About

IMG_1508 (1)Alma Center History

The Alma Center, Inc. launched in 2004 as an evidence-based trauma-informed alternative to prevailing punitive methods of working with domestic violence offenders. Founded by Terri Strodthoff, PhD, the organization continues to use an innovative healing approach that recognizes domestic violence is a cycle, a cycle that can be broken.

For 13 years, the agency has worked with more than 5,000 men through a pioneering healing-focused approach, impacting the lives of more than 10,000 children. Alma Center’s community-based programming helps adult males with violent histories become caring fathers, partners, husband, and community advocates. A recent outcome study found that completion of AC’s core program, Men Ending Violence, is associated with an 86% decrease in repeat domestic violence offenses. In addition to measuring recidivism rates, we focus on the impact we have on individuals like James Cross, who was profiled by a local television station. Click to watch Part I and Part II.

In 2012 AC was identified in a national review as one of the top ten most promising and innovative programs in the country, and in 2014 AC received the prestigious Celebrating Solutions Award for innovation in DV prevention, selected by a panel of leading experts from more than 300 national nominees.  Dr. Strodthoff and staff are frequent presenters at local and national conferences on trauma-informed care and the Alma Institute offers training in healing-focused care cultural humility, motivational interviewing, and emotional wellness.