A parallel, political journey with men who have abused
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This book is a practical guide for counsellors and therapists who work in the field of interventions with men who have engaged in violence or sexual abuse towards partners and family members.
The book argues that intervention practices must move beyond attempts to coerce, confront or educate a seemingly unwilling or unmotivated man. Instead, it offers respectful intervention practices, necessitating a parallel journey by the therapist, which:
Becoming Ethical builds on the invitational model, introduced by Alan Jenkins in his book Invitations to Responsibility (Dulwich, 1990), which has sold over 20,000 copies. This updated guide:
The most significant development in invitational theory and practice is the emphasis on the workers' parallel journey to becoming ethical. The book argues that such a parallel journey:
The book is organised in five parts, with four case studies being revisited throughout the book, from initial engagement through to restitution and couple or family restoration:
Large format. 208 pages. 978-1-905541-40-9. Published 2009. £22.95.
New developments in invitational practice
Violence, abuse and the politics of intervention
Violence, resistance and restorative practice
The politics of intervention
Becoming ready for the journey: an invitational paradigm
Enabling ethical practice
Attending to ethical possibilities
Addressing abusive behaviour
Principles and practices for group intervention
Overview: a restorative project
An itinerary for the journey
Preparing an itinerary for facing up
Naming practices: the nature and effects of abuse
Externalising practices: mapping and resisting pathways towards abusive behaviour
Practices for demonstrating respect
Broadening the journey: a relationship and family and community context
A context for relationship counselling
Invitational practice in situations of abuse
Reciprocal couple violence: respecting difference
Collaborative evaluation on the journey
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alan Jenkins is a counsellor, consultant and trainer, and has been working for 25 years in the field of therapeutic intervention with men and boys who have engaged in violence and abusive behaviour. He conducts training workshops and seminars in the UK, North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He is the author of Invitations to Responsibility (Dulwich, 1990), and contributed the chapter Knocking on Shame's Door: Facing Shame Without Shaming Disadvantaged Young People Who Have Abused to Martin C. Calder's Children and Young People who Sexually Abuse (RHP, 2005).
"Intervention practices must move beyond attempts to coerce, confront or educate a seemingly unwilling or unmotivated man...
"(This book) explores new ways of relating to these men... "Intervention is seen in terms of power relations and practices within families and communities, and within the institutional, statutory and therapeutic settings in which men participate." ChildRIGHT.
"A practical guide for professionals...proposes a refreshing new perspective...thought provoking
"Group working and principles are clearly set out, and there are insightful, helpful templates for couple working. Work is illustrated with case studies, assessment and behaviour inventory tools. Comprehensive research sources are a bonus.
"This is an intriguing read...It will be definitely be added to my library of must have books." Addiction Today.
"Alan Jenkins has written several books on legal and ethical counselling practice that are arguably seminal texts for all counselling practitioners. Becoming Ethical is another leader in the field, for practitioners who work with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
"The text extends Jenkins's wisdom regarding ethical relationships, towards the development of a restorative position for abusers that can lead to a sense of integrity. Jenkins achieves this by breaking away from prevalent, limiting notions and explanations of male violence as expressions of fixed identity or reflections of a dominant cultural ideology...
"Becoming Ethical leads the reader through a journey of discovery - from denial, acceptance, description and shame, to restitution. This is skilfully achieved by use of four case studies, in which quotes are presented from each participant that support the purpose and value of such development for both participant and practitioner. Jenkins invites the reader to reflect on and question their own responses: as he points out, the ethical journey is a parallel process for both therapist and abuser...
"Becoming Ethical illustrates the importance and power of restorative therapy, and I recommend it as a 'must read' for practitioners who work with issues relating to domestic abuse." Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal.
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