ADVIP Podcasts

Since the advent of intimate partner violence perpetrator treatment programs, also known as BIPs, in the late 1970’s, a wealth of clinical and research knowledge has been accumulated. Unfortunately, until the creation of the Association of Domestic Violence Programs, front-line treatment providers and research scholars lacked a common place where they could share information and experience in order to advance evidence-based practice and lower rates of IPV in our communities. We now offer, in addition to our blog pages, another means by which to share this wealth of information, a series of podcasts featuring ADVIP founder John Hamel in conversation with treatment providers and some of the world’s most renowned researchers.  

If you are a mental health professional, victim advocate, policy-maker, attorney, educator, or anyone else interested in domestic violence, please enjoy the available podcasts and feel free to navigate throughout our website and read any of the numerous scholarly journal articles available. You may also want to consider joining our organization, to participate in our online blog and listen to all of the podcasts in our series. To join ADVIP, just go to our home page and click on the JOIN ADVIP link at the top. Your membership dues make these podcasts possible, pay for website maintenance, and help fund our international conferences.

ADVIP MEMBERS:  To listen to ADVIP-only podcasts, use the same default password you were given when you joined our organization.  If you need a reminder, contact John Hamel at

Title: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Treatment in IPV Intervention: The Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs.
Guest: John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW. - John has conducted and supervised BIPs since 1992 in the San Francisco Bay Area, He is the author of several articles and books, including Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition: Evidence-Based Solutions and is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Partner Abuse.

Podcast #2   (MEMBERS ONLY)
Title: The Role of Attachment in Understanding and Treating Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators
Guest: Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D., LMFT. - Daniel has a private practice in Sausalito, California. He is a pioneer in the field of batterer intervention, having published one of the first research-based manuals for men’s offender groups; and, along with Donald Dutton, has developed cutting-edge treatment models that consider the role of shame and insecure attachment in perpetrator treatment.

Title: Intimate Partner Violence in Latin America: Research Findings and Implications for Intervention and Policy
Guest: Esteban Eugenio Esquivel Santovena, Ph.D. - Esteban is a research scholar at Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Administracion Universidad Autonona in Juarez, Mexico. His research interests include intimate partner violence in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Podcast #4  (MEMBERS ONLY)
Title:  The Strength at Home Program:  An evidence-based intervention for veterans
Guest:  Casey Taft, Ph.D. - Casey conducts research on intimate partner violence at the National Center for PTSD, and is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Title:  IPV and Substance Abuse:  Strategies for Effective Intervention
Guest: Ronald Potter-Effron, Ph.D., MSW. - For many years, Ron has been clinical director of the First Things First program in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  He has written numerous books on the topics of anger management, domestic violence, and addictions, and he is a pioneer in the use of family therapy for families experiencing domestic violence, as well as using brain research for clinical applications.  His latest hook is Healing the Angry Brain. 

Title: Working with Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence
Guest: Clare Cannon, Ph.D. - A graduate of Tulane University, Clare is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis. She has written on feminism, the environment, and intimate partner violence within LGBTQ communities.

Podcast #7   (MEMBERS ONLY)
Title:  The Fathers for Change Program
Guest:  Carla Stover, Ph.D.

Title:  Interventions with Couples
Guest:  Sandra Stith, Ph.D - Sandra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a professor at Kansas State University.  Her research on IPV has been published in numerous peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and she is the author or co-author of four books.  Her 2011 book, Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence:  Finding Safe Solutions, is considered the definitive text on this topic.  It is published by the American Psychological Association.

Podcast #9   (AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE)    
Title:  Best Practices in IPV Treatment and the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence
Guest: Robert Geffner, Ph.D.  - Dr. Geffner is Founder and President of the Family Violence and Assault Institute in San Diego, a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a founding member of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. He is the editor or co-editor of several peer-reviewed journals, and has co-edited numerous books on family violence and child maltreatment.

