Do I refer them to a batter intervention program? If so, why and when?  If not, why?

Thorny Questions Agenda

In this 8-hour workshop, Men Stopping Violence will address these, and other vexing questions. We will also present our philosophical framework that explores who batters and why, as well as the prevalence and scope of male violence against women in our communities. Next, we will take an in-depth look at tactics of abuse and how to identify them in clients and then discuss the value that referral to intervention services brings to private counselling practices. We’ll end day one by observing our 2-hour batterer intervention class where training participants will see first-hand the depth of work that happens in a batterer intervention class. Participants will then join the Men Stopping Violence training team to process the class the following morning.

This training has been approved for 8 LMFT, LCSW, and LPC CEU hours

Training Objectives

Goal: To deepen therapists understanding of male violence against women and to better utilize intervention services in their community.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the components of the Men Stopping Violence Community Accountability Model.
  • Summarize the scope of tactics used by abusers to control an intimate partner
  • Describe when to refer clients to Batterer Intervention Programs
  • List two benefits to each the client and the therapist of referring men to batterer intervention programs



Training Times

Day One               12:30pm – 8:30pm

Day Two               9:00am – 11:00am

Training Cost



Ulester V. Douglas, MSW

Ulester Douglas is the Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence. Ulester has provided consultation, training and keynote presentations in 40 states, Europe and the Caribbean to community-based organizations, universities, corporations and government agencies. He currently serves on the board of the National Resource Center to end Domestic Violence. In addition to his work in the movement to end violence against women, Ulester has twenty-seven years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. He is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and a National Institute of Mental Health fellow, with specialized training in working with families impacted by incest.

Richard Bathrick, LMFT

Bathrick co-founded Men Stopping Violence in 1982 and he brings more than three decades of experience in progressive social change to the work of ending violence against women. As part of MSV’s national training team, he has co-led trainings for a variety of organizations, including international training initiatives for government officials, social workers, and women’s advocates in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. He is the author or co-author of a number of articles including, “Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women” and “How Do You Know Your Batterer Program Works?” He is also the author of We Are The Work: The Making of Men Stopping Violence. In his private practice, Bathrick works with groups and sees individuals, couples, and families.