ADVIP Member Directory

ADVIP members include researchers with an expertise in the field of partner and family abuse, or provide direct intervention services to perpetrators and have indicated a commitment to evidence-based practice. Both members and non-members can view the membership directory.  Individuals with a Full Membership to ADVIP  can write posts to our blog pages and enjoy other benefits not available to individuals with a Limited Membership.  To become a member, or to upgrade membership from Limited Member to Full Member, go to the JOIN ADVIP link on the home page.

Some ADVIP members have organized into local chapters.  Local chapters allow members to meet face-to-face, or through Skype or other electronic forums, to network and advance evidence-based practice in their local communities. A list of local ADVIP chapters can be found on this page.

In this Searchable Master List, you may click on member’s name to view their full profile page containing information about their location, background, training, intervention services and research interests.  In the member’s profile page, you can click on the country, state, province or city to view all other members in those categories.

There are two additional search boxes.  The one on the left allows you to find members according to their status as either Researcher or Provider.    The box on the right allows you to conduct a more refined search, to find members by city, state or province, research interests (e.g., domestic violence risk factors, motivation, impact on children) or clinical services and modalities (e.g., batterer groups, parenting programs, substance abuse treatment, etc.).  Keep in mind that some profile data can be entered in multiple ways , so if a search in unsuccessful try a related keyword – for example, “group counseling” instead of “group therapy,” “LGBTQ” instead of “LGBT,” and so forth.  

An additional Master List of all ADVIP members organized by country can be found on this page.




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Mr Michael Huizar Amaro (West Sacramento, United States) Provider

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORDOMESTIC VIOLENCE Home West Sacramento California United States Work Phone: 916-719-0917
Professional Background

Extensive background working with individuals and groups in crisis. Former Suicide Crisis Hotline Operator, Critical Incident Stress Management Team member (CISM), Suicide Awareness Facilitator, Air force Pre-Deployment/Post-Deployment program facilitator, Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment Facilitator.

Employment background includes – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in male and female correctional facilities, Parole Agent and Correctional Counselor. Retired from CDCR and United States Air Force.


Gene Arnovitz (Santa Rosa, United States) Provider

John Hamel and Associates Home po box 11662 Santa Rosa California 95406 United States Home Phone: 707.971.9796
Professional Background

30 yrs experience in the mental health field including Psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment, and drug and Alcohol treatment.

For the last 10 yrs facilitating Domestic Violence/Anger Management and Parenting groups.

Anna Jo Baccellieri (Ventura, United States) Researcher

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health (SPH)Community Health Sciences (CHS) Home 2425 E Ocean Ave Ventura California 93003 United States Cell Phone: 773-426-0104

Steven Steven Banks , LMFT (Sacramento, United States) Provider

Evergreen Counseling Home 3419 Arden Way Unit C Sacramento California 95825 United States Work Phone: 9164870657
Professional Background

For 35 years I have been a provider for the Sacramento Courts helping offenders learn not only that inappropriate anger is wrong and ruins lives, but also how to effectively address many of the issues that lead to inappropriate anger.  I taught at the college level for 14 years, was a Child Custody Recommending Counselor for 13 years and am a CEPA Approved Continuing Education provider on the subject of inappropriate anger.

Dr. Jonathan Charles Blankenship (Angels Camp, United States) Provider

Higher Road Counseling Center Home P.O. Box 456 520 North Main Street #101 Angels Camp California 95221 United States Work Phone: 209 7369030
Professional Background

Dr. Jon Blankenship, LMFT

Education: Bachelors Degree Cal State Long Beach, Masters Cal State Northridge, Doctorate Oregon State University.

Experience: 37 years: Residential, Private Practice, Educational and Clinical. Over 22 years providing services in Anger Management and Domestic Violence Treatment Programs. Also, I have provided assessments and clinical services  for 18 years with high-risk Juvenile offenders in treatment programs. I have also worked as a child custody Mediator and Sexual Offender Program facilitator. Additionally, I am fluent in American Sign Language and have worked as a Coordinator and Therapist in K-12 Educational settings.

Higher Road Counseling Center: 520 North Main Street #101, Angels Camp, Ca 95221.                                  Certified Domestic Violence Treatment provider with Calaveras County since 2002. Provide Anger Management Treatment, Child Endangerment and Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Programs. As a private practitioner,  I Provide Individual, Group, Couples and Family Counseling. License: LMFT 37006.

Mr. Gregory Stuart Butler (Lake Baloba, United States) Provider

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The Valley Prevention & Treatment Center, Sherman Oaks, CA Home 6623 1/2 Gaviota Ave Lake Baloba California 91406 United States Home Phone: (213) 915-2249
Professional Background

Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.  Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor IV (CATC IV) from California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE).  Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI) in California.  MFT Licensure expected in March 2017.  Approved Domestic Violence Coordinator by the Department of Probation, State of California.  Approximately 10 years experience doing groups and 4 years doing psychotherapy.  Bilingual in Spanish/English.

Laura Campana (Costa Mesa, United States) Provider

Action Consultants Therapy Home 1670 Santa Ana Ave #F Costa Mesa California 92627 United States

David F Dahl , Ph.D. (San Jose, United States) Provider

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Palo Alto University Work 3880 South Bascom Avenue Suite 217 San Jose California 95124 United States Work Phone: 408-793-0313

Sallie Danenberg (San Jose) Provider

A Balanced Approach to Counseling Home 25 North 14th St. Suite 620 San Jose California 95112 Work Phone: (408) 298-8703

Dr. Cheryl Lynn Davis (Glendale, United States) Provider

New Insights Programs Home 1144 Ruberta Avenue #6 Glendale California 91201 United States Cell Phone: (818)649-0598 Work Fax: (818)242-2320

Frank DelFiugo (Sunnyvale, United States) Provider

Home 505 W. Olive Avenue Suite 310 Sunnyvale California 94086 United States Home Phone: (408) 219-5377

Gregory Delano Evans (Oakland, United States) Provider

Home Oakland California United States

Ms. Leah Shanelle Freeman (Pittsburgh, United States) Provider

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Saving Our Sons And Daughters Work 4003 Railroad Avenue Pittsburgh California 94565 United States Cell Phone: 510-978-8852

Rachael Frost (Murrieta, United States) Provider

Home 39252 Winchester Road Murrieta California 92563 United States Work Phone: (949) 413-9111

Devon Gaster (Oakland, United States) Provider

Men Creating Peace Home 360 Grand Ave. # 76 Oakland California 94610 United States Home Phone: 510-730-0184
Professional Background

I hold a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Loyola in New Orleans.

