Session 6: Integrating Trauma and Shame Work with Men Who Batter

Egg Harbor, WI US
July 30, 2018 to July 31, 2018

Traditionally, programs for men who batter have not included a focus on their own victimization issues. Yet studies have shown that partner-violent men have insecure attachment issues more than non-partner violent men. One half or more have childhood trauma histories related to direct maltreatment and exposure to IPV. Such shame-based trauma causes problems with emotional regulation as well as in accessing conflict resolution skills.


This workshop provides an overview of treatment with men who batter and a rationale for the inclusion of shame-based trauma work with this population. Using group exercises and hands-on practice, detail about how shame-based trauma work can be integrated in treatment will be presented. Through interactive and experiential exercises, emphasis will be on understanding the trauma-shame connections from both a personal and professional perspective. Examples of shame-based treatment methodology, based in part on participant provided case examples, will provide a basis for discussion.

Monday Trigger warning; History of work with men who batter; Trauma/shame connection; Self-protections and shields; Guided imagery exercise; “Pare and Share” discussion; Group discussion

Tuesday The shame/violence connection; Integrating shame work; Practicing vulnerability; Shame self-affirmations; When to introduce shame work



Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

(1) Consider the role of shame-based trauma in men’s relationship violence

(2) Explore personal connections to shame issues as a method of deepening insight and practicing clinical assessment and intervention methods

(3) Incorporate a cognitive-behavioral process group model for integrating shame-based trauma work with abusers

(4) Discuss implications for outcome and longer-term treatment for Batterer Intervention Programs (BIP’s)


Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 8.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 8.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/30/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
07/31/2018 - 12:15pm
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877


Darald Hanusa, PhD, is a Senior Preceptor and Lecturer at the UW-Madison School of Social Work where he has taught since 1978. He is the founding member and past chair of the WI Batterers Treatment Providers Association and the Dane County domestic violence task force. Dr. Hanusa specializes in domestic violence with both perpetrators and survivors since 1980. He treats abusive men through the ATAM Program (Alternatives and Treatment for Abusive Men) and counsels survivors through the Midwest Domestic Violence Resource Center. He provides consultation and training to private and public agencies working with domestic and workplace violence.

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™   . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 8 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

APA Credit for Psychololgists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.

This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 8.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 8.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


Please login or register to take this course.

Registration prior to May 18, 2018 = $300 after May 18, 2018 = $350.00

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

Please note: A $15.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on registrations.