Live 8- Hour Course for Batterer Intervention Providers,  Mental Health Professionals, Victim Advocates and Probation

CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCs, and BIPs  *  STC-Approved in California

2019 Training Schedule

Recently, legislation has been proposed that would amend California PC 1203.097, the current statute that specifies how BIPs should be implemented and regulated, so that current interventions are more empirically sound, based on the best research evidence. The term “evidence-based-practice” has not always been clearly understood or defined, raising concerns among some victim advocates and intervention providers. The purpose of this 8-hour course is to shed light on these issues, so that stakeholders work together to make batterer intervention more accountable and effective.

At all locations, registration and check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. The training begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch scheduled between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.  

NEXT TRANINGS:  Southern California and Central Coast (locations to be announced.)
Additional trainings will be conducted in the Sacramento, Central, and San Francisco Bay Area regions of California.

Let us know if you are interested, so we can notify you of upcoming dates.  And let us know If your agency would like to host a training, to get a substantial registration discount.


8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Part One: Batterer Intervention Today

  • Performance objectives
  • Discussion: Definitions of DV, prevalence rates of abuse
  • DV research review, Part 1
  • Discussion: Motives for perpetration
  • DV research review, Part 2
  • Primary BIP treatment models
  • Controversy, mistrust, and challenges

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Part Two: Evidence-Based Practice

  • Discussion: What is evidence-based practice?
  • Problem of bias and subjectivity
  • Definitions
  • BIP outcome studies
  • Findings from national BIP survey
  • BIP standards recommendations
  • Discussion: The one-size-fits-all BIP group format
  • One size fits most?
  • RNR model

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Part Three: Finding Common Ground

  • Overlap across treatment models
  • Peer versus therapist group facilitation
  • Discussion: How do people change?
  • Engaging clients
  • Psychotherapy outcome studies: Lessons for BIPs
  • Discussion: The group format
  • Research on group counseling

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Part Four: Moving Forward

  • Insights from facilitators and clients
  • Future BIP research directions
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations for facilitators
  • Recommendations for Probation
  • Discussion: Implementing evidence-based practice within PC 1203.097


John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, has a Masters in Social Welfare from U.C.L.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Central Lancashire, U.K., and has worked with family violence perpetrators and victims since 1992, and is a court-approved provider of batterer intervention and parent programs in four San Francisco Bay Area counties. He is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition: Evidence-Based Approaches, (Springer, 20145); co-editor with Tonia Nicholls, PhD, of Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment (Springer, 2007); and editor of Intimate Partner and Family Abuse: A Casebook of Gender Inclusive Therapy (Springer, 2008.) Mr. Hamel has had dozens of his research articles published in various peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and is Editor-in-Chief of Partner Abuse, a journal published quarterly by Springer Publishing. He regularly speaks at conferences on domestic violence, has trained mental health professionals, victim advocates social service organizations, law enforcement, attorneys and family court mediators, and has provided case consultation and expert witness testimony. He is a founding member of the Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP), an organization of mental health professionals and researchers dedicated to evidence-based practice (


Cost of training: $150 per person (paid in advance) or $165 (same day registration). There is a discount for groups of 2-3 ($135 per person), and 4 or more ($125 per person), if paid in advance, at least 5 days prior to the training.

Advance registration: Use form below.Probation and other Agencies: Contact John Hamel if your department requires special handling for registration and billing.

For More Information, contact John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW * * (415) 472-3275

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