I am the founder and Executive Director of Men Creating Peace, a certified Violence Prevention and Anger Management provider in Alameda County California.

I have been a state certified violence prevention facilitator and trainer with the Manalive Violence Prevention Program since 1998. I am a former batterer who successfully completed my 52 week violence prevention classes with Manalive and then trained to become a facilitator in the program.

I have over 18 years experience in the field of violence prevention working in various communities in the San Francisco bay area and the Sacramento area. I have worked for several years in county jails in the San Francisco bay area, in Sacramento, as well as in San Quentin State Prison, facilitating violence prevention and anger management groups. I worked for 7 years in the San Francisco County Jail with the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project in custody program as a group facilitator and case manager.

I have lead many workshops and presentations in the Bay Area and in Sacramento on the subject of violence prevention and batterers treatment. I have presented three times at the Institute on Violence and Trauma Conference in San Diego.

Dianna Graves (Vallejo, United States) Provider

Cal State East Bay Home 319 Pepper DR Vallejo California 94589 United States

Veronica Guarneros (San Bernardino) Provider

Life Works Coaching Agency Home 444 North Arrowhead Avenue Suite 202 San Bernardino California Work Phone: (888) 490-0045

Ms Diana M Guerrero (Oxnard, United States) Provider

The Coalition for Family HarmonyCounseling Work 1030 North Ventura Road Oxnard California 93030 United States Work Phone: 805-208-3217

Ms. Diana M Guerrero (Oxnard) Provider

Coalition for Family HarmonyClinical Work 1030 North Ventura Road Oxnard California 93030 Cell Phone: 805-208-3217

John Hamel , LCSW (San Rafael, United States) Provider, Researcher

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John Hamel & Associates Work 70 Mitchell Boulevard Suite 103 San Rafael California 94903 United StatesWork 2910 Camino Diablo Suite 130 Walnut Creek California 94597 United States Work Phone: 415-472-3275 Work Phone: 925-930-0900
Professional Background

John Hamel, LCSW, acquired both his B.A. in Psychology (1986) and Masters in Social Welfare (1988) from the University of California at Los Angeles, and was licensed as an LCSW (LCS 15194) in November, 1989.  Since 1991, he has been Director of John Hamel & Associates, with offices in several San Francisco Bay Area counties.  Mr. Hamel and his associates provide a wide range of clinical, consultation and training services.  His areas of expertise are in the assessment and treatment of anger management and family violence, as well as substance abuse and co-dependency.   He has conducted family violence research since 2005, and his articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed scholarly journals.  He is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition:  Evidence-Based Approaches, published by Springer in 2014.  Mr. Hamel is co-editor with Tonia Nicholls, PhD, of Family Interventions in Domestic Violence:  A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment (Springer, 2007); and he edited Intimate partner and family abuse:  A Casebook of gender-inclusive therapy (Springer, 2008), which includes chapters by clinicians from the United States and several other countries and is the first domestic violence casebook to include extensive case studies of both male and female perpetrators and victims. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Partner Abuse, published quarterly by Springer Publishing.

Mr. Hamel is married and lives with his wife, Judi, and their twins, Jacob and Aviva, in San Rafael, California.

Services or Research Projects

Clinical Services

John Hamel provides individual, couples, family and group counseling and psychotherapy to a wide variety of clients.  His specialized clinical services include a substance abuse relapse prevention group, family violence assessments (including specialized assessments in disputed-child custody cases), victim services and advocacy (including victim support groups), and treatment programs for angry and violent men, women, couples, parents and teens.  Although many of his clients are voluntary participants, many are referred from Family Court or Child Protective Services, or mandated by the courts to participate in either a batterer treatment program, or a parenting program.  These programs are available at several locations in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, including in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Rafael, Berkeley, Oakland and Vallejo.  A current group schedule can be found at his website,

Mr. Hamel also provides consultation and training for mental health professionals, batterer intervention providers, shelter workers and victim advocates, court mediators and evaluators, teachers, attorneys and law enforcement; and speaks regularly at domestic violence conferences around the country.  He is a pioneer in the development of the evidence-based, gender-inclusive approach to domestic violence, a newly-emerging, empirically-based model of research and treatment.  His trainings been praised both for their innovative look at theory and policy, as well as their abundance of practical, hands-on intervention tools.  Additionally, Mr. Hamel serves as an expert court witness on the subject of family violence, and has testified before the California Legislature on domestic violence public policy.


Currently, Mr. Hamel is working on a manuscript with Gregory Stuart, Ph.D., and colleagues that reports on a study of motivation for physical abuse perpetration in a dating population.

He is also collaborating with Fred Buttell, Ph.D., on an outcome study of batterer intervention programs in Alameda County, California.

Two manuscripts are currently under review for publication in peer reviewed journals.  One reports on a new measure of emotional abuse and control, the Controlling and Abusive Tactics questionnaire (CAT); the other provides an overview of evidence-based research on domestic violence intervention programs.

Cynthia Diane Hunter-Spears (Lancaster, United States) Provider

Change Lanes Youth Support ServicesAdministration Home 43845 10th Street West Unit 1D Lancaster California 93534-4800 United States Work Phone: 661-948-2555 Website: Change Lanes Youth Support Services Website
Professional Background

I have worked in the social services field for the past twenty years. I began my career as a intake specialist for a drug rehabilitation program that provided behavioral health care services to substance abuse users and domestic violence batterers. I have worked inpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation, juvenile court, domestic violence shelter, and non-profit agencies. I have a certification in addiction studies as a Masters Level Registered Addiction Specialist from Breining Institute, I hold a Certification as Domestic Violence Specialist for victims, AA degree in liberal studies from Los Angeles Trade Technical College, BA in Sociology and minor in Psychology from the California State University Bakersfield; current graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology earning a MA in Forensic Psychology estimated completion date December 2015. I am founder and Chief Executive Officer of a social services non-profit organization (for the past ten years) that provides prevention/early intervention services to youth and adults.

Services or Research Projects

I currently provide group counseling in domestic violence (batterers) parent education, anger management, addiction education, utilizing evidenced based curriculum.

Dr. Joni E Johnston (Del Mar, United States) Provider

Joni E. Johnston, Psy.D. Home Del Mar California 92014 United States Cell Phone: 18585833306 Website:
Professional Background

Dr. Joni Johnston is a clinical/forensic psychologist and private investigator who has worked with various legal and correctional facilities in the assessment and treatment of individuals who have committed violent offenses.

