Writeup in OU Priority Magazine

This was a small writeup in the OU publication (Priority), released in June 2019, detailing the direction I’ve been taking in Knee Center for Strong Families. 
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(Updated) Model of Systemic Relational Violence

 (Updated) Model of Systemic Relational Violence

So in the past few years, during my research on differential criminogenic traits and female criminality, I have come across a recurring theme I cannot ignore. It involves a massive presence of violent and controlling relationships in the personal lives of criminal justice involved women. My interpretation of the data has led me to the development of the Model of Systemic Relational Violence to try to explain the phenomenon of domestic violence from a new perspective. I felt the need to expand the conversation in this way because some of the most widely recognized models used to explain domestic violence suggest the experience to be a cycle (tension building, explosion, and honeymoon phase, then repeat). In the cyclical model there are periods (the honeymoon phase) where there’s an absence of violence in the relationship. These perspectives also tend to focus on the physical acts as the primary mechanism(s) of violence in the relationship.

This is not what I have been seeing in my data. What I’m seeing is a constant, although fluctuating, expression of violence through emotional, psychological, and behavioral dominance and control where compliance is enforced through discreet incidents of physical assault and other more traditional markers of intimate partner abuse. What I am seeing is that what we have been framing, and what our societal interventions are set up to address, is just the tip of the iceberg.

I’m excited about this concept and I believe this could become a tool to help us further understand not only the experiences of relational violence, but also the importance of holistic intervention. I’m currently working to refine and validate the model and I’ll post updates as it’s development progresses.

The article I was interviewed for with The Atlantic

I was fortunate to be one of the many people interviewed by Olga Khazan for her piece Into the Body of Another. This work begins to tell the story of the complicated intersection of poverty, drug abuse, child welfare, and the criminal justice system for women and their children in Oklahoma. More specifically, issues surrounding fetal exposure to drugs and alcohol are discussed. Some pieces are cut and dried while others are much more nuanced. It’s an interesting read, at least to me, and so I thought perhaps others may like it too. Click below to check it out. ~damc

Click here to link to the article 

CSWE APM 17 – Female Sexual Offenders and the Need for Gender Specific Trauma Informed Treatment

Disclaimer: This is only the overhead portion of what was a presentation that provided far deeper contextual information related to a very complex topic. Please feel free to use this information in any way you can to inform conversations on the topic, however do so with caution, knowing that this information is not complete when taken away from the discussion that surrounded it. These transitions of images and words were only a backdrop for a more rich and nuanced conversation that took place at the conference. Thanks for your interest and feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to learn more about this area. ~damc

NOFSW 15 – Exploring Public Frustration, Media Manipulation and Data on Use of Force Related Fatalities in America: A Dialogue

A presentation from the 2015 National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference in Washington DC. 
Disclaimer: This is only the overhead portion of what was a presentation that provided far deeper contextual information related to a very complex topic. Please feel free to use this information in any way you can to inform conversations on the topic, however do so with caution, knowing that this information is not complete when taken away from the discussion that surrounded it. These transitions of images and words were only a backdrop for a more rich and nuanced conversation that took place at the conference. Thanks for your interest and feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to learn more about this area. ~damc

NOFSW 15 – The Influence of Coercive Control and Intimate Partner Violence on Women’s Pathways to Incarceration

A presentation from the 2015 National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference in Washington DC. 
Disclaimer: This is only the overhead portion of what was a presentation that provided far deeper contextual information related to a very complex topic. Please feel free to use this information in any way you can to inform conversations on the topic, however do so with caution, knowing that this information is not complete when taken away from the discussion that surrounded it. These transitions of images and words were only a backdrop for a more rich and nuanced conversation that took place at the conference. Thanks for your interest and feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to learn more about this area. ~damc

Oklahoma Study of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children 2014

Oklahoma Study of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children 2014

This is a copy of the initial report (with data prepared for the George Kaiser Family Foundation) based research I’ve had the privilege of joining to work on with Dr. Susan Sharp and Ms. Melissa Jones. This information is compiled from our trips to Oklahoma’s womens prisons and begins to tell the story of the experiences of the states incarcerated women and their children. Multiple additional products based on the data are under construction at this time. 

Off the Market

Here’s a video from a panel presentation I took part in with the “Off the Market: Putting and End to Human Trafficking” conference. The panel was on Strategies for Human Sex Trafficking Intervention.
Skip to minute 41 for my portion of the talk or watch the entire piece to learn about some incredible interventions taking place in the greater Oklahoma City area.

CSWE APM 2014 – Presentation on Multimodal Education and Using Art to Facilitate Student Processing on the Implications of Clinical Decision Making

@2014APM Presentaiton on Using Art & Multimodal Learning to Enhance Student Processing of Client Experiences

A few articles related to the topic.

Blazhenkova, O., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2008). The new object-spatial-verbal cognitive style
     model: Theory and measurement. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23(5), 638–663.

Blazhenkova, O., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2010). Visual-object ability: A new dimension of nonverbal
     intelligence. Cognition, 117(3), 276–301.

Gardner, H. (1998). Are there additional intelligences? The case for naturalist, spiritual,
     and existential intelligences. In J. Kane (Ed.), Education, information, and transformation
     (pp. 111–131). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill-Prentice Hall.

Groff, J.S., (2013). Expanding Our “Frames” of Mind for education and the arts. Harvard educational            
     review. 83(1) 15-39.

Hot off the press

Getting great Press! 

One of the many projects I’ve been working on lately is with a non-profit called Redeeming the Family. “The Messages Project” is a program where volunteers go into Oklahoma’s prisons and video-record prisoners reading books to their children. They then make a DVD of the recording, and book and video are mailed to child so that they can feel a sense of connection to their parent. The focus is to use literacy development as a mechanism to decrease stress and anxiety for children of incarcerated parents by helping them maintain appropriate familial relationships. My main role in the project has been to develop a system to quantify and measure multiple domains related to the state of the child’s well-being before, during, and after the program. We’ve been seeing some great results, and getting some great press.

 Click here for a link to a recent article about this in The Oklahoman.

CEU Understanding the Basics of Trauma Informed Practice – Resources

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