2-Day Domestic Violence Seminar

Evidence-Based Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse:
A Workshop for Mental Health Professionals, Batterer Intervention Providers and Victim Advocates

Presented by:  John Hamel,  Ph.D., LCSW  •  johnmhamel@comcast.net  •  www.JohnHamel.net
16 CEUs available for MFTs, LCSW’s and BIPs (California PCE 3921)

(1 Day Seminar Also Available)

First Day

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 10:30
Current Models of Partner Abuse Policy and Treatment

  • Definitions of abuse
  • Show short film of classic male abuse perpetration
  • Overview of the current paradigm
  • Paradigm strengths and limitations
  • Show short film of female abuse perpetration

10:30 – 12:15
Research, Part I

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Physical abuse prevalence rates
  • Exercise:  Which is Worse?
  • Sexual and emotional abuse and control
  • The context of abuse:  Unidirectional vs. bidirectional
  • The context of abuse:  Motivation and initiation

12:15 – 1:15

1:15 – 3:15
Research, Part II

  • Partner abuse in ethnic minority and LGBT populations
  • Partner abuse worldwide
  • Risk factors
  • Show short film featuring Joe Torre
  • Impact of abuse on victims and families

3:15 – 5:15

  • Research on risk assessment
  • Diagnostic considerations
  • Handout and Exercise:  Who’s the Dominant Aggressor?
  • Exercise:  What is the Well-Intended Motive?
  • Perpetrator typologies
  • Handout:  Assessment Protocol and Questionnaires

5:15 – 5:30


Second Day

8:30 – 10:30
Treatment Basics

  • Research on Prevention and Treatment
  • The evolution towards evidence-based practice
  • Handout and Exercise:  Who’s the Victim and Who’s the Perpetrator?
  • A systemic, evidence-based approach
  • Goals in perpetrator treatment
  • Basic treatment options
  • Phases of treatment
  • Handout: Battering Dynamics; Exercise: Richie

10:30 – 12:15
Group Work with Perpetrators

  • Research on perpetrator treatment
  • Results of Hamel & Buttell national survey
  • Proposed standards for mandatory treatment
  • John Hamel & Associates:  Main features
  • Curriculum modules
  • Handout:  Facilitator Guidelines
  • Handout:  Client Workbook; Exercise:  Messages Send and Received

12:15 – 1:15

1:15 – 3:15
Working with victims

  • Research on victim interventions
  • Treatment emphasis
  • Five phases of intervention
  • Show short film of lesbian abuse
  • Working with underserved populations
  • Handout:  Victim safety plan and community resources

3:15 – 5:15
Family Interventions

  • Reasons and preconditions for couples and family therapy
  • Handout:  Mutual Abuse Dynamics
  • Couples therapy:  Phases I and II
  • Handout:  Fair Fighting Principles
  • Couples therapy:  Phase III
  • Family therapy
  • Handout and Exercise:  Family Therapy Case Studies

5:15 – 5:30

John Hamel

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, provides individual expert consultation to mental health professionals, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates and others on a variety of issues and topics related to family violence.

His consultation services and court testimony draw upon a broad knowledge of domestic violence research, including numerous original studies in the areas of treatment effectiveness and law enforcement responses, as well as twenty years of experience working with perpetrators and victims of family violence.

Since 2001, Mr. Hamel has consulted with defense attorneys and prosecutors throughout Northern California, and has provided expert witness testimony in both the criminal court and the family court. He has been retained in a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases, involving male and female perpetrators and victims as well as defendants in same-sex relationships


I am a criminal defense attorney in San Rafael, California, and have been working with John Hamel for many years in my domestic violence cases.

I have benefited from his trainings, have consulted with him regarding various cases, and regularly refer clients to his court-approved domestic violence perpetrator groups because his compassionate, evidence-based treatment approach is superior to the confrontational style used in other programs."

Gary Kauffman, Esq. 
San Rafael, CA