Paul Wolf-Light has worked with male perpetrators of domestic violence since 1992, initially at the Everyman Centre in London, and since 1996 at Ahimsa in Plymouth. He has been Practice Manager at Ahimsa since 1996, responsible for the implementation and managing of the perpetrator programme. In addition to co-facilitating groups & working individually with clients, this has included the development and implementation of both individual and group work models.
Currently he provides clinical supervisor to 8 programmes in the UK and is one of the trainers of the Choices DVIP in Ireland. Member of the executive committee of Respect, UK, for 10 years. He was instrumental in the creation of the organization. He has written numerous articles on men and masculinity for Achilles Heel magazine and has contributed chapters to the books 'The Politics of Masculinity' edited by Michael Kimmel and 'Working With Men For Change' edited by Jim Wild.
His approach is seen by many as being on the cutting edge of work with perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. Paul has developed a programme for working with the men, anchoring the cognitive behavioural and feminist approach that the majority of programmes use, within an explicit emotional and feeling framework rooted in psychotherapeutic practise and certain spiritual practises for developing mindfulness and compassion.
In our conversation we will explore:
• The critical elements of good facilitation: working with the immediacy of process
• The catalysts for change in group or one-to-one work
• Gender Inequality, Male Gender Conditioning and Early Childhood experiences how do they influence men’s behaviour within intimate partner relationships
• Engaging with resistance in men; especially at the early stages of the referral to programmes
• The value of practises that come from spiritual traditions, e.g., mindfulness, in behaviour change programmes
• The future for this work with men and their partners or ex-partners.