Group Counseling • Group Intervention • Domestic Violence Prevention • Domestic Violence Perpetrators • Communication Skills
The Beliefs & Skills program offers a comprehensive curriculum for perpetrators of domestic violence. Sessions meet two hours each week for a minimum of 24 weeks. Participants examine beliefs used to justify violence, confront denial or minimization of violent behavior, learn to take responsibility for their actions, practice positive communication skills, and create healthier, safer relationships. Beliefs and Skills meets DHS Partner Abuse Intervention Protocol criteria for court mandated domestic violence treatment.
Clients who successfully complete the intervention are eligible to participate in the free aftercare programs, Real Men Advancing Peace (RealMAP) for men and Sisters Peace Circles for women. These groups offer continuing support and accountability, mentoring opportunities, and training to work with staff and community partners on outreach and awareness activities.
-Most clients are mandated to participate by the Adult Probation and Social Service Departments of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Referrals from other sources (e.g., DCFS, social service agencies, other local courts), as well as self-referrals, are also accepted.
-For adults ages 18 and over. Seventeen year old clients are accepted if assessed as appropriate for adult services.
-Clients must admit they have engaged in abusive behavior in an intimate relationship and want to change their behavior.
-The fee for the initial assessment will be determined and must be paid prior to your appointment.
-Sliding scale payments are based on monthly income and necessary expenses. The full fee is $95 per hour ($190) for the initial assessment and $75 per group session. Fees may be as low as $30 per hour ($60) for the initial assessment and $15 per group session.
-There is one group for Spanish speaking men.
- Services provided on a sliding scale
- Adults accepted
How to Apply
Call (312) 265-0206 to schedule an assessment. Assessments are available by appointment during business hours at the main office and Englewood office, Monday and Tuesday at the Englewood office, and Monday evenings at Santa Teresa Episcopal. The assessment is a structured, private and confidential biopsychosocial interview to determine your treatment needs. Please allow 2.5 hours to complete the assessment. You must bring the following to your appointment:
-Government issued ID (state ID, driver's license, or passport)
-If self referred, any information you would like considered
If you are requesting sliding scale fees, you must bring documentation of your income and expenses, such as:
-Last three pay stubs, if available
-Printout from Social Security office detailing earnings statement
-Documentation of expenses, including rent/mortgage, utilities, child support, child care, and other fixed monthly expenses
-Documentation of other sources of income
If you are found eligible for services, you will be scheduled to join a group. New members are integrated into groups during the third week of each month. For your first group session, you must arrive 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to the group start time to attend a one hour orientation session (e.g., arrive at 4:15pm for a group starting at 6:00pm). For subsequent sessions, please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.
Limited case management and assistance with emergent needs identified during the assessment are available.
The group schedule is as follows:
-Western Avenue: Men Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pmThursday 6:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm; Women Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm
-Englewood: Men Wednesday, or Saturday 10:00am-12:30pm, Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm; Women Thursday 9:30am-11:30am
-Santa Teresa Episcopal*: Spanish speaking Men Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Chicago, IL 60612
Chicago, IL 60621