Tools for Transformation

Tools for Transformation is an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge and develop new skills to meet the growing challenges of operating battering intervention programs and developing community accountability collaboration for addressing family violence offenders.

Sunday, April 13 – Monday, April 14, 2014

The Westin at the Domain
11301 Domain Drive
Austin, TX 78758


Event Highlights

This year’s conference will feature extraordinary and motivating plenary sessions from:


In her recently released book, Unclenching Our Fists: Abusive Men on the Journey to Nonviolence,  Sara Elinoff Acker draws on her many years of experience as a victim’s advocate and battering intervention group leader to document inspiring stories of men’s journeys to lead non-violent lives.  In her plenary session, Sara will present some stories of men she has worked with and discuss the common  denominators of their journeys to nonviolence.  Her workshop will provide an opportunity to dig deeper in understanding the stages of change and will explore interventions and approaches that can maximize the potential for change.  

Carlos Andrés Gómez challenges our thinking in his new book Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood.  Like many men in our society, Carlos grew up believing that he should be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects, and close off his emotional self. It wasn’t until he discovered acting that he began to realize the true cost of squelching one’s emotions—and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught.  In his plenary session, Carlos will urge men of all ages to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a goodman.


Important Pre-Conference Functions:

“Here Come the Bureaucrats” Presented by Jennifer King and Eduardo Montiel (TX-Criminal Justice Assistance Division)

This workshop will detail all the requirements of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD) Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) Accreditation. The focus will be on the Accreditation Renewal Process, the revisions to BIPP Accreditation Guidelines, and how to complete the BIPP Monthly Activity Report (MAR) required by CJAD. 

“Fostering Sexual Respect in BIPPs” Presented by Lee Giordano (Men Stopping Violence), Steven Halley (Family Peace Initiative) and moderated by Emiliano Deleon (TAASA) 

Join the discussion and learn how to foster sexual respect in your BIPP.  Leaders from the field of BIPP, family violence and sexual assault prevention will share innovative techniques on how to engage your participants in understanding the dynamics of sexual respect.  

2014 BIPP Conference Agenda Click to view the entire agenda. 


Conference Registration

Registration is full.

For more information, please contact Roy Rios at or 512-685-6306.



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