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:

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  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


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

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:


Free Domestic Violence Webinar

I was recently invited by the Association of British Social Workers to participate in a webinar on domestic violence prevention and treatment.  We discussed a variety of topics of interest to ADVIP members.  The approximately 90 minute webinar is now available for free to anyone who is interested.  Go to:

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW

New Podcasts – Free to ADVIP Members!

Two new posts have been added to the list of free podcasts for Fall, 2018.  If you were not already aware about these podcasts, here is the complete list so far.  As an ADVIP member, you have access to all of them.  Just use the password that you were given when you joined our organization.  If you forgot your password, let me know and I will help you.

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW

FALL 2017

Podcast #1 (FREE TO THE PUBLIC).
Title: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Treatment in IPV Intervention: The Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs.
Guest: John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW.

Podcast #2
Title: The Role of Attachment in Understanding and Treating Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators
Guest: Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D., LMFT.

WINTER 2017/2018
Podcast #3
Title: Intimate Partner Violence in Latin America: Research Findings and Implications for Intervention and Policy
Guest: Esteban Eugenio Esquivel Santoventa, Ph.D.

Podcast #4
Title: The Strength at Home Program: An evidence-based intervention for veterans
Guest: Casey Taft, Ph.D.

Podcast #5
Title: IPV and Substance Abuse: Strategies for Effective Intervention
Guest: Ronald Potter-Effron, Ph.D., MSW.

Podcast #6 (FREE TO THE PUBLIC).
Title: Working with Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence
Guest: Clare Cannon, Ph.D.

FALL 2018
Podcast #7
Title: The Fathers for Change Program
Guest: Carla Stover, Ph.D.

Title: Interventions with Couples
Guest: Sandra Stith, Ph.D

Advanced BIP Facilitator Training-California

Satisfies 16-hr annual requirements for California BIP providers (PC 1203.098).  Early-bird rate EXTENDED to September 26, 2018 for ADVIP members only (applies for tuition and conference rate on curriculum).

Registration forms available at

Please mention ADVIP when registering.  Contact Nada Yorke at for additional questions.

Batterer Intervention Training Video

ADVIP Colleagues:

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 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.

2018 Conference Power Points Now Available

The 2018 World Conference was a great success.  A number of ADVIP members who attended the conference, and many who did not, have requested that the conference presentations be made available on our website.  With permission from the presenters, I have put their Power Point slides up on our website.  Just go to the home page and click on the 2018 conference link.  Please note that it may take another week or so before the Lawrence slides are available.

Podcasts:  Several new podcasts have been recorded and will soon be available on our site.  Tell your colleagues to join ADVIP, so they can access this exciting series!

Domestic Violence Awareness Video

The majority of our victims and offenders report that they wish schools educated students in the areas of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and the red flags of abuse. Most victims of domestic violence report that they were not aware they were entering an abusive relationship. We’ve created this prevention video geared toward high school students to increase awareness of the early warning signs. We use the BELIEVE model to heighten awareness of the red flags that are often missed early in the relationship. Please feel free to share this video and encourage high schools to share with students. The best way to prevent domestic violence is through education.