Cynthia Lowe (Northridge, United States) Provider

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Sea Bridge Counseling Center Work 9227 Reseda Blvd. Unit 264 Northridge California 91324 United States Work Phone: 8183246892

James Maddox (Pasadena, United States) Researcher

Home P.O. Box 91839 Pasadena California 91109 United States Work Phone: (626) 384-0444

James Oliver Maddox (Pasadena, United Sates) Researcher

Maddox & AssociatesPolicy Analysis/Advocacy Work P.O. Box 91389 Pasadena California 91109 United Sates Work Phone: (626) 384-0444

Rudy Marin (Fresno) Provider

Asi counseling & Professional Services Home 2015 N. Wilson Avenue Fresno California 93704 Home Phone: (559) 499-1011

Douglass L. Marum , PhD. (Napa, United States) Provider

E.A.R.S. – Effective Anger Resolution Services. Private practice Work 575 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 305B Napa California 94558 United States Work Phone: 707-257-3500
Professional Background

I am a licensed Marriage andFamily Therapist in private practice since 1976 and have a Ph.D. in Psychology.

I began my domestic violence program on a formal basis in 1981 and have worked with the courts (both adult and juvenile), victim services, and other community agencies since my licensure. I was a member of the Family Violence Council of Napa for many years.

There was no certification process when I began this journey. I was blessed with a local judiciary which actively wanted to have a definitive impact on this difficulty. We met regularly to refine the game plan/coordination for best services we could have in this community. I have been certified since certification was put in place; my wife became certified as well for her direct tenure in the program from 1998 -2008 and continues to maintain it.  I still provide groups for men in this certified program ( E.A.R.S. – Effective Anger Resolution Services ) though I have ceased providing womens’ groups.

I see individuals, couples, and families as the bulk of my practice. My history of work includes victims of sexual, physical, verbal/emotional and economic abuse, both male and female.

Services or Research Projects

I have never been a research focused individual. I am a therapist front and center.

Michael J. Mesmer (San Rafael, United States) Provider

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Therapy Alternatives Work P.O. Box 2711 San Rafael California 94912-2711 United States Cell Phone: 415-601-7497 Website: Therapy Alternatives

Paula Ann Nedelcoff (Arcata, United States) Provider

Self Employed/Humboldt Family Service Center Home 1965 Edith drive Arcata California 95521 United States Home Phone: 707 8262147
Professional Background

Developed and implemented county certified batterers program for over twenty years.  Facilitated  and supervised programs;  still provide assessments  and some supervision and fill in for groups as necessary. Board member of ABIP.    Licensed MFT since 1992

Services or Research Projects

expert witness in court cases where dv is suspected   working closely with local courts probation and social services

Dr. Laura Petracek (San Francisco, United States) Provider

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W.O.V.E.N. Women Overcoming Violent Emotions Now Home 3107 Fillmore St., Suite 301 1208 Bancroft Way San Francisco California 94123 United StatesHome 1208 Bancroft Way Berkeley California 94702 United States Work Phone: 4157717150 Website:
Professional Background


1208 Bancroft Way

 Berkeley, CA 94702

 (415) 748-0296


Psychologist, PSY #20033, State of California

LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCS #16971 California


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, 1996

M.S.W., Honors, Social Group Work, Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, New York, NY, 1986

B.A., cum laude, Sociology, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, 1979

A.A., Chemical Dependency Counseling, Minneapolis Community College, Minneapolis, MN, 1977


  • 20 years effective teaching experience, using methods including film, interactive
    discussions, and humor.
  • Designed curriculum and conducted lectures and workshops on HIV/AIDS, family systems, alcoholism concepts, anger management, stress reduction, domestic violence, AA principles, sexuality, physical abuse, co-dependency and spirituality.
  • Developed and implemented chemical dependency training program for community
  • Taught courses in psychology and psychotherapy, as well as traineeship courses Experienced in supervising practicum students.
  • Clinical

15 years management experience.

25 years facilitating group and family therapy, individual therapy, and continuing care. Skilled in crisis intervention, interviewing, assessing, appropriately referring clients, and continuing care recommendations in chemical dependency.

15 years experience supervising staff, interns, individuals, and groups.

15 years experience providing staff training for teachers, interns, and colleagues on use of group process, individual therapy, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

5 years experience working in managed care environment.






LAURA PETRACEK. Ph.D., LCSW                                                                          Page Two

EXPERIENCE (continued)

Forensic Treatment /Psychological Testing

  • Skilled in violence/aggression reduction, domestic violence and substance abuse
  • Provide psychological assessments for Child Custody cases, court mediation, with expertise in domestic violence and high conflict couples.
  •  Provide psychological assessments of sex offenders, mentally disordered offenders and Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) write up reports for court, and appear as expert witness giving opinions on psychological matters involving domestic violence.
  • Provide assessments of psychological disorders, level of dangerousness, threat and
    violence of mentally ill inmates at California Medical Facility at Vacaville, Sierra
    Conservation Center, Soledad State Prison, and Avenal State Prison.
  • Provide assessments of psychological disorders for children and adults for SSI evaluations.


Anger and Women:  Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Honolulu, HI, 7-8/04

Women Who Batter: Implications for Theory and Practice, presented at FAVTEA, Family Association Training and Education Conference, Oakland, CA, 4/03

Effectively Addressing Anger in the Chemically Affected Client, Safeco

Corporation/Employee Assistants of Greater Seattle, Seattle, WA, 10/95 and 5/95

The Link Between Chemical Dependency and Domestic Violence, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA, 10/93

The Effects of Domestic Violence Upon Women’s Health, Women in Psychology, Seattle, WA, Monthly Meeting 6/95, 7/94

Boundaries: Experiencing Your Power, Knowing Your Limits, Personal Growth Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, 3/95, 11/94

The Link Between Chemical Dependency and Domestic Violence, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA, 1/95, 8/93


Petracek, L., An Anger Workbook for Women, New Harbinger Publications, 9/04.

Petracek, L. “Intervention in the Workplace,” Counselor Magazine, July 1992. Petracek, L., “Intervention with Family Members,” Recovery Newspaper, February 1992.

Petracek, L., “Boundaries: Experiencing Your Power, Knowing Your Limits,” Journey Press, VolII, No. 11, April 1991.

Petracek, L., “Healing Strategies for Couples and Families in Recovery,” Journey Press, Vol II, No. 9, November 1990.

Petracek, L., “Women’s Early Recovery Groups,” Journey Press, Vol II, No. 4, April 1990.