Podcast #10  (MEMBERS ONLY)
Title:  Parental Alienation as Emotional Abuse and Control
Guest:  Jennifer Harman, Ph.D. - Dr. Harman is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Her areas of specialization include application of social psychological theories to underrepresented populations, power in intimate relationships, family violence, and parental alienation (PA). Her PA research findings have been published several peer-reviewed journal articles. Contact:

Podcast #11 (MEMBERS ONLY)
Title:  An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to IPV Perpetrator Treatment Groups, Part One:  Research and Theory
Guest:  Erika Lawrence, Ph.D. - Dr. Lawrence is currently a research professor in the department of psychology at Northwestern University, and is also Director of Translational Science at that university’s Family Institute. After obtaining her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UCLA, she completed her clinical psychology internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. Since then, Dr. Lawrence has conducted several research projects on intimate partner violence. She works with high-conflict couples in her clinical practice, and her current focus is on developing evidence-based treatment for IPV offenders, using principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  She can be reached at

Podcast #12 (MEMBERS ONLY)
Title:  An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to IPV Perpetrator Treatment Groups, Part Two:  Treatment
Guest:  Erika Lawrence, Ph.D. - (see bio in Podcast #11)

Title:  The evolution of domestic violence intervention policies:  Advocacy, research, and mental health perspectives – Part One
Guest:  Shelly Wagers, Ph.D. - Dr. Wagers has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering educational classes, workshops, and seminars in the areas of the prevention of interpersonal violence. The specific focus of her research and experience is on helping people understand the internal motives behind their behaviors, and how these can either enhance or obstruct their interpersonal relationships at home and in their career. Dr. Wagers collaborates with local providers and victim advocates to conduct on-going research concerning the effectiveness of domestic violence programs and has provides trainings to providers in Virginia.

Title:  The evolution of domestic violence intervention policies:  Advocacy, research, and mental health perspectives – Part Two
Guest:  Shelly Wagers, Ph.D. - (see bio in Podcast #13)

Title:  Working with Female Domestic Violence Perpetrators
Guest:  David Wexler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute, which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. Dr. Wexler has authored an internationally-recognized domestic violence treatment manual: the newly revised and updated The STOP Program—Fourth Edition, released by W.W. Norton in March 2020. More than 50,000 domestic violence offenders have now been treated in the STOP Program.  Dr. Wexler has trained thousands of community professionals, military personnel, and law enforcement officials through extensive training seminars on The STOP Program model throughout the world. He has also recently published the ground-breaking STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016). To contact Dr. Wexler or other RTI faculty about professional training or consultation, please go to the RTI website at or contact him directly at

Title:  Rethinking the Gender Paradigm in Domestic Violence Treatment
Guest:  John Hamel, Ph.D. (Interviewed by Keith Sutton, Ph.D.

Podcast Contents: Domestic violence often leads a therapist to determine that couples therapy is "contra-indicated", which may lead to treatment that could be helpful not being utilized. In this interview, John Hamel, PhD, LCSW discusses what the research tells us, and how his entry into the field of working with men who were domestically violent began with a model that was focused on men enforcing a patriarchy on women, but has evolved to consider the many ways that abuse manifests itself, from escalating conflicts fueled by poor impulse control and communication skills, to a pattern of domineering behaviors intended to control the partner, typically involving a personality disorder. John discussed how often men are vilified, and women are identified as helpless "victims", although the problem is much more complex. John explains how working with the couple together, the men individually, or in a group should be assessed, and that actually, working the couple may be a very effective means of repairing the couples' relationship and overcoming violence and anger problems.

John Hamel, PhD, LCSW has authored several books on domestic violence including Gender-Including Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, Family Interventions in Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner and Family Abuse: A Casebook of Gender-Inclusive Therapy, and is currently editing the upcoming book, Beyond the Gender Paradigm: A Legal Primer on Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence. John provides therapy, oversees an anger management program, is an expert witness, teacher, and author. He has published numerous books, chapters, and peer reviewed research on the topic of domestic violence. For more information, you can go to his website at: