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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
IV: On-going Group Sessions
completing phases II & III (evaluation and orientation sessions),
participants enter an on-going group sessions. All groups are conducted
per State BIPP Guidelines.
average between 10 and 15 individuals in attendance.
order to successfully complete the program, participants are required
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.
| 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.
sessions are held five (5) days a week:
|| 6 p.m.
- 8 p.m.
- 8 p.m.
p.m. - 8 p.m.
- 8 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
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.
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.