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Conducing Batterer Intervention Groups During COVID-19 Crisis

Here in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, most batterer intervention programs have been suspended, at least for the next 3 weeks, due to the Corona virus epidemic. We providers are all scrambling to figure ways to serve our clients, keep victims safe, and stay healthy during this difficult time. Some of us have started, or are about to start, videoconferencing. Others are continuing to hold groups in person, when there are less than 10 per group, and taking preventative steps such as having clients wash their hands before coming to group, etc.
How are the rest of you coping with this crisis?

2020 ADVIP International Conference

This year, by popular demand, ADVIP will be holding its conference in San Diego, on August 29, 2020, at the La Jolla Hilton Hotel in the greater San Diego area, California, instead of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Registration is now open, and ADVIP members are allowed a substantial registration discount.  This year’s theme is “Perpetrator Treatment in the New Decade.” To get more information, and/or to register, just go to the ADVIP website, at www.domesticviolenceintervention.net, and click on the conference link on the home page.

An additional discount is available to those who are willing to volunteer at the event.  In particular, we will need individuals to help at the registration table in the morning.


Behavioral Skills Training Study

As a part of her doctoral program, Ms. Jessica Calixto, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will be conducting a research study to examine the effects of using Behavior Skills Training (BST) to teach therapists working with batterers to identify what maintains behavior. BST is a process that involves instruction, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback. It is used for skill training purposes; teaching individuals new skills. This letter is to ask for your voluntary participation in this study to receive online BST to learn a new skill that you may use during your therapy sessions. It will be used to increase your ability to identify what maintains the behaviors listed. The study will take place during work hours in which our office site has agreed to partake in these online trainings for a minimum of one online training per week through an online video call with Ms. Calixto. The call will last around 30 minutes and up to no more than one hour. No more than one session will be provided per week. The study will take 6-weeks to complete and be conducted entirely online, starting within 7 business days from the returned consent form. There will be no in-person meetings conducted. All sessions will be video recorded.

If you answer “Yes” to each of the questions below, and would like to volunteer to participate in this research, please contact Ms. Jessica Calixto, by using the email provided below.

Do you hold a therapeutic role (currently/previously) working with batterers of domestic disputes?
Do you have little to no current training of functional assessments?

Thank you for your time to review this letter and consider participating in this study. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Jessica Calixto, BCBA, doctoral student; or Dr. Jansz-Rieken, BCBA-D, thesis chair. Contact information is provided below.
Jessica Calixto, BCBA, jcalixto@ego.thechicagoschool.edu
Dr. Jansz-Rieken, BCBA-D, cjansz@thechicagoschool.edu

Alternative Behavior Choices – Evidence Based Batterer Intervention

I am pleased to announce that my Alternative Behavior Choices Program for batterer intervention has been deemed “evidence-based” by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, at:  https://www.cebc4cw.org/program/alternative-behavior-choices-abc/

The Alternative Behavior Choices curriculum is currently used by dozens of agencies throughout the United States.  The Client Workbook and Facilitator Manual are avaialble at www.JohnHamel.net.  Just go to the bottom of the home page and click on the link at the bottom, where the ABC book cover is located.

If you want to know more about ABC and the evidence base upon which it was designed, contact me at johnmhamel@comcast.net


Your Feedback on ADVIP Podcast Series

For nearly two years now, I have been fortunate to having conducted numerous interviews with some of the world’s most respected IPV researchers.  These interviews are available for all ADVIP members for free as part of our podcast series.

I would love your feedback on these podcasts.  Soon, I hope to make some of them available on iTunes and other platforms, and it would be good for marketing purposes if I could get some endorsements.

So, what are some of your favorites?  Please share your thoughts with the rest of us!


John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW

2019 ADVIP/UC Davis/Tulane University Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment Suvey

I am pleased to announce that preliminary results of our recent nationwide survey of domestic violence perpetrator treatment programs (what many of us call batterer intervention programs, or BIPs), are now available on the ADVIP website.  These preliminary findings were presented by myself, John Hamel, and my colleague, Clare Cannon from U.C. Davis, at the recent IVAT conference in San Diego.

Our findings are, on the whole, quite positive, and show that there is a much greater approval among providers for evidence-based practice than ever before, even among practitioners of Duluth and other gender-based approaches.  There also appears to be a great deal of approval for what we, at ADVIP, are trying to do in terms of disseminating up-to-date research.

Just go to www.domesticviolenceintervention.net and click on the survey results link on the home page.

IVAT San Diego 24th International Summit and BIP Survey Results

The 24th International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma is scheduled for September 5th through September 8th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, just outside San Diego.  This is the largest annual IPV-related conference in the world, and well worth attending.  I have presented there numerous times.  In contrast to the International Family Violence & Child Victimization Conference, held every two years in New Hampshire, where our own ADVIP conference also meets and which is primarily attended by researchers, the San Diego conference is attended mostly by front-line practitioners, including BIPs and victim advocates.

Notice!  Two ADVIP members, myself and Clare Cannon of U.C. Davis, will be presenting on Saturday, September 7, with preliminary results from our recent BIP survey, which includes information about our organization!  For more information, and/or to register, go to:  https://www.ivatcenters.org/san-diego-summit


Research to Policy

Dear ADVIP Members:

I just received this invitation from a researcher at the University of Alabama.

My name is Jenna and I work with Taylor Scott at the Research to Policy collaboration. https://www.research2policy.org/participating-researchers
We are currently working to expand our network of researchers to help us respond to congressional interests in domestic violence. We work to connect researchers to congressional staff based on shared interests and knowledge areas. As a part of this, we pair and prepare — including trainings and hands-on coaching and guidance on how to work with policymakers.
I am writing to you to see if you would be willing to send an email on our behalf to your domestic violence research group?
Please let me know if this is something you would be willing to do or if you have any questions!
Thank you!
Jenna Reardanz, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Research-to-Policy Intern
The University of Alabama
Department of Psychology
IDD Research | Peer Relations Research

Call for Papers – Program Descriptions and Case Studies Needed

Dear ADVIP Colleague:

The peer-reviewed journal Partner Abuse (https://www.springerpub.com/partner-abuse.html) offers cutting-edge research on abuse between dating, married and cohabitating partners, and features articles on innovative, promising treatment programs. We are especially interested in securing clinical case studies with perpetrators, victims or both, that illustrate in greater detail how your treatment approach works with a particular individual or family. Case studies bring what might otherwise be dry information to life, helping the clinician to integrate research and intervention and better understand the treatment process

We accept case studies involving male and/or female clients in individual, group, couples or family therapy, or any combination. If you are interested in submitting a case study, please let me know. Submission guidelines are attached.

You can send submissions by going to: https://www.editorialmanager.com/pa/default.aspx


John Hamel, LCSW
Editor-in-Chief, Partner Abuse