CALGARY, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - During Alberta's Family Violence
Prevention month, one of Calgary's key counselling agencies is pleased
to report they are making a difference in family violence treatment. In
2010, The Wilson Centre at Calgary Counselling Centre had higher
completion rate for all of their family violence groups - at least 12
per cent higher in most groups.
"Our men's group rates are exceptional," says Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner,
CEO. "When we looked at groups for men and women who are abusive in
intimate relationships - both experienced exceptional rates of
completion. The statistic was the same for people mandated to
treatment, as those who came voluntarily. We are extremely proud to get
rates significantly higher than the U.S. industry average."
Traditionally, domestic violence offender treatment programs providing
service to those who are abusive in intimate relationships found that
an average of 62.2 per cent of participants completed treatment.
Calgary Counselling Centre's group completion rates are:
• Men's program - Responsible Choices for Men - 76.2 per cent
completion rate in 2010; a 72 per cent completion rate in the last
• Women's program - Responsible Choices for Women - 75 per cent
completion rate in 2010; a 64.8 per cent completion rate in the last
Group completion rates are important. Increased group completion means
an increased likelihood for more positive impacts for the individual
(e.g. better communication strategies, more self-awareness, better
understanding of aggression and abuse) and for others (i.e. individual
learns the skills to prevent future/additional violence).
"Research tells us that clients who fail to complete treatment may be at
risk to engage in further abusive behaviours," says Dr. Babins-Wagner.
"People who do not complete treatment are at higher risk for recidivism
(i.e. police visits, domestic abuse charges)."
The Wilson Centre for Domestic Abuse Studies at Calgary Counselling
Centre is a prominent counselling, training, and research Centre in
North America for those affected by domestic abuse. Our innovative
programs provide the highest level of treatment, to men, women and
children who abuse or have been abused.
Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative
in the town of Hinton, Alberta where concerned residents launched a
family violence education and prevention campaign. This grassroots
effort inspired the Alberta Legislature to support family violence
prevention as an ongoing provincial initiative, resulting in the
inception of Family Violence Prevention Month. Today, hundreds of
Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved
in preventing family violence through education and service provision.
For more information about what you can do to "END the Silence. STOP
the Violence," visit www.familyviolence.alberta.ca.
Calgary Counselling Centre is a registered charitable organization, and
the leading research and knowledge-based counselling facility in
Canada. Since 1962, the Centre has been committed to providing
compassionate, professional and affordable counselling services that
help build better lives for Calgarians through positive outcomes.
Offering barrier-free services, the Centre is also a recognized leader
in the treatment of family violence, depression, eating disorders and
self-esteem issues. Through its ongoing research and education
programs, Calgary Counselling Centre strives to meet the changing needs
of our community.
SOURCE Calgary Counselling Centre
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