ADVIP Member Directory Listed by Country
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 chapters can be found on this page.
On this page you will see the Master List of all members organized by world region and country. Click on a 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.
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MASTER LIST OF MEMBERS BY REGION AND COUNTRY
MR MICHAEL HUIZAR AMARO (West Sacramento, United States) Provider
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
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.
Steven Steven Banks LMFT (Sacramento, United States) Provider
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
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.
Ellen L Bowen (Santa Rosa, United States) Provider
MSW San Diego State University, 1979
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work Fellow, California Society for Clinical Social Work
Co-founder – NOVA Non-Violent Alternatives, 1997 Certified Batterer Intervention Program facilitator. Facilitate groups for women and men who have their been court-ordered to 52-week treatment or who want to learn life skills and relationship skills to improve their partnerships and themselves.
Private Practice – adolescents, individual adults, couples, families.
2011 Bob Tunks Peace Award (presented by M.O.V.E.S.) “In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Treatment of Domestic Violence Offenders Through Non-Violent Alternatives and Leadership in the Development of Domestic Violence Intervention Policy”
Services or Research Projects
Domestic Violence Treatment for Abusive Women – A Treatment Manual. Routledge, A Division of Taylor & Francis Group. New York (2008)
“Treating a Family in Crisis: The Christiansons,” in Intimate Partner and Family Abuse: A Casebook of Gender-Inclusive Therapy. John Hamel, Editor. Springer Publishing Co., New York. (2008)
Editorial Board Member, Partner Abuse Journal (Springer Publishing)
Mr. Gregory Stuart Butler (Lake Baloba, United States) Provider
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.
Dr Robert p Cooper (Pleasanton, United States) Provider
Certified by the Alameda County Probation Dept. in South Alameda County, I deliver services to adult, English-speaking Men in the form of two groups, meeting Tuesday as well as Wednesday evenings.
My doctoral dissertation looked at the Prediction of Violent Behavior which, at the time it was published, had few, if any, effective models which could discriminate between the violent and non-violent in any context. I sought in my research to shorten the period of prediction to a two week period as well as narrow the population reviewed: Newly-admitted inmates to a Federal Correctional Institution. Along with my Chair, Dr. Paul Werner, an article emerged from our work together entitled, “The Prediction of Violence in Newly-Admitted Inmates”, published in 1986 in Criminal Justice and Behavior. Interestingly, while unsuccessful in development of a robust model to guide officials in determining the “violence-prone” newly-incarcerated, the best overall predictor of inmate violence turned out to be the “average forecast of all clinicians” involved in the study.
Since receiving my doctorate I have been involved in Community Mental Health in South County, delivering a variety of services to the Tri-Valley Area inclusive of Drug & Alcohol services, Consultation to Middle and High Schools, and most likely launched one of the first Programs dedicated to serving Superior Courts in the diversion of male and female violent offenders. At the time, Anger Management was not yet a common term. I thought the Temper & Aggression Group sounded better at the time. Now, in 2014, it’s still called The TAG Program and, of course, still running strong serving both male domestic violence offenders (TAG-DV) as well as diverted, violent male offenders (TAG-AM).
Services or Research Projects
My private practice is located in Pleasanton. I practice primarily from a CBT platform, having received earlier training in a new psychoanalytic approach at the time called Control-Mastery Theory, aspects of which fit nicely into CBT, a more practical and problem-focused approach eventually becoming popular with both the medical as well as insurance communities. Well-researched and evidence-based, I use this model in both private individual and couples therapy as well as in my groups with male offenders. I am currently not involved actively in research.
Devon Gaster (Oakland, United States) Provider
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.
John Hamel LCSW (San Rafael, United States) Provider, Researcher
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
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, http://www.johnhamel.net
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
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.
Douglass L. Marum PhD. (Napa, United States) Provider
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.
Paula Ann Nedelcoff (Arcata, United States) Provider
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
LAURA PETRACEK, Ph.D., LCSW
1208 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94702
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.
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.
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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.
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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
Clinical Director, WOMEN’S SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES/NEW LEAF/SERVICES FOR OUR COMMUNITY, San Francisco, CA, 1/98-03/03
Post-Doctoral Internship, GOLDEN GATE MEDICAL EXAMINERS, San Francisco, CA, 9/96-12/97
Professor/Director, ADDICTION TRAINING CENTER, COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, Las Vegas, NV, 9/95-8/96
Pre-Doctoral Internship, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TREATMENT PROGRAM, HARBORVIEW HOSPITAL, Seattle, WA, 9/93-8/95
Clinical Supervisor, PERSONAL GROWTH CENTER NORTHWEST, Seattle, WA,
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
Natalie Marie Schramm (Santa Rosa, United States) Provider
Dr. Daniel Jay Sonkin Ph.D. (Sausalito, United States) Provider
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
11/81- Psychotherapy and Forensic Consultation Practice
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
California State University, Sonoma
1/98-12/04 Expert consultant
Board of Behavioral Sciences
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
1982-1993 Psychiatry Service
Veterans Administration Hospital
San Francisco, California
7/86-9/86 Superior Court
Family Relations Division
State of 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
3/94-3/95 Adjunct Faculty
Professional School of Psychology
San Francisco, California
1992-1994 Graduate Lecturer
California State University, San Francisco
9/88-6/90 Intern Supervisor
Adolescent Recovery Program
Marin General Hospital
1/86-6/86 Faculty Docent
Department of Psychology
New Haven, Connecticut
9/84-1/85 Clinical Supervisor
Domestic Violence Project
Psychological Services Center
9/83-12/85 Adjunct Faculty
California School of Professional Psychology
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.
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.
Daniel Thomas (Sacramento, United States) Provider
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.
Christauria G. Welland Psy.D. (Solana Beach, United States) Provider, Researcher
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
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
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.
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, 2002. Health 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
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 http://www.RTIprojects.org or call 619.296.8103.
Ms. Ricka L. White-Soso (Oakland, United States) Provider
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.