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 my new video, “Batterer intervention groups: Moving forward with evidence-based practice,” is to shed light on these issues, so that stakeholders work together to make batterer intervention In this video, I present my 8-hour STC-approved training to an audience of certified batterer intervention providers in Oakland, California. The video, based on the most recent empirical research as well as my 25 years conducting and supervising batterer intervention groups in California, is divided into 5 parts:
Part One: Batterer Intervention Today
Part One: Batterer Intervention Today (Conclusion)
Part Two: Evidence-Based Practice
Part Three: Finding Common Ground
Part Four: Moving Forward
The video is available for online viewing or download. Go to www.domesticviolencetrainings.org. You have the option of taking the optional quiz for 8 CEUs.
“John Hamel’s course, Batterer Intervention Groups: Moving Forward with Evidence-Based Practice, is an outstanding class on the treatment of male and female perpetrators of intimate violence. It includes 8 hours of video presentations on up-to-date research findings and their clinical applications. Every treatment provider should take this class and learn to increase the effectiveness of their treatment model.”
– Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D., MFT, Authot of Learning to Live Without Violence.
“This video is excellent and an ideal teaching tool. The video engaged me from the outset. It was easy to follow and had a good flow. I absolutely agree with so many of your points; in particular I am in agreement with the fact that evidence-based treatment is a collective experience, and requires cooperation among all stakeholders – including BIPs, victim advocates, researchers, and the judicial system.”
– Tom Caplan, Ph.D., LCSW, McGill University, Montreal.