LAURA PETRACEK, Ph.D., LCSW                                                                            Page Three


Clinical Psychologist SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON, San Quentin, CA 4/07 to 12/13

Contract Psychologist CALIFORNIA STATE PRISONS, CA 4/1/03 3/31/07


Post-Doctoral Internship, GOLDEN GATE MEDICAL EXAMINERS, San Francisco, CA, 9/96-12/97





Social Worker, SHEEPSHEAD BAY HIGH SCHOOL, Brooklyn, NY, 9/84-8/89


American Psychological Association, 1991-Present

National Association of Social Workers, 1984-Present

Employee Assistance Professional Association, 1981-Present




Alvin Rentsch (Auburn, United States) Provider

Men Against Violence (MAV) Center – manalive Work 185 Linden Ave 2nd Floor Auburn California 95603 United States Work Phone: 530-392-0714 Certification: April 6, 2004 Website: MAV Center
Professional Background

The MAV Center is dedicated to transforming lives by addressing and dismantling the multifaceted nature of domestic violence, encompassing physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual manifestations. Our mission is rooted in the profound understanding that the patterns of violence, often normalized within our cultural fabric, are detrimental not only to individuals but also to the societal structure at large.

Originating from the insightful work of Hamish Sinclair in the 1980s, The MAV Center offers a structured, methodological toolkit aimed at empowering individuals to confront and revise their deep-seated patterns, habits, and beliefs with certified manalive curriculum. By committing to the foundational agreements of ceasing self-violation and the violation of others, we engage participants in a transformative journey toward their authentic selves – the essence untainted by learned patterns of superiority and inferiority.

At the heart of our mission is the commitment to challenge and reshape the ingrained cultural beliefs about power dynamics, advocating for a paradigm where equality and consent are the cornerstones of interpersonal interactions. Our program is designed to facilitate a profound self-awareness that enables individuals to extricate themselves from the narratives of the perpetrator, victim, subordinate, or insubordinate roles and to foster genuine connections grounded in mutual respect and understanding.

Through intensive self-exploration, The MAV Center strives to immunize against defensiveness and violence, promoting a shift from the entrenched Superior/Inferior Belief System towards a model of equality that transcends the traditional frameworks of patriarchy, and socio-economic and racial oppression. Our vision is to cultivate a community where every individual is empowered to live as their authentic self, contributing to a collective future free from the cycles of violence.

In embracing this mission, The MAV Center not only seeks to transform individuals but also aspire to instigate a broader societal change, challenging and ultimately dismantling the systemic structures that perpetuate violence and inequality. Through this transformative journey, we are committed to creating a world where peace, authenticity, equality and accountability prevail, ensuring a safer, more harmonious future for all.

Services or Research Projects

Male perpetrator groups

Ms. D’Joy Robinson (Inglewood, United States) Provider

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All Families Matter Counseling & Community Center Work 303 W. Manchester Blvd Suite 207 Inglewood California 90301 United States Work Phone: (213) 926-1100 Cell Phone: 323 823 0007 Website:
Services or Research Projects

We provide psycho-education and trauma services in the form of Evidence-Based CBT, Art therapy, EMDR, Seeking Safety, Domestic Violence Survivors Empowerment, Couples Meditation, and Anger Management, all by way of individual and group therapy sessions.

We are specially trained certified in Supervised child visitation monitoring, Batterers Intervention, youth enrichment, literacy, Life Skills, and LGBTQ support programs. Our goal is to emancipate our clients from all obstacles by providing the tools to thrive forward in their life successfully.

Member of the Southern California’s Association of Batterers Intervention (ABIP) with world-renowned Kendall Evans, Alyce LaViolette. Mentee of Bernita Walker of Project Peace Makers

Fully Court Approved. Los Angeles County Probation, DCFS, and Victim of Crimes Approved

Audrey Linan Rollim (San Fernando, United States) Provider

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The Trellis House, LLC Work 451 South Brand Blvd. Suite #202 San Fernando California 91340 United States Work Phone: 818-427-5620
Professional Background

Audrey Linan Rolim is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Trellis House. She has over three decades of combined experience in Human Services and Management. She has provided services to adolescents and adults involved in the criminal justice system, many of whom suffered from co-occurring disorders. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Minor in Social Work from Clarion University in Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from USC. She is a Registered Addiction Counselor with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). In addition, Audrey has become a certified Domestic Violence and Anger Management Counselor and has been approved by the County of Los Angeles Probation Department to be a provider of domestic violence treatment services. She was awarded the W.E.B. DuBois award “Lamp of knowledge” in 2006 by Clarion University in Pennsylvania. Audrey has been a member of the Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society since 2005 and the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society since 2006. Audrey is also a member of the National Anger Management Association (NAMA) and of the California Chapter of the National Anger Management Association (CAAMP), and member of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce.

Reina Sandoval-Beverly (Concord, United States) Provider

Stand! For Families Free of ViolenceNon-Violence Program Work 1410 Danzig Plz 418 Somerville Cir Concord California 94520 United States Work Phone: 17077046894 Cell Phone: 17077046894

Natalie Marie Schramm (Santa Rosa, United States) Provider

NOVA Non-violent alternatives Home 421 Humboldt Street Santa Rosa California 95404 United States Cell Phone: 707-280-3272 Work Phone: 707-526-1994

Elizabeth Seal (Eureka, United States) Provider

Humboldt Family Service CenterBatterer’s Intervention Program Work Humboldt Family Service Center 1802 California Street Eureka California 95501 United States Work Phone: (707) 443-7358

Valarie Simmons (Moreno Valley, United States) Provider

Psychological Health Services Work 13800 Heacock Street #C218 Moreno Valley California 92553 United States Work Phone: 951/5265092

Mr. Mark K Slaughter (Sacramento, United States)

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Sacramento County Public DefenderDomestic Violence Intake Team Work 700 H Street, Ste, 0270 Sacramento California 95814 United StatesHome CA 95814 Work Phone: 9168746558

Dr. Daniel Jay Sonkin , Ph.D. (Sausalito, United States) Provider

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Daniel J Sonkin, Ph.D.n/a Work 1505 Bridgeway Suite 105 Sausalito California 94965 United States Work Phone: 415-332-6703 Website: Daniel J Sonkin, Ph.D.
Professional Background


B.S.    1975  University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois

M.A.   1979  California State University, San Francisco, California

Ph.D. 1981  Columbia Pacific University, San Rafael, California


Marriage and Family Therapist, California License MFC16644

Certified for Psychotherapeutic use of Hypnosis, California Certificate 1302

Certified California State Community College Instructor, CA245316

Certified California State Community College Counselor, CA254800


Current Positions

11/81-            Psychotherapy and Forensic Consultation Practice

Sausalito, California


5/07-             Consulting Mental Health Advisor – Salesian Society of Don Bosco – Western Province

