Much focus is put on wife and children abuse leaving the male abuse issue largely ignored. The society at large cannot conceive how a man usually much bigger than a spouse can be physically abused. The truth of the matter is that men and women are physically and mentally abused in the heterosexual and homosexual community. Male physical abuse is a topic ignored by society, the law enforcement, and family alike. Furthermore, because of social stigma, many men are afraid of ridicule when they call the police for help. They usually avoid talking about their situation to family, co-workers, and friends as well.
The McGill Domestic Violence Clinic in Montreal is a state of the art facility which provides services to individuals in need of counselling in regards to domestic abuse. The McGill Violence Clinic is a major player in mental health domain.
The clinic includes services for the families and social networks extending services to the victims and families. The McGill Domestic Violence Clinic also provides an internship for Master’s level Social Work students wherein they learn to understand the complexity of working with family violence as well as how to implement strategies used to help the perpetrators take ownership of their behaviour. The clinic also teaches students how to work with the survivors of this abuse. The clinic has been in operation for over 35 years.
The McGill Domestic Violence Clinic is headed by Tom Caplan and his team of professionals who teach and employ the latest innovative and effective therapies and intervention strategies. The focus of the center is group and individual therapy, though couple and family therapy is also offered. The graduate interns work with men, women, their partners, and the families where appropriate.
Caplan trains the students using a therapeutic strategy he created (Needs ABC Model (Caplan, 2008, 2010 -see: www.needs-abc.com). The Needs ABC Model is an integrated relational, emotion focused, needs-based approach and espouses a pro-feminist ideology.
Graduate students are trained in intake and screening, and psychotherapeutic techniques. All permanent clinicians (which includes those at the Montreal Anger Management Centre which Tom Caplan also directs) have a minimum of a master’s degree in their respective fields of study as well as experience in the field before enrolling at clinic. This level of professionalism sets the program apart from many other violence clinics and therapeutic resources in the area.
Men who are physically abusive
The clinic is open year round extending therapy for men who are physically abusive; providing therapy and anger management skills training as well talk therapy. The clinic operates on a sliding fee scale.
Family and group services are also provided on a sliding fee scale. The mandate of the clinic is to reach individuals, couples, and groups, regardless of their financial situation.
Free individual and groups counselling is provided for emotionally and physically battered women survivors during the school year.
An interview with Tom Caplan will follow
Tom Caplan, MSW
5845 Cote des Neiges