Nonviolent Alternatives is a service of Abuse Counseling and Education, Inc., Indianapolis and Greenwood, Indiana.
We are a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Public Charity
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Nonviolent Alternatives is a highly specialized domestic violence Batterers Intervention Program. We are certified by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in compliance with Indiana Code 18.104.22.168. Our evidenced based classes are specially designed to provide the most safe and accountable intervention to end all levels of abusive behavior; not simply physical abuse. We challenge verbal abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, child abuse, and many other forms of abuse.
We are not a mental health or substance abuse agency throwing together a quick anger management program. We are the Central Indiana specialist in ending abusive behavior. We set the standard. Helping people end abusive behavior all we do and we are the best!
We believe strongly no one in their heart wants to be abusive or harmful to others. You owe it to yourself to learn the skills needed to have loving, kind, happy, healthy relationships. By attending our program you can learn how to change bad habits and put an end to your own abusive words and actions. Helping people end abusive behavior is our specialty, it’s what we do!
Participants in our program attend a series of weekly classes (26 minimum). Most of the classes begin with the facilitator showing a brief video scene and then leading a group discussion about the scene. Each class meets for 2 hours.
All participants are treated with the same respect and concern that they are encouraged to extend to others. It is understood that considering one's life and most intimate relationships honestly requires courage and hard work, and the atmosphere is supportive, and always nonviolent.
Each person bears full responsibility for their own behavior. This is a program for people who are interested in accepting and meeting this responsibility. Because their victims are NOT responsible for our participants' behavior, they are not involved in this program and do not attend any classes.
How To Enroll
To enroll just show up, attend a class and stay after to complete enrollment paperwork in our "Intake Orientation" session. No appointment is necessary. The enrollment fee is only $20. Please bring a picture ID.
If you are court mandated please bring your court documents ordering you to our program with you to the Intake Orientation session. Completion of the program requires remaining in compliance with rules and terms of your enrollment agreement while attending 26 class sessions.
There is no obligation and will be no pressure. After visiting one of our classes, if you wish to enroll, simply stay after class for our "Intake Orientation" session. If you decide to stay and enroll you can optionally choose to pay for the class you observed and have it count toward your program completion requirements.
Class Schedule and Fees
Our low fees vary by day and time of the class you attend. The calendar below lists class times. We are a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Public Charity and keep our fees as low as possible. We do not discuss fees over the telephone. This is part of what we discuss in the Intake Orientation session.
Class Cancellations and Changes
Our toll free recording system (1-877-545-7698) and the calendar below are also always kept up to the minute current.
There are Google map links to our class locations below or they are also linked on the calendar class times.
Nonviolent Alternatives Greenwood, 3209 West Smith Valley Road, Suite 137, Greenwood, Indiana 46142 is located just west of the intersection of SR 135 and West Smith Valley Road. At this location we currently offer men's classes.
Greenwood Class, Terry Moore, LCAC, Senior Facilitator
Nonviolent Alternatives Indianapolis, 2346 Lynhurst Dr, Suite 600, Indianapolis, Indiana 46241. Classes are held in the conference room of the Rose Project. We do not maintain an office here, we just teach scheduled classes at this location. From the Sam Jones Expressway turn north on Lynhurst and the office complex will be on the left (west) side of the road. Building 600 is in the north-east part of the complex.
We support and now collaborate with #theROSEproject. They have now taken over our women's program and we are grateful to work together with such a wonderful organization.
The picture to the right is Lynell Westbrook. If you have a few minutes, click on Lynell's picture to browse through their website to see some of the services they provide to women. Thank you Lynell Westbrook and staff for the amazing work you are doing.
Attention Referral Sources
To check the current status of a participant in our program login to our online client tracking database. Your email address is your login ID. There is a "Lost Password?" link on the login page if you need it. Simply enter your email address and the system will send you a new temporary password.
We are listed in DCS KidsTrak as "Abuse Counseling & Education, Inc." All of our services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran, and any other protected classes.
Choosing the right program is very important
There is a dramatic difference in counseling services that are available to the public. Unfortunately few people are educated and trained with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and characteristics of abusive behavior. So the ability to determine the best place to get help is mostly a matter of luck, pure and simple. The really sad truth is that many of the people you would think most certainly would have the training and expertise, actually don't. And they don't even have sufficient training to understand, that they don't know. Typically therapists, counselors, and clinicians are kind and caring professionals with the highest level of integrity and honorable intentions. But in reality, there is no domestic violence training required in the State of Indiana to become licensed as a clinician or therapist. And on top of that, none of the academic Masters Degree programs required to obtain a license to work as a counselor or therapist have required domestic violence training either. Though they have learned many valuable things, unless they have specifically sought out additional training beyond their degrees and licensing requirements, they are likely often to be practicing beyond their scope of practice and not even personally aware they are doing so. There is no Masters Degree in the field of family abuse and violence. There is no license for the practice of counseling family abuse and violence. So a Masters degree and license does not necessarily mean competency of practice. A person can have a license to fly an airplane and that doesn't mean they're qualified to drive a bus.