San Francisco, CA


Past Professional Experience

7/94-6/05 Adjunct faculty

Counseling Department

California State University, Sonoma


1/98-12/04 Expert consultant

Enforcement Unit

Board of Behavioral Sciences

Sacramento, California


9/96-6/99   Consultant – Domestic Violence Program

Family and Community Counseling Services

Santa Rosa, California


9/89-7/98   Ethics Committee Chair

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

San Diego, California


9/93-7/96   Staff Supervisor

Community Institute for Psychotherapy

San Rafael, California


5/94-6/96   Consultant and Clinical Supervisor

Catholic Charities of Marin

San Rafael, California


11/92-95      Peer Utilization Reviewer

Foundation Health Plan

Rancho Cordova, California


9/87-6/90   Family Therapist

Adolescent Recovery Center

Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, California


7/82-10/83            Clinical Staff

Family Service Agency, San Rafael, California


3/80-9/82   Offender Program Coordinator–Family Violence Project

San Francisco District Attorney, San Francisco, California


3/79-3/80   Crime Analyst

Planning and Research Bureau

San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco, California



7/97-6/00   Consultant – Youth at Risk Project

Family Institute of Marin

San Rafael, California


10/93-95     MFCC Oral Examiner

Consultant – Central Testing Unit

Board of Behavioral Science Examiners

Sacramento, California


1982-1993  Psychiatry Service

Veterans Administration Hospital

San Francisco, California


7/86-9/86   Superior Court

Family Relations Division

State of Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut


5/86-7/86   United States Marine Corps

Family Service Center

Camp Lajeune, North Carolina


9/83-7/85   Domestic Violence Treatment Program

Family Advocacy Program

Oak Knoll Naval Hospital

Oakland, California



3/94-3/95   Adjunct Faculty

Professional School of Psychology

San Francisco, California


1992-1994  Graduate Lecturer

Psychology Department

California State University, San Francisco


9/88-6/90   Intern Supervisor

Adolescent Recovery Program

Marin General Hospital

Greenbrae, CA.


1/86-6/86   Faculty Docent

Department of Psychology

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut


9/84-1/85   Clinical Supervisor

Domestic Violence Project

Psychological Services Center

Berkeley, California


9/83-12/85 Adjunct Faculty

California School of Professional Psychology

Berkeley, California


3/83-4/85   Training Provider – California State Board of Corrections & POST

Training for Law Enforcement and Probation Officers

San Francisco, Alameda and Marin Counties


1977-            Conducted over 100 clinical trainings, seminars and workshops across the country and abroad on domestic violence for mental health professionals, armed forces personnel, medical professionals, criminal justice and social service service providers.


Other professional contributions

Contributor, Mental Help Net Blogs Relationship Matters – 2011

Board of Directors – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – 1998-2000.

Editor – Journal of Emotional Abuse – Hayworth Press, 1997-Present.

Special Consultant, Violence and Victims Journal – Springer Publishing Company New York, New York – 1985-Present

Series Editor, Focus on Men – Springer Publishing Company New York, New York – 1985-1995.

President, Board of Directors – Marin Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – 1990

Past-President, Board of Directors – Marin Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – 1991

Founder and Co-Coordinators of the Marin CAMFT Disaster Response Team – Marin Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – 1989-1991

Newsletter Editor – Marin Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 1987-1989, 1992

State Ethics Committee – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – 1989-1998

Board of Directors – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 1998-2000

Advisory Board – Domestic Violence Institute, Denver, Colorado – 1990-2000.



Special Testimony

Marin County Human Rights Commission, San Rafael, Ca., January 9, 10 & 11, 1979.

United States Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence, Sacramento, Ca., February 15, 16 & 17, 1984.

Senate Judiciary Committee-Police Response to Domestic Violence, Sacramento, Ca., April 10, 1984.

Alameda County Social Services Commission-Marriage License Funds for Shelters, April 26, 1984, Oakland CA

Connecticut Governor’s Task Force on Family Violence, New Haven Connecticut, October 8, 1985.

Expert Testimony in civil and criminal trials where domestic violence is an issue, 1979-present.



California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Marin Chapter – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists



Distinquished Clinical Member – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, April 2000.


Clark Vincent Award for Literary Contribution to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, April 1989.



Sonkin, Daniel J. (2002).  Domestic Violence Assessment. (Macintosh and Windows)



Sonkin, Daniel J. and Durphy, Michael (1982; rev. 1985, 1989, 1997).  Learning to live without violence: A handbook for men.  San Francisco: Volcano Press.

Sonkin, Daniel J.; Martin, Del. and Walker, L.E. (1985). The male batterer: A treatment approach. New York: Springer Publishing.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (Ed.)(1987).  Domestic violence on trial: Psychological and legal dimensions of family violence.  New York: Springer Publishing.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (1992).  Wounded boys/heroic men: A man’s guide to recovering from childhood abuse. Stamford, CT: Long Meadow Press.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (1993). Stabilization program for stalkers: A manual for counselors. Denver, CO: Endolar Publications.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (1993). Stabilization program for stalkers: A workbook for men. Denver, CO: Endolar Publications.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (1996).  A counselors guide to Learning to Live Without Violence.  San Francisco: Volcano Press.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (1997).  Domestic violence: Perpetrator assessment manual.  Sausalito, CA: Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D.

Sonkin, Daniel J. (2000).  Domestic violence: The court mandated perpetrator assessment and treatment handbook.  Sausalito, CA: Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D.

Dutton, Don and Sonkin, Daniel (2003). Intimate Violence: Contemporary Treatment Innovations. New York: Haworth Trauma and Maltreatment Press.


Chapters and Articles

Sonkin, Daniel (2011).  Is This You Or Me That I Am Feeling? Emotional Contagion In Close Relationships. The Therapist, Vol 23, #2.

Sonkin, Daniel (2010).  Anger: Attachment and Neurobiological Perspectives.  The Therapist, Vol. 22 #6.

Sonkin, Daniel (2010).  She’s Leaving Home (Bye, Bye): Understanding Parent’s Reactions to the College Transition Through the Lens of Attachment Theory. The Therapist,Vol 22, #1.

Sonkin, Daniel (2009).  Angst in the Face of Economic Meltdown: Managing Your Anxiety When The Stress Won’t Go Away! The Therapist, Vol 21, #4.

Sonkin, Daniel (2007). Psychotherapy with attachment and the brain in mind. The Therapist. Vol 19, #1, pp. 64-70.

