with one of the counselors.

 During the intake appointment, the counselor will ask questions designed to provide a clear picture of the client’s background and current situation. Information about the client’s history of abusive behavior, any prior counseling experiences and alcohol or drug abuse will be requested.

 The counselor will use this information to assess how to best help the client change his or her behavior. The client may be asked to attend alcohol or drug treatment prior to participation in the Abuser Intervention Program. The intake process takes approximately one hour.

 Program Cost

 The Abuser Intervention Program is the only service offered through MSCFV that requires payment from the client. The cost of the program is $25 per week for 26 weeks, with a $30 charge for the intake assessment.

 How to Enroll and Group Requirements

 If accepted into the Abuser Intervention Program, clients will be required to agree to a set of guidelines for participation.

 Court Ordered

He/She is responsible for calling MSCFV at 1-800-927-4673, two days from the date the court ordered to schedule an intake appointment.

 Volunteer

 He/She may call to voluntarily enroll in the AIP. A voluntary enrollment is accepted with the understanding of the commitment to complete the program as directed. He/She must send an intake fee of $30 before an appointment can be scheduled.

 Absences

 He/She is allowed two unexcused absences. He/She will be required to provide verification for any absences over the two unexcused. He/She is responsible for calling MSCFV at 1-800-927-4673 when there is an absence.

 Scheduling an Intake Appointment

 Call MSCFV at 1-800-927-4673. He/She will be asked to provide name, address, phone number, birth date, employment, and victim contact information. He/She will also be asked if participation in the program is court ordered or voluntary.

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HELPING TO STOP THE CYCLE OF ABUSE ONE PERSON AT A TIME!