Our Programs

 
 

Partner Abuse Intervention
(Domestic Violence Classes)


Our Partner Abuse Intervention program meets North Carolina requirements for Batterer Intervention or Abuser Treatment. Participation in a program like this may be court-ordered after an individual is convicted of a domestic violence crime. Others may be referred by social services, their church, or themselves. This program aims to help participants:

  • Recognize and acknowledge harmful behavior they've practiced in relationships;

  • understand the impact of their behavior on their partners, their families, and themselves;

  • develop empathy for their partners and begin to make amends for harm they've caused;

  • learn how to communicate respectfully in relationships;

Partners and those who care about participants in our Partner Abuse Intervention program must recognize that patterns of abusive behavior in relationships are difficult to change. Participation in our program may not result in immediate, long-term, and/or wholesale change in coercive and controlling behaviors. Long-term improvement in behavior is more likely if a participant has a personal investment in making this change and does not expect rewards in the form of rekindled relationships, praise from partners, or other external recognition. 

Coordinated Community Response
Our work with those who've used domestic violence is conducted using a "coordinated community response" model. This means that we have ongoing and frequent contact with our clients' current partners as well as partners they've abused in the past. This contact ensures that survivors are connected with specialized advocacy and support services in the community and that everyone has reasonable expectations about the pace and prognosis for our clients' behavior change. Our coordinated response also means ongoing communication with probation/parole, the courts, and other professionals working with our clients. This model ensures that survivor safety is prioritized above all else and that our clients are connected with resources to address the various other needs they may present.

Group Types
Men's group
Spanish-speaking

Program Format & Fee
Intake fee -  $60
Each session - $15
Total - $450

Groups meet for 1.5 hours once/week for 26 weeks. Most groups meet in the evenings or on the weekends to accommodate work schedules of the participants. 

Enrollment
The enrollment process typically begins with a referral from the courts, social services, another community organization, or the participant. (Please complete our secure online referral form here.) Upon receiving the referral, Pathways to Change will contact the participant to schedule an intake appointment. This appointment typically last about 1.5 hours. Participants will leave this appointment knowing when and where the group meets and how much they will need to pay for each session.   

Availability

Durham Classes
Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Chapel Hill Classes
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Siler City Classes
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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Emotional Intelligence & Anger Management

Our Emotional Intelligence & Anger Management program offers participants an opportunity to explore triggers for their anger, discover the dynamics of social and emotional competence, and replace unhealthy behaviors and communication styles with respectful, controlled and assertive communication. 

Topics Covered

  • Definitions and myths about anger

  • The Anger Meter

  • Anger triggers and cues

  • Anger control plans

  • The Aggression Cycle

  • The Anger Log

  • Social and Emotional Intelligence

  • Cognitive Behavioral Triangle

  • The Conflict Resolution Model

  • Thinking errors

Program Format & Fees
We offer Anger Management in group sessions:

Group Sessions - Participants meet for 1.5 hours once/week for 12 weeks. 
Intake fee -  $75
Each session - $20
Total - $315

Ready to Enroll or Refer Someone?
Please complete our secure online referral form here. 

Availability

Durham Classes
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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Strong Fathers Program

Strong Fathers is for dads working to end the cycle of violence in their family. The program consists of 20 weekly sessions during which participants develop new tools for parenting and partnering in an environment of support, friendship, education, and growth.

Topics Covered

  • Exploring your past

  • Child development

  • Power and control in relationships

  • The impact of domestic violence on children

  • Managing thoughts & feelings

  • Shaping children's behavior

  • Parenting with your child's mother

  • Repairing relationships

Visit strongfathersprogram.org for more information, including links to evaluation reports and publications. 

Admission Requirements

  • Participants must have or be working toward some contact (custody or visitation) with their child/ren.

  • No past charges or current allegations of child sexual abuse

  • If a participant is required to complete a Batterer Intervention Program (Abuser Treatment), he must complete that program before enrolling in Strong Fathers or participate in both simultaneously.

Enrollment
The enrollment process typically begins with a referral from the courts, social services, another community organization, or the participant. (Please see secure online referral form here.) Upon receiving the referral, Pathways to Change will contact the participant to schedule an intake appointment. This appointment typically last about 45 minutes. Participants will leave this appointment knowing when and where the group will meet. 

Program Format & Fees
Group Sessions held each week for 20 weeks. 

Intake fee -  $40
Each session - $15
Total - $340

Availability

Durham Classes
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hillsborough Classes
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Siler City Classes
TBD

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Sentencing Plans

A "sentencing plan" is a written report that outlines a defendant's background and specific needs and identifies available resources that may meet these needs. This report is then provided to the sentencing judge along with any recommendations regarding sentencing.

Pathways to Change receives referrals for sentencing plans from public defenders, private attorneys, and other court personnel. Upon receiving a referral, our staff contacts the defendant and schedules an intake assessment. During this appointment, sentencing experts meet one-on-one with defendants to begin gathering information. Pathways staff then contact other service providers who may have worked with the defendant in the past to collect additional information and records. With this information, our staff develops a written report including recommendations regarding sentencing. Recommendations often include participation in mental health or substance abuse treatment, completion of a vocational rehabilitation program, or performance of community service. 

If you would like to initiate the sentencing plan process, please complete our secure online referral form here.

 
 

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS TO BENEFICIARIES

Pathways to Change operates its program, services, and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. No persons shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, religion, sex, gender identify, sexual orientation, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any of our programs.