Sonkin, Daniel (2007). Domestic violence and attachment theory: Clinical applications to treatment with perpetrators. In Jackson, N.A. (ed), The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Sonkin,Daniel (2005). Psychotherapy and attachment theory. The Therapist. Vol 17, #1.

Sonkin, Daniel and Dutton, Don (2003).  Attachment theory and domestic violence.  In Dutton, Don and Sonkin, Daniel (ed). Intimate Violence: Contemporary Treatment Innovations.  New York: Haworth Publishing.

Sonkin, Daniel and Liebert, Douglas (2002).  The assessment of domestic violence. Journal of Trauma, Aggression and Maltreatment. Volume 6 Number 2, pp 3-36.

Sonkin, Daniel (1995). Anne Frank in Marin County.  San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Vol. 14, 2.

Sonkin, Daniel & Liebert, Douglas (1998).  Legal and ethical issues in the treatment of multiple victimization of children.  In B. Rossman, M. Rosenberg & R. Geffner (Eds.),Multiple victimization of children: Conceptual, developmental, research and treatment issues.

Rosenberg, M. & Sonkin, D. (1991). The prevention of child maltreatment in school aged children. In D. Willis, E. Holden, & M. Rosenberg (Eds..), The prevention of child maltreatment: Ecological and developmental perspectives. NY: Wiley.

Sonkin, D.J. & Dutton, D. (Eds..)(1988).  Special issue: The male batterer.  Violence and Victims, 3 (1).

Sonkin, D.J. (1988).  The male batterer: Clinical and research issues.  Violence and Victims, 3 (1).

Sonkin, Daniel J. (1987).  The assessment of court-mandated male batterers. In D. Sonkin (Ed.), Domestic violence on trial: Psychological and legal dimensions of family violence.  New York: Springer Publishing.

Sonkin, D. J. and Fazio, W. (Ed.)(1987).  Domestic violence expert testimony in the prosecution of male batterers.  In D. Sonkin (Ed.), Domestic violence on trial: Psychological and legal dimensions of family violence.  New York: Springer Publishing.

Sonkin, Daniel Jay & Ellison, Jean (1986).  The therapist’s duty to protect victims of domestic violence: Where we have been and where we are going.  Violence and Victims, 1(3).

Sonkin, Daniel Jay (1986).  Clairvoyant vs. common sense: Therapist’s duty to warn and protect.  Violence and Victims, 1(1).

Sonkin, Daniel Jay (1985).  The male batterer: An overview I.  The Military Family, 5(1), pp. 3-5.

Sonkin, Daniel Jay (1985).  The male batterer: An overview II.  The Military Family, 5(2), pp. 3-6


Professional Presentations (partial list)

2011 – Invited Speaker, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Francisco, CA.

2011 –  Invited Speaker, California Council on Family Relations, San Diego, CA.

2010 –  NWADVTP  Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

2010 –  Invited speaker, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Annual Conference, San Jose, CA.

2009 – International Conference on Family Violence, San Diego, CA.

2009 – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Annual Conference, San Jose, CA.

2008 – California State University, Fullerton Conference on Domestic Violence

2007 – First Nordic International Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo, Norway

2006 –  Alberta Conference on Domestic Violence, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

2005 –  Central San Joaquin Chapter of CAMFT, Visalia, CA

2004 –  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Annual Conference, San Jose, CA.

2003 – The International Conference on Family Violence, San Diego, CA.

2001 – The International Conference on Family Violence, San Diego, CA.

2000 – Utah Conference on Family Violence, Park City, Utah

2000 – Kansas Conference on Family Violence, Manhattan, Kasas

2000 – Marine Corp Conference on Family Violence, Parris Island, South Carolina.

1999 – The International Conference on Family Violence, San Diego, CA.

1998 – 4th International Conference on Children Exposed to Family Violence, San Diego, CA.

1998 – Statewide conference for domestic violence providers. Yakima, Washington.

1997 – California Association of Batterer Intervention Programs.  Rohnert Park, CA.

1993 – Naval Family Advocacy Program’s Yearly Regional Conference. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

1990 – Montana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Missoula, Montana.

1987 – New Mexico Psychological Association Convention.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1987 – Naval Family Advocacy Program’s Yearly Regional Conference.  Orlando, Florida.

1987 – Naval Family Advocacy Program’s Yearly Regional Conference.  Naples, Italy.

1986 – Naval Family Advocacy Program’s Yearly Regional Conference.  Dunoon, Scotland.

1985 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California.

1984 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

1984 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

1984 – California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, Ca.

1983 – American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Anaheim, Ca.

Gloria Sverchek (Greenbrae, United States) Provider

John Hamel@AssociatesGroup Facilitator Home Greenbrae California United States

Mr Joseph Szlamnik (San Francisco, United States) Provider

John Hamel and Associates Home San Francisco California United States

Daniel Thomas (Sacramento, United States) Provider

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Man Alive Sacramento Inc. Work 7000 Franklin Blvd, Suite 640 Sacramento California 95823 United States Work Phone: 877-662-8465 Cell Phone: 916-715-0031 Website:
Professional Background

We are a “Batterers Accountability and Advocacy Re-education Program”. Man Alive Sacramento Inc, (MSI), is a Certified Batterers Treatment Provider,(BTP), in Sacramento providing services to approximately 210 men and women in the public and incarcerated classes. Participants in the program learn to recognize their violent behaviors and the process by which they choose to do violence. We then learn and practice accountability for our actions, awareness of the impact our violence has, and become advocates, (take action), for ourselves and others to end that violence. We learn to recognize the gender-specific training that supports us to believe we are superior to others and that a man’s or woman’s value depends on how he or she controls their intimate partner, their environment, and themselves.


Who conducts the program?

Classes are facilitated by program graduates who have continued with training that meets or exceeds California Penal Code section 1203.097, for Batterers Treatment Programs. Daniel Thomas completed the program in 2007, and has since worked continuously as a volunteer or staff member with the Sacramento programs in the public sector and in the Sacramento County Jail and Rio Consumes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. The facilitators of MSI each have 400 to over 2000+ hours of training and classroom experience in working with men to stop their violence, and each has maintained relationships free of verbal and physical violence with current or former partners, children, or other family members. They also maintain 16+ hours of continuing education from various sources to remain in compliance with local penal codes set forth by Sacramento County Probation.


How did “ManAlive” get started?

