Workshop Details

Alternatives to Violence, is an educational program, for women and men that helps the individual better recognize their emotion of anger. Anger awareness is key to anger management and when addressed effectively can prevent hurtful behaviors.

Alternatives to Violence of Mendocino County, also known as Men’s Alternatives to Violence is a 52 week certificated Batterer’s Intervention Program. This program has been approved by and certified as a provider by Mendocino County Probation Department. The program has also been approved as a qualified Abusive Behavior prevention and intervention as well as an Anger Management source for Mendocino County’s Health and Human Services Agency – Family and Children’s Services Department. Other referring agencies include, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Ukiah Community Center, California Conservation Corp, Superior Court of Mendocino County and self-referrals. In addition to the 52 week mandate program, we also offer modified components of the program from 12 week to 32 week variations which includes Anger Awareness/Anger Management techniques.

Difficulties and challenges in our lives cause us to worry, experience anxiety, become overly stressed, feel fearful, feel guilty, or become depressed. A.T.V./M.A.V. considers these conditions and works to help the individual understand how these may contribute to feelings of anger.

ATV/MAV is a member of The Domestic Violence Council of Mendocino County and is a provider of curriculum for other service providers in the county.

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Who is the Instructor?

My name is Santiago Simental. I have been a resident of Mendocino County since 1981 and first started my work with Domestic Violence intervention programs after completing the program myself back in November of 1990. After completing my mandated sessions, I was asked by one of the program facilitators if I would be interested in helping them develop a Spanish curriculum of the program. After completing the Spanish program outline and curriculum I was asked to help deliver the program to the first Latinos who were enrolled. It was a very interesting challenge, as I had not done this type of work before. For what ever reason it seemed a lot easier than I had originally imagined and I was off and running with Mendocino County’s first Spanish delivered Domestic Violence Intervention/Prevention program.

I became very at ease with the facilitation process and I was soon asked if I would be interested in working with the English program as well. At first I felt a little intimidated but then soon again I became quite comfortable working with these groups as well. I received my certification as a Batterer’s Intervention Program Facilitator in 1992. Since those days I have delivered this program to hundreds of men who were mandated by some form of the criminal system or other county services agencies. Today I have six groups provided by Men’s Alternatives to Violence, also known as Alternatives to Violence of Mendocino County.