This letter is to inform your Honor about Transformation’s Batterer’s Intervention Online Program. The sessions are taught by the Director of a State Approved Domestic Violence/Batterer’s Intervention Program using an approved curriculum and follows standards of National Mental Health (NMHA) to insure a quality program to help lead to the elimination of violence and/or abuse in the home. Our curriculum covers all forms of abuse, power and control, gender roles, impact of abuse on children, alcohol and drug use, and non-violent problem solving.
The sessions are very personal and are taught using a very practical and skill based approach. Each session is geared to not just teach participants to stop the behavior that brought them before the courts, but to give them the tools they need to apply to their lives to ensure positive healthy coping skills are used in the future.
The format used for our online classes is tri-part.
Each session contains a Video portion, a Reading portion, and a Quiz portion that is very personalized. Many checks are in place to ensure the participant fully engages in each session and are not able to skip any sections.
- Every session has a Video portion that the participant will watch just as if they were sitting in a classroom. Hidden within the videos are questions they must answer to verify the entire video portion was watched and the material was absorbed.
- Every session also includes a Reading Portion that teaches the material in a very practical skill-based manner. The participants are not just learning to stop the unhealthy behavior, they are learning positive coping skills for how to handle life situations in the future. Every session also includes an interactive portion of Power and Control and Equality concepts that helps the participant to draw a very clear line between healthy and unhealthy characteristics of relationships. The interactive portion gives them the opportunity to hold the mirror up to their past relationships and current relationship to take responsibility for and to evaluate their behavior.
- The third portion of the session is the Quiz Portion. The participants must answer open ended quiz questions that require them to apply the material to their own lives and own situations in order to answer the questions. This ensures that they not only absorbed the material taught in that session, but that they are able to apply it to their own lives.
The classes are on-going and self-paced so participants can start anytime and can complete all portions online 24 hours a day on their own schedule. Our core curriculum consists of 52 weekly sessions or the Defendant can complete the number of sessions required in their state or their case as ordered by the presiding Judge. The Defendant pays nothing out of pocket until week 5 which allows low income clients to begin immediately after being released from jail and remain compliant with the courts.
Each participant is also required to submit a Completion Speech at the end of their classes. They will also receive a Certificate of Completion after all sessions are complete.
We look forward to working with you in the near future and look forward in doing our part to make your job easier!
Deborah Farber, LPC
Transformations Online, Program Director