The ManAlive program was originally developed in the late 1970’s by Bay Area men who realized their behavior had an impact (caused loss, damage, or destruction) on their partners, children, families, communities, and themselves. They sought the help of a victim’s group—Marin Abused Women’s Services (MAWS) of San Rafael, CA—to recognize what violence was and what damage it caused. Based on what they learned from MAWS and other resources, the program was then written by Hamish Sinclair, director of manalive in San Francisco. Resolve to Stop the Violence project (RSVP) continues to offer man alive in the San Francisco Jail facilities.  


What is “ManAlive’s” philosophy on violence and how men can stop?

ManAlive is based in the philosophy that violence toward people we are also intimate with is not natural or inevitable, but is the result of a formal and informal system of training. That system—which we call the “Old Male Role Belief System” which results in a distorted image of male identity and behavior.  The vast majority of men who do violence are not stupid, insane, or evil; they are well-trained in what we call the “Old Male Role Belief System”:

  • “Old” – because the system of patriarchy has existed for over 8,000 years,
  • “Male” – because the system rigidly defines male identity, which in turn defines female identity,
  • “Role” – because that identity is inauthentic, upheld only by dramatically pretending to be what the man or woman is not. We are also taught an inauthentic identity for women, and that he must enforce both his Male Role and her Female Role, or he fails as a man,
  • “Belief” – because the man is taught to believe that adherence to the Role makes him superior to those men that do not, and also to women. In fact, the better a woman fulfills her Role under this system, the more inferior she is, and
  • “System” – because this belief is ubiquitous; surrounding men 24/7/52 in their families, their social circles, advertisements, media, literature, music, sports, mythologies, religions, traditions, and more. Even men who never had a male parent in the home learn this system because very little alternative modeling is available. This belief also re-enforces that women are inferior instead of equals in the relationship.
  • MSI’s classes are set up as “peer group processes” style to create a safe and trusting environment where the participants can be honest with themselves and others in the group. The participants practice empathetic listening skills while holding each other accountable for the violence in their lives.
  •  The participants also are encouraged to get up in front of the class and teach what they are learning. This re-enforces the material in them and the group will often learn more from one of their peers than from an authority figure or a facilitator.


Wyatt Trammell (Angels Camp, United States) Provider

Rise & Walk Recovery LLC Home 520 N. Main St suite 101 Angels Camp California 95222 United States Work Phone: 1-209-736-9030 Cell Phone: 1-209-608-0700

Debra L Walker (Moreno Valley, United States) Provider, Researcher

DW WORKS LLC.1 Home 11956 SUGARCREEK CT Moreno Valley California 92557 United States Cell Phone: 9513929864 Cell Phone: 9514976133

Michael Walker (Guerneville, United States) Provider, Researcher

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The Wright Institute Home PO BOX 1178 Guerneville California 95446 United States Home Phone: 707-536-3608 Work Phone: 707-536-3608
Professional Background

I am a Pre-Doctoral Intern in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California.  I am conducting a study for my dissertation exploring the trauma histories of men who have been court ordered to attend Batterer Intervention Programs.


Participation in the study consists of completing psychological tests.  All participants will receive $20 for their participation.  This study has been approved by the Wright Institute and more information is available by contacting me at or by calling (707) 536-3608.  Dissertation Chair:  Matthew McKay, Ph.D.

I have also been a Batterer Intervention Provider for 15 years in Sonoma County through Russian River Counselors.  I have provided trainings for Batterer Intervention Group Facilitators as well as supervision for MFT Trainees and Interns.

I completed my APA Pre-Doctoral Internship in rural Alaska through the the Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium and Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome AK.  Norton Sound Health Corporation is in the Bering Strait Region of remote Northwest Alaska and operates the regional hospital in Nome as well as clinics in 15 Native villages.

Currently I am working at Providence: Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health Program.

Jonathan Allen Waller (Sacramento, United States) Provider

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ManAlive Sacramento Home Sacramento California United States

Christauria G. Welland , Psy.D. (Solana Beach, United States) Provider, Researcher

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Health Transformations. Alliant International University, San DiegoPsychology Work 990 Highland Drive Suite 103 Solana Beach California 92075 United States Work Phone: 858-922-8555 Work Fax: 866-280-4545 Website: Dr. Christauria Welland, Spanish Website: Dr. Christauria Welland
Professional Background


California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. Doctor of Psychology Program, Family and Child Track.  August 1999.

California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. Master of Arts, Psychology, August 1997

Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University, Spanish, Summa cum Laude, with distinction in Spanish. Minor in Psychology. December 1994.


40-hour Batterer Provider Certificate in Domestic Violence, 1996.  Duluth model,  San Diego, CA

40-Hour Advanced Training Certificate in Domestic Violence, 1999. Relationship Training Institute, San Diego, CA

60+ hours of continuing education as a domestic violence group facilitator, Relationship Training Institute, San Diego, CA. 2002 – 2014

ACT against Violence National Workshop. May 2006. American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.


Named to Advisory Committee to the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Immigration, August 6, 2010.

Fulbright Specialist Grantee, awarded for teaching at Latin American universities in the field of intimate partner violence. 2008-2013.

Alliant International University, San Diego, CA. Adjunct Faculty, California School of Professional Psychology. Licensure course on intimate partner violence for doctoral students. May 2004 – present.

CETYS Universidad, Tijuana & Mexicali, B.C., México.  Visiting Professor, November, 2012.

Services or Research Projects

Clinical Practice

Private Practice, English and Spanish, Solana Beach,  CA. 2001-present.

Rehabilitation Practice, English and Spanish, Paradise Valley Hospital, National City, CA.  2001-present.

Rehabilitation Practice, English and Spanish, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Encinitas, CA.  2012-present.

Dad’s Club, Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego, CA. Developed and presented pilot course on effective parenting and family violence prevention to Latino men and women whose children are in elementary school. Grants obtained from the Parker Foundation and the California Endowment. October 2005 – April 2009.

Professional Community Services, El Cajon, CA. Lead facilitator of Spanish IPV group for Latino perpetrators. Research and pilot group. August, 2001 – August 2005.

Family Advocacy Center, U.S. Navy, San Diego, CA. Facilitator for two IPV groups for Navy perpetrators. Research project. January 2002  – January 2003.

Professional Community Services, El Cajon, CA. (Internship). IPV groups for male perpetrators. August 1997 – August 1998.

Relationship Violence Training Institute, San Diego, CA. (Psychological assistantship). Group therapy for male IPV perpetrators at the Family Advocacy Center of the United States Navy, September 1997 – August 1999.

