Conflict is normal, violence is not. Conflict can be resolved without violence or abuse.
The acronym SAFE stands for SUPPORTIVE ALLIANCE FOR FAMILY EMPOWERMENT
To help men, women and youth learn how to prevent and stop violence and abuse and create the life they love without hurting other people. We strive to end Interpersonal Violence and Intimate Partner Violence and to promote holistic Wellbeing by providing compassionate individual and group treatment in a safe and supportive environment.
The SAFE MODEL
- Trauma-sensitive – helps clients to discover and address the root cause of their behaviors.
- Strength-focused – helps clients discover and build upon their inner resilience so they can sustain their success and wellbeing in the long-term.
- Sensitive, respectful, inclusive – considers the input, safety and dignity of all parties involved.
SUPPORTIVE ALLIANCE GOALS
- Teaches clients how to create and sustain physical and emotional safety.
- Help families and workplaces design and sustain safe and nurturing environments.
- Help clients to recognize and address their emotional wounds.
- Teaches clients to identify and address fears, sadness, shame and frustration without turning to anger and violence.
- Clients learn to replace ineffective behaviors with respect, caring, understanding, acceptance, trust and appreciation.
- Clients identify and transform maladaptive and ineffective thinking and behaviors.
- Provides a safe and supportive environment for group and individual work.
- Offers support for men, women and youth who are currently facing challenges, transitions and changes and for those who want to maintain a healthy emotional balance in their lives.
- Coordinates response to threats, violence and abuse with community stakeholders.
The process starts with an initial interview, followed by enrollment into an ongoing weekly men’s, women’s or youth group. Family sessions are conducted as needed, appropriate and safe. Not all cases are appropriate for family sessions.
The group sessions provide participants with a safe and supportive place to:
- Discuss and understand behavior
- Learn ways to correct abusive or unacceptable actions
- Learn conflict resolution, communication, interpersonal and emotional management skills
- Address the concerns and fears that precede their anger
- Give and receive constructive feedback
- Connect with others with similar stories
When and Where
- Individual sessions are scheduled by appointment.
- Group sessions are offered throughout the week. Please, call for current schedule of meetings and seat availablity.
- Initial interview (2 hours and program manual) – $100 per person.
- Batterer Intervention Program (court-mandated) group sessions – $47 per person, per session. Program duration mandated by Bucks County – 26 weeks.
- Anger Management (voluntary) group sessions – $45 per person, per session.
- Private Sessions – $80 per hour.
Referrals to SAFE are accepted from:
- Social service workers
- Youth or Adult Probation/Parole
- Community Organizations, Coaches, HR Professionals
- Family members
John Anthony Bochnowicz, SAFE Counseling Prorgam, Inc. Founder and Director holds an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, from the University of South Florida. He specializes in domestic violence intervention and prevention. Since 1982 John Anthony Bochnowicz has developed and ran domestic violence intervention programs in South Lake Tahoe, California, Reno, Nevada and Bel Air, Maryland. He has worked extensively with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and interpersonal violence. In 1994 John Anthony Bochnowicz launched the SAFE Counseling Program Inc., a domestic violence intervention program for men and women at The Peace Center, Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
Vera T. Tzenova-Bochnowicz, M.A., Co-Director and Group Facilitator holds a B.A. Degree in Political Science, M.A. Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and is certified in Traumatic Stress Studies, Teaching Yoga within the Criminal Justice System and Domestic Violence Risk Assessment. In addition she is a certified practitioner of Reiki Levels I and II. She believes that safety, tolerance and peace begin on an individual level. Therefore, she has chosen to work toward her vision of safe, connected and resilient families and communities by facilitating personal transformation and growth in her clients.
SAFE serves Bucks County and the larger Philadelphia area.
E-mail inquiries and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Anthony Bochnowicz, M.A., Director
Vera T. Tzenova-Bochnowicz, M.A., Co-Director & Facilitator
Office: 340 E. Maple Avenue, Suite 201
Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047
Additional information: www.SupportiveAlliance.com
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