Future of Batterer Programs Reassessing Evidence-Based Practice

ISBN-10: 1555537707
ISBN-13: 9781555537708
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.01" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Batterer programs are at a critical juncture: A handful of experimental program evaluations show little or no effect from the prevailing program approach, a finding that has prompted calls to overhaul or replace such programs. Gondolf examines batterer research in light of the push for "evidence-based practice" and advocates a progressive evolution of batterer intervention as it currently stands. Cautioning against the call for programs based on a "new psychology," he argues that current cognitive-behavioral approaches are appropriate for most cases, with the addition of ongoing risk management for severely violent men. Overall, he promotes a broader picture of batterer intervention and advocates better implementation of the basic principles established in the criminal justice field.

Preface
Introduction
Where Are Batterer Programs Headed?
A Snapshot of Batterer Programs Today
The Purpose and Content of the Book
Reporting and Research
The Audience
Sorting Out Batterer Programs
The Uncertain State of Batterer Programs
A Diversity of Views
The Inherent Tensions Facing Batterer Programs
The Evidence-Based Practice Movement
Research Findings versus the Real-World Context
Integrating Research and Practice
The Debate about Program Effectiveness
The "Doesn't Work" Chant
Experimental Evaluations
Meta-Analyses and Effect Sizes
Statistical Modeling
Conclusion: Making Sense of It All
The New Psychology of Batterers
The Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Divide
Which Counseling Approach?
Attachment Theory Lacks Outcome Evidence
Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Contributions of the Duluth Program
Conclusion: Challenging the Divide
The Many Efforts to Categorize Batterers
Not All the Same
Extending the New Psychology
Batterer Typologies
Change Stages and Motivational Interviewing
Couples Counseling
Culturally Focused Groups
Conclusion: Toward More Engagement and Help
The System Matters
Risk Management in the Intervention System
The Uses and Misuses of Risk Assessment
Choices in Assessment and Instruments
Risk Assessment as a Process
Toward a Coordinated Community Response
Conclusion: Using Assessment Wisely
Implementation, Implementation
The Call for Systems Thinking
Research on Coordinated Community Response
Evidence of Implementation Shortfalls
Building a Coordinated Community Response
Conclusion: Facing the Challenge of Coordination
Conclusion
A Summary of Batterer Program Evidence
Some Final Thoughts
Notes
References
Index

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