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)

 

First Day

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration

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
Lunch

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
Assessment

  • 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
Wrap-up

 

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
Lunch

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
Wrap-Up