Throughout the year, WISE advocates lead classes for clients in Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties. Class topics include pattern changing, parenting and general group support.

Pattern Changing

Pattern Changing is a 14-week group course led by a WISE advocate in each of the three counties served by WISE. Pattern Changing is designed for survivors of domestic violence who are not currently in crisis. The curriculum is survivor-centered, and focuses on the power survivors possess to change the course of their lives. This focus is essential in helping survivors to build the energy and motivation they need to break out from negative patterns and relationships.

Advocates schedule Pattern Changing courses throughout the year. To enroll in a group, call the hotline at (231) 796-6600, and press 0 to speak to an advocate.

ACT Raising Safe Kids program

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, developed by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office, teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. This class is offered in 6- or 8-week sessions in a group led by a WISE advocate. ACT groups are offered in all three counties served by WISE.

To enroll in an ACT group, call the hotline at (231) 796-6600, and press 0 to speak to an advocate.

Alternatives to Violence (ATV): Batterer Intervention

WISE contracts with facilitators to run Alternatives to Violence. The curriculum provides a 26-session program for male participants interested in ending all forms of abuse to their families while providing them with the tools needed to change abusive behavior.

Classes are held in Newaygo, Mecosta and Osceola Counties. To register for classes in Mecosta and Osceola counties, call (231) 796-6600 ext. 121. In Newaygo County, call Angie at (989) 944-5735.