I've considered doing some Aikido instruction with the Domestic Violence perpetrators that are my clients. My own caseload consists of those that have already been terminated from other agencies for various (usually negative) reasons.
I agree that the combination of mind and body coordination , movement, physical exercise, and meditation would be a wonderful way to introduce a new path of efficacy without dissension. This is so powerful once it gets through to someone.
My constraint oriented mind tells me that some difficulties might be worth considering. Are you insured for this type of intervention? Do you plan to integrate the clients into a regular class, or work with them as a separate group. Also, there is the danger that the more anti-social of the clients may just see this as a battlefield, and not get the mental/spiritual part, thus engaging in more and more escalation of "fighting mind".
Since this would be a voluntary part of treatment, it might circumvent some of the above concerns.
I'd be interested in hearing in more detail what you have in mind.
Marc Hess, LCSW
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