Women’s Resource Center, Oceanside, CA. (Employment).  Family Violence Intervention Program. Group therapy for Latino male IPV perpetrators (Spanish).  Sept. 1995 – Sept. 1996

International Teaching/Training

Government or university-sponsored workshops and conferences in Spanish in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and the United States to teach the use of the Sin Golpes intervention model to Spanish-speaking professionals.

Volunteer university and agency-sponsored workshops in English in South India and Uganda.

Current and Recent Research

Pilot group with outcome evaluation of Latina victims of intimate partner violence, using the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy model of Linehan & Fruzzetti, Ph.D. Self-funded. San Diego, CA 2012 – present

Pilot group with outcome evaluation of Latino parenting education group to prevent IPV, funded by the Parker Foundation and the California Endowment through SAY San Diego, 2005-2008.

Cross cultural study in San Diego-Tijuana region of Mexican/Latino male perpetrators of partner abuse, focusing on psychological characteristics.  Research partially funded by the Transborder Institute, University of San Diego. Study completed in March, 2005.

Selected Publications:

Welland, C.  (2011). Individual Treatment for a Latino Partner Abusive Man: A Case Study. Partner Abuse, 2, 4, 468-483.

Welland, C. & Ribner, N. (2010). Culturally specific treatment for partner-abusive Latino men: A qualitative study to identify and implement program components. Violence and Victims, 25, 6, 799-813

Healing from Violence: Latino Men’s Journey to a New Masculinity, with Neil Ribner, Ph.D. 2007. New York: Springer Publications

Sin Golpes: Como transformar la respuesta violenta de los hombres en la pareja y la familia. Therapist manual and client workbook. With David Wexler, Ph. D. 2007. Mexico City: Editorial Pax.

Violencia Doméstica 2000, Programa Integrado de Habilidades para Hombres Latinos, con adaptaciones culturales. Co-authored with David Wexler, Ph.D. Translated by José Antonio Valenzuela and Christauria Welland, Psy.D. Cultural adaptations by Christauria Welland, Psy.D. September, 2002Health Transformations, San Diego.

A Demographic and Risk Factor Survey of Mexican Immigrants Mandated to Partner Abuse Treatment in San Diego County, with Neil Ribner, Ph.D., August 2001, Family Violence Bulletin and Sexual Assault Bulletin..

June, 1999: Doctoral Dissertation: A Qualitative Analysis of Cultural Treatment Components for Mexican Male Perpetrators of Partner Abuse.

Dr. David B Wexler , Ph.D. (San Diego, United States) Provider, Researcher

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Relationship Training Institute Work Realtionship Training Institute 4036 Third Ave. San Diego California 92103 United States Work Phone: 619.296.8103 x14 Website: Relationship Training Institute
Professional Background

David B. 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. He has also served as the Clinical and Administrative Supervisor for the NIMH-sponsored research study of domestic violence in the Navy from 1991 through 1996, and again from 2001 through 2006.


Dr. Wexler is the author of When Good Men Behave Badly: Change Your Behavior Change Your Relationship (2004), and Is He Depressed or What?: What to Do When the Man You Love is Moody, Irritable, and Withdrawn (2006). Men In Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment (2009), was released in 2009. Dr. Wexler has been featured on the Dr. Phil show and the TODAY show, in the Washington Post, “O” magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men’s Health, and on dozens of radio and TV programs throughout North America to help educate the public about relationships in conflict and how to resolve them. Psychotherapy Networker devoted an entire issue to issues of men in therapy in May/June 2010 built around Dr. Wexler’s feature article.


Dr. Wexler has authored an internationally-recognized  domestic violence treatment manual: the newly revised and updated The Stop Program—Third Edition was released by W.W. Norton in 2013. 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. Dr. Wexler is also the former Chairman of the Treatment & Intervention Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Treatment by this Council. The California Psychological Association has also designated Dr. Wexler as a Master Lecturer and he received CPA’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award.


Dr. Wexler recently received the prestigious award of Practitioner of the Year from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.


The Relationship Training Institute is approved by the San Diego County Probation Department to provide clinical training for all authorized county domestic violence treatment programs for court-ordered offenders. These five-day training workshops are offered twice annually in San Diego County.


The U.S. Navy contracted with Dr. Wexler to design an innovative intervention program for the prevention of date and acquaintance rape. TRUE CONSENT: Sexual Assault Awareness Training for Men, was administered to 50,000 incoming Navy recruits annually at Great Lakes Naval Training Center as part of a four-year research study on prevention of sexual violence in the Navy.


Dr. Wexler has served as an expert witness in numerous forensic cases in which the understanding of domestic violence offender characteristics, domestic violence patterns in relationships, and battered women’s syndrome (now known as “intimate partner battering and its effects”) can help the Court clarify the complex legal issues. He has testified for both prosecution and defense.


Dr. Wexler is also the former Director of Psychological Services at Rancho Park Hospital, where he developed the internationally recognized PRISM model for self-management. He has pioneered the development of self psychology and cognitive behavior therapy in treating adolescents. He is the author of THE ADOLESCENT SELF: Strategies for Self-management, Self-soothing, and Self-esteem in Adolescents, The PRISM Workbook, The Advanced PRISM Workbook, published in 1993.


To contact Dr. Wexler or other RTI staff and faculty about professional training or consultation, please go to the RTI website at or call 619.296.8103.

Ms. Ricka L. White-Soso (Oakland, United States) Provider

FLW Living Well Services Other P.O. Box 10092 Oakland California 94610 United States Work Phone: 510-496-3475
Professional Background

Mrs. Fredericka (Ricka) L. White-Soso, MSW, LCSW, CEAT is a professional Social Worker in private practice whose special interests are community health issues including health disparities, health and wellness, foster and transitional youth advocacy, and public service.  She has been working in the behavioral health and social services field for the past 25 years.

Her work in earlier years as a group home counselor moved her to further her education, which lead her to the work she does today. She has a wealth of experience working in group home, residential, day treatment, foster/adoption agency, behavioral managed care, hospital and private practice settings with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds: including severely emotionally disturbed, abused, chemically dependent, developmentally disabled, foster/transitional age youth, victims of crime, domestic violence victims and batterers, and criminal offenders.

A graduate of San Francisco State University, Ricka received her BA in Psychology and a Master in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration and Planning. She also has the following certifications: Clinical Supervision Certification, Expressive Arts Practitioner/Therapist Certification (national), Batterers’ Intervention Program Facilitator Certification, Domestic Violence Counselor Certification, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting Leader Certification (M.A.P.P.) and Sexual Assault Advocate Certification.

Services or Research Projects

Services available for:  individual therapy, couple therapy, group therapy, Domestic Violence counseling and BIP group facilitation.