Contact Information: R.J. Bishop Leah Gravitz Emerge Program Facilitator Executive Director 423-509-1369 706-638-1555 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
About the class: Emerge is a group class that is 24 sessions long and addresses many issues associated with family violence. The class is for men only at this time and will be held every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm at the Lafayette Four Points office. Participants should arrive by 6:15pm to make payment and sign in. An intake/screening assessment is required for every participant before being accepted into the program. The participants must agree to follow the very structured program guidelines in order to be accepted into the class. Emerge is one of the many programs that Four Points, Inc. offers to the community. The program is certified and monitored by the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence and follows their rules and guidelines. Classes are only being offered in person at this time, but that is subject to change depending on external factors that the pandemic brings. Participants will be responsible for payment for both their intake and for each of the 24 classes. There is a sliding scale to determine payment so indigent and lower income individuals will pay less than full price. The curriculum being used in the class is Men at Work. The group will use that curriculum as a guide during group sessions to expand their understanding of violent behavior, the impact of violent behavior on their loved ones, identify the "why" of their behavior, and identify healthier paths moving forward. The goal of Emerge is to create an honest and accepting environment for men to explore and express the emotions they may not otherwise have space for due to societal expectations.
What referral sources should know: We welcome those that are ordered by the Court and by probation and parole to participate in this class. We will also welcome others as space allows. If you refer an individual to us, you will receive periodic reports on the individual's participation and other important markers such as termination from class or completion. We will not give a certificate to the individual upon completion of the class, however, they will receive a letter that details that they completed the 24 sessions. All participants are required to furnish us with the names and contact information of past and present victims. That information is provided to our Victim Liaison who will contact and work with the victim through the duration of the time that the participant is in the program and beyond as needed. Not all referrals will be accepted due to space constraints or because the individual is determined to not be a good fit. They may be determined to not be a good fit for reasons such as an unwillingness to participate meaningfully or an unwillingness to cooperate with the program guidelines. If this happens, you will be notified. We only have one facilitator and she can have up to 8 participants in each class. The classes are offered on a rolling basis so participants may join at any time as long as there are enough sessions left before any break in class sessions occur.