Strength Through Emotions Management

STEM is a specialized program designed for men who are angry and abusive in their relationships with women. Although anger management is one facet of the work in the STEM program, abusiveness is a much broader issue. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional, sexual or verbal, the ongoing safety of the victim takes precedence in all program services.

  • Confidential initial assessment includes a full mental health screening, ,,,,,,,,,     a substance abuse/dependence screening, and a risk of violence evaluation.
  • Initial, individual sessions focus on developing motivation and expectation for change, clarifying the course of treatment, providing basic tools and definitions used in the group, and clarifying client and therapist responsibilities.
  • Clients presenting with psychiatric disorders are encouraged  to schedule additional individual psychotherapy sessions instead of, or in addition to group. This has historically been a very small percentage of STEM clients. Seriously and persistently mentally ill adults are generally not appropriate for the STEM group and other treatment options are discussed.
  • The STEM group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30.
  • Twenty-six weeks of group involvement is required for court-mandated clients. The same minimum is recommended for self-referred clients.
  • Regular attendance is expected, but the reality of unanticipated absences for urgent work, health, or family matters is recognized and respected.
  • The STEM program is committed to cooperation with other involved agencies, offices, and systems, in the development of a coordinated community response to domestic violence.
  • Health insurance generally covers the evaluation process and treatment of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. The STEM group itself is not covered by health insurance as abusiveness is not a clinical disorder or health problem.
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