For example, in an early scene there’s a miscommunication between Lee and Patrick, who opens the door to the car to get out just as Lee hits the gas pedal. Lee’s overreaction and Patrick’s quick comeback leads to a humorous beat, but the moment also embodies the film’s central conflict: Lee’s action led to the death of his children, and he’s incapable of being responsible for Patrick’s well-being. The film is a journey to see if Lee can overcome this and form a new family with Patrick (clearly his brother’s unspoken plan, another example of the audience being set up to fill in backstory gaps), but Lonergan doesn’t see this as all despair. Although Lee eventually admits he’s unable to get over his past, his coming to peace about it (“I can’t get past it,” he tells Patrick, the only moment when Lee acknowledges his struggle) is moving. Lonergan sees the beauty in that journey.
The Unidentified Victim on Probation
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 40-57 percent of female offenders in prison, jail, or on probation reported experiencing physical or sexual abuse prior to their sentence. Of those women, approximately half reported that their abusers were intimate partners. Increasingly, community corrections professionals are addressing IPV through enhanced and/or specialized supervision of intimate partner abusers. However, probation, parole, and pre-trial services professionals can also play an important role in identifying and addressing the needs of IPV victims under community supervision. In addition, they are in a unique position to recognize potential unreported cases of IPV. The presenter will discuss risk factors, sample screening questions and assessment tools, and supervision strategies that can help protect individuals who are victims of IPV. Attendees will also learn to identify collateral contacts and other data that can be useful when seeking to identify IPV victims.
Unmasking the Sexual Offender
Sexual offenders present difficult and complicated issues in treatment and management. Denial, victim blaming, and blatant deception are inherent in the interactions with sexual offenders. Most importantly, sexual offenders constantly re-enact the victim-offender relationship in many contexts in their life. Traditional approaches with sexual offenders are not only ineffective, but can replicate the offense dynamics and increase risk to the community. This workshop will help participants develop an understanding of sexual offense dynamics and an acceptance of the worldview of the offender. An exploration of the distortions, fantasies, and interpersonal manipulations will be presented in a practical, straight forward, and enlightening manner.
Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Victims of Violence
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals. It has since been adapted to deal with numerous other behavioral problems. Trauma robs someone of a sense of security and well-being. DBT uses mindfulness to restore a sense of safety in the present moment. Other skills in DBT teach strategies for coping with painful emotions, being assertive, and accepting and moving forward in the face of even severe trauma. Participants will learn the basic principles of DBT, as well as selected skills that may be useful in assisting victims of violence, trafficking, or stalking.
Using Neurofeedback to Treat Domestic Violence Brain Injuries
Joshua Brown , Peggy Wright
Recognizing that traumatic brain injury (TBI) could greatly interfere with an abuse survivor's goal of achieving self-sufficiency, the Fort Bend Women's Center (FBWC) explored multiple treatment options with limited success. Ultimately, FBWC began a neurofeedback program which has shown promising results. Participants of this workshop will be presented with relevant overviews of TBI, intimate partner violence, and neurofeedback. The workshop will include a description of FBWC's program model and outcomes, as well as a live neurofeedback demonstration.