Recordings from the 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

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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. Some states, such as Colorado, have already established evidence-based guidelines for assessment and intervention, but most others have not, and 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 the video is to shed light on these issues, so that stakeholders work together to make batterer intervention more accountable and effective.

In the video, John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, presents his 8-hour STC-approved training to an audience of certified batterer intervention providers in Oakland, California. The video is divided into 5 parts, and runs for a total of approximately 6 hours.

This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course presenter, John Hamel, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education to LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (#71799). John Hamel maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


Part One: Batterer Intervention Today

  • Performance objectives
  • Discussion: Definitions of DV
  • Prevalence rates of physical and non-physical abuse
  • Discussion: Motives for perpetration
  • Risk Factors

Part One: Batterer Intervention Today (Conclusion)

  • DV offender types
  • Primary treatment models
  • Controversy, mistrust and challenges

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
  • RNR model

Part Three: Finding Common Ground

  • Working within a one-size-fits all curriculum
  • Overlap across treatment models
  • Peer versus therapist group facilitation
  • Discussion: How do people change?
  • Engaging clients
  • Psychotherapy outcome studies: Lessons for BIPs

Part Four: Moving Forward

  • Discussion: The group format
  • Research on group counseling
  • Insights from facilitators and clients
  • Future BIP research directions
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations for facilitators
  • Recommendations for Probation


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 (


You can watch Part Two:  Evidence-Based Practice at no cost.  Contact John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW at for instructions.


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