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9/13/2019  |   1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Ballroom A & B

Batterer Intervention Groups: Moving Forward with Evidence-Based Practice

Previous outcome research found domestic violence perpetrator programs (BIPs) to be minimally effective in reducing rates of recidivism. Newer lines of research, which have examined specific treatment approaches across theoretical models, indicate that BIPs can be highly effective. These include Motivational Interviewing and other client-centered approaches, and interviews with BIP clients on group engagement. The presenter will review this research and discuss how treatment providers can use it to improve their program effectiveness, using examples from his Alternative Behavior Choices program in San Francisco.

John Hamel (Primary Presenter), John Hamel & Associates, johnmhamel@comcast.net;
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. He 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. Mr. Hamel is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition: Evidence-Based Approaches, (Springer, 2014); 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.) He also 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. Mr. Hamel 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 (www.domesticviolenceintervention.net).

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