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Battering Intervention and Prevention Training Program - BIPP Classes

The purpose of the Anger Management & Domestic Violence Institute's Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is to help male batterers understand their actions and how they alone can control their behavior so that they can live without violence. It is not the purpose of this program to find excuses for the batterers' behavior or to even try to understand it, although we will discuss how this behavior is learned. This program will teach batters how to recognize their actions, the effect they have on everyone around them, how to re-learn their thought process and how to control their behavior. If they want power and control, they must seek it over themselves and learn that they have the power to change their behavior and control their actions.

Services are offered in Four phases:
PHASE I: Registration
  Individuals must register themselves for program services. They are required to call the office 281-477-9105 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m Monday through Friday to schedule an evaluation appointment and/or complete this on-line Intake Form.

PHASE II: Evaluation
  The participant meets individually (face-to-face) with the facilitator of the group that he has chosen to attend. The facilitator conductsa Psycho-social History and Domestic Violence Inventory, which includes a detailed intimate relationship history and
abusive behavior history, as well as a detailed report of the offending incident when relevant.
  Participants should bring a Photo ID, and Judge, Attorney, Probation Officer, or Parole Officer's Name, Phone & Fax number (if applicable).
  The primary purpose of the face-to-face session is to evaluate the potential client's ability to participate and progress appropriately in a group setting as well to identify any exacerbating factors, e.g. substance abuse or psychological issues, requiring further evaluation.
PHASE III: Orientation
  During the orientation, which is conducted in an interactive group format in order to help prepare the client for the group experience, the client receives information about the philosophy and structure of the program, the group rules, and the rights and responsibilities of a participant.
PHASE IV: On-going Group Sessions
  After completing phases II & III (evaluation and orientation sessions), participants enter an on-going group sessions. All groups are conducted per State BIPP Guidelines.
  Groups average between 10 and 15 individuals in attendance.
  In order to successfully complete the program, participants are required to:
  (a) Complete a minimum of 18 weekly two-hour group sessions.
(b) Pay fee at the time of each session
(c) Participate appropriately in the work of the group.
Note:

An individual's completion of the program in no way guarantees that he will change or that he will no longer be abusive.
Completion only indicates that he met the minimum requirements of attendance, participation, and payment for services.


    Group sessions are held five (5) days a week:
        
    Monday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Tuesday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Wednesday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Thursday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Friday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Cost of service:
    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD) requires accredited BIPP programs to charge participants for services as a way of reinforcing that abusive behavior has consequences.
    Fees are as follows:

    Evaluation Standard fee of $25
    Orientation Standard fee of $25
    Group Sessions Fees for group services are assessed on a sliding scale based on the client's gross income, with a minimum of $25 per session.


    Credentials:
    BIPP facilitators are recruited from a variety of backgrounds. All are degreed professionals, and many of them have completed masters programs and have licensure. Each facilitator participates in an intensive initial training program before beginning to facilitate groups solo. In addition, each facilitator receives at least 20 hours of continuing education each year through staff in-service training, conferences, and other activities.

    Requirements:
    All participants are required to remove all firearms from the homes during their participation in the program.
    Each participant MUST sign a release of information that allows BIPP to have contact with his victim as well as his referral source. Victims are notified about the participant's enrollment in, and exit from, BIPP. Progress reports on court-mandated participants are mailed to the referral source on a monthly basis.


    What to expect:

    BIPP is not an anger management program.
    The program curricula address some anger management issues and teach some anger management skills, but it is much more comprehensive in its approach. The curriculum addresses socio-cultural issues, particularly regarding gender and violence, teaches and develops critical thinking skills, and includes therapeutic topic elements, such as empathy, accountability, and communication.

    Some courts are requiring both BIPP Classes and Anger Management Classes, we strongly suggest you complete the BIPP Classes before you take Anger Management Classes, the violent, abusive, controlling, and aggressive behavior must be addressed before you take on the task of learning effective anger control skills.


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