Abusive words and actions have serious and long lasting, often permanent negative impact upon everyone involved. It obviously results in terror and trauma of the person(s) being abused. But it also causes extreme terror and trauma to children in the home and other family, friends, and loved ones. It results in serious consequences to the person who is abusive in addition to extreme humiliation and embarrassment. Is this really an issue where you want to seek help anywhere that's not the absolute best option you can find? Is there really a valid reason to go somewhere else when there's an evidenced based option available with documented outcomes showing positive results? Think about it. This is your life, your family, your loved ones, your peace, and your serenity and happiness at stake....as well as your children. It may be hard to understand at this moment, but this could be one of the most important decisions of your life.
We are not just a domestic violence program
Our program is an excellent option for anyone scoring at a moderate to high-risk level on the Indiana Risk Assessment System: Community Supervision Tool (IRAS-CST). It is especially suitable for those with an elevated score on domain seven, Criminal Attitudes and Behavioral Patterns. Essentially "personal accountability 101" or "denial intervention" our classes are appropriate for the following list of criminal offenses:
IC 35-42-2-1 Battery
IC 35-42-2-1.3 Domestic battery
IC 35-42-2-1.5 Aggravated battery
IC 35-42-2-2 Criminal recklessness
IC 35-42-2-9 Strangulation
IC 35-42-3-3 Criminal confinement
IC 35-42-3-4 Interference with custody
IC 35-42-4-8 Sexual battery
IC 35-43-1-2 Criminal mischief
IC 35-43-2-1.5 Residential entry
IC 35-43-2-2 Criminal trespass
IC 35-45-2-1 Intimidation
IC 35-45-2-2 Harassment; "obscene message"
IC 35-45-2-5 Interference with the reporting of a crime
IC 35-45-10 Stalking
IC 35-46-1-15.1 Invasion of privacy
IC 35-46-3-12.5 Domestic violence animal cruelty
Evidenced Based CBT Criminal Thinking Classes
Based upon the most current research available, we have developed a unique (CBT) program model to compassionately challenge self-defeating belief systems. These habit level ways of thinking are the source of unhealthy choices resulting in painful life outcomes. Our method is specifically designed to teach in a way that actually reduces resistance to change. The model is named Cognitive Accountability Training (CAT). CAT has two primary therapeutic elements; one being the psychoeducational CBT based class process, and second being strict accountability to program rules and the enrollment agreement terms.
Cognitive Accountability Training (CAT) was assessed by Monica Solinas-Saunders, PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Northwest to be an "innovative evidenced based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model".
As described by Dr. Solinas-Saunders, "The CAT curriculum primarily focuses on cognitive behavioral strategies that target the offender's crimogenic propensity. The curriculum mirrors the two primary goals of the program: leading the clients to moral reasoning (or the ability to distinguish right from wrong) and accountability (or the ability to take responsibility for their own actions)."
Here is a link to the report Click Here.
Cognitive Accountability is a Trademark owned by Terry Moore, LCAC. Terry Moore is trained in MRT, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and many other evidenced based models.
Lack of Empathy and Anti-Social Peer Associations
CAT participants learn to feel empathy toward how their actions affect others. Participants also learn to recognize anti-social peer associations and develop a motivation and desire to seek out healthy friendships and relationships.
Criminogenic Attitudes and Beliefs
CAT is a unique cognitive behavioral method to indirectly confront and challenge anti-social attitudes, denial belief systems, and deviant thinking patterns often referred to as "Criminogenic Attitudes and Beliefs". These dysfunctional thinking habits (justifications, excuses, minimizations) are the core of inappropriate behavior. Our intervention strategy is specifically designed to challenge dysfunctional thinking in a way that actually reduces defensiveness and resistance to change. Dr. Solinas-Saunders wrote, "As the recidivism analysis indicates, clients who were unable to correct their criminal rationalization during the program were also more likely to re-offend (any offense). The analysis also indicates that the program is especially successful in helping clients reducing their criminal rationalization."
CAT is designed to be a repetitive process conducted at a very low-grade level. It is designed to shape and maintain appropriate behaviors until they are incorporated into the habit pattern of the participant. Participants who suffer from learning disabilities, as well as those who don't, are "at ease" in the program and understand the instructions. Instructions are broken down in simple concepts that are repeatedly proposed to the participants within the same session and across different sessions. Dr. Solinas-Saunders wrote, "Indeed, simplification and repetition appear to be key in the success of delivery of the program".
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