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Become a Drug Court Treatment Provider

Drug Court is the most exciting and fastest growing part of the many efforts of the criminal justice system and the treatment community to treat substance abuse. A whole new approach to how the courts approach individuals convicted of substance abuse offenses, Drug Courts work with clients—supporting them with regular and positive interventions in addition […]

The EX factors of facilitating effective groups of batterers and substance abusers

Success with court-referred clients Facilitating groups for court-referred clients can be hard work: The truth is, of course, that they are criminals, an indication that they may have lousy attitudes and rebel against authority — not qualities that make them stellar group members. But running groups can be enjoyable and rewarding. Many clients get with […]

Sources of Clients for Therapists

As therapists, we are often so consumed with our day-to-day practices that we fail to analyze the sources of our client base and our pattern of responses to them. Lynn Grodzki has been a mentor to many, providing insight into the machinations of referral sources while advocating that therapists make conscious decisions about their practices. […]

Why Worksheets for Men’s Domestic Abuse Groups Work

When you use client worksheets in domestic abuse treatment groups with court-referred clients, you provide opportunities for increased focus on topics, more interchange between the facilitator and group members, and individual as well as group exploration of thinking and behavior. Harm and Consequences of Domestic Violence In batterer intervention groups, your most important and most […]

A Brief History of Batterer Intervention

Domestic violence is probably as old as the human race. For much of human history, male violence against their partners was not only tolerated but sometimes even encouraged. In the 1960s and 70s the women’s movement focused attention on the lack of resources available to battered women. They also identified the lack of sanctions against […]

Get More Clients as the Courts Choose Less Jail and More Counseling

There’s a revolution in the criminal justice system: less jail and more counseling. The result of innovative programs such as Drug Court is a substantial increase of court-referred clients available to therapists and counselors. For many counselors who have struggled with creating successful counseling practices in this economic crisis, the increase in new clients is […]

Ten Things Not to Do when Building Your Therapy Business

Don’t advertise. One shot advertising is seldom successful and long-term advertising is always expensive. Don’t spend big bucks on business cards and letterhead. People do not decide on getting therapy at your shop on the basis of your printed materials. Don’t buy expensive furniture. Don’t buy cheap furniture. Don’t promote long-term therapy. Don’t take sides […]

Counseling in Troubled Times

In this time when people have lost money in their 401Ks and worry about losing their jobs, they get picky about how to spend their money. Counseling is less important than a redo of their spare bedroom for their unemployed son or even a trip to visit their cousins. As a therapist, you see your […]

Build Your Own Successful Practice Helping Court-Referred Clients

Twenty years ago, Janet Reno sparked a revolution when she initiated the first Drug Court in Dade County, Florida. Her revolutionary action was born out of frustration with recidivism and overcrowding in prison facilities. Since then, the revolution has spread, leading to a transformation in how the courts handle certain types of offenders. The concept […]