“Alma Center: Working to Break the Cycle of Family Violence”
Presenter: Terri Strodthoff, Founder and Executive Director, Alma Center.
Consider the mantra, hurt people hurt people. Abundant research has long indicated that little boys who grow-up witnessing or experiencing domestic violence or other childhood adversity are significantly more likely to repeat this behavior themselves. Yet, when boys or men actually repeat the cycle through their own perpetration of violence or abuse, we often consider their background experiences to be irrelevant, or excuses to justify, blame or otherwise escape responsibility.
What difference would it make if we sincerely and authentically explored what happens in the lives of boys and men who hurt others, and shaped our intervention and support around their life stories and needs? This question is at the core of the Alma Center’s approach of Healing Focused Care. Dr. Terri Strodhoff will briefly discuss the background and introduce this approach to support hurt people in recovering their true self and ending the violence. For more information, visit: http://almacenter.org/about
Dr. Strodthoff has more than 25 years experience in the field of domestic violence, including program design and administration, evaluation and direct service delivery. Dr. Strodthoff received her PhD in political science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has co-authored articles and is a regular presenter and trainer for national and local audiences.
Host: Ann Batiza
Sunday Forum is a Sunday morning lecture series at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee that showcases provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education and more. The Forum — in Max Otto Hall on our second floor — begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Speakers give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. Coffee is served. Childcare is available.