Relationship Development and Domestic Violence Prevention, Training, and Consultation

RTI’S STOP Program for Domestic Violence Treatment Now Implemented at 48 U.S. Navy Installations Worldwide!

(excerpted from letter of thanks from the Director, Fleet and Family Readiness United States Navy): “...Our clinicians were inspired and reenergized by ‘The STOP Program’ Curriculum training and are now using the knowledge within the Navy’s Counseling, Advocacy, and Prevention (CAP) Programs. On 2 July 2018, your curriculums were implemented across forty-eight installations.
Your selfless devotion to increasing group facilitation skills within the CAP Program reflects great credit upon you, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Please accept my thanks for a job ‘Well done!’
All the best,
E. J. Cannon
Director, Fleet and Family Readiness
United States Navy”

U.S. Navy and U.S. Army contract with RTI to provide training in The STOP Program!

The Relationship Training Institute (RTI) is very pleased to announce that both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army have contracted with RTI to provide training in The STOP Program. U.S. Army clinical providers have been offered a series of training seminars in The STOP Program to treat Army families impacted by domestic violence. These workshops have been provided to Army clinical providers and Army Family Advocacy Program staff throughout the United States.

Furthermore, The U.S. Navy Family Advocacy Programs have selected The STOP Program as one of the domestic violence treatment models for their worldwide sites. Navy FAP staff and group facilitators are now receiving training in implementation of The STOP Program curriculum.

The STOP Program treatment model, originally developed in 1986, published in 1999, and upgraded in 2006, 2013, and now 2020 (W.W. Norton), has now been utilized to treat more than 50,000 male domestic violence offenders worldwide. The groundbreaking STOP Program-For Women Who Abuse(W.W. Norton, 2016) is now also being implemented in civilian and military sites internationally.

RTI is grateful to have the opportunity to make such a difference in the lives of so many families.

“It’s Just A Choice” DVD available 

It's Just A Choice - DVD for saleRTI is pleased to announce our partnership with Films4Change, Inc, a not-for-profit organization in Australia that is on the cutting edge of producing videos for relationship abuse programs, demonstrating various aspects of abusive behavior and offering positive options for change. RTI's "STOP Program" is now integrating many of these video vignettes into our internationally-recognized programs treating relationship violence. To purchase copies of this DVD for use in group programs, please order from the RTI bookstore.

Watch this video interview of Dr. David B. Wexler from the University of Colorado Health conference: 

David B. Wexler, Ph.D. presented at the CeDAR-UCH Gender Matters, Men Matter (GMMM) Conference on “Recovery, Shame and Authenticity – Innovative Therapies for 21st Century Men.” In this interview, Dr. Wexler discusses a man’s search for his authentic self, counseling-phobia in men, finding courage to seek help and being a hero in relationships, the idea of the ‘broken mirror’, and working with men who are abusive in their relationships.
Click to view the video

The Relationship Training Institute (RTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1986 by David B. Wexler, Ph.D. to provide training, consultation, treatment, and research in the field of relationship development and relationship enhancement.

RTI offers an on-going series of informative workshops and state-of-the-art training programs for mental health professionals and for the public, bringing innovative leaders and teachers to the San Diego community. RTI staff also travel throughout the world training professionals in the treatment models that we have been developing and publishing for over 25 years.

RTI also coordinates with a network of outstanding mental health professionals to offer individual, couples, and group treatment, especially for relationships in conflict.

Approval to offer Professional CE Credits

The Relationship Training Institute is approved to offer Professional CE credits by the following organizations:

  • Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor
  • NAADAC The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • National Board for Certified Counselors

Relationship Training Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6181. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

RTI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Relationship Training Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


The STOP Program: 4th Edition

The Relationship Training Institute in San Diego is pleased to announce the latest book by RTI Executive Director David B. Wexler, Ph.D.

"The STOP Program:
4th Edition"

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Approving Organizations

APA American Psychological Association
The Relationship Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relationship Training Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
NAADAC Association for Addiction Professionals
CATC Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor
NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider
Judicial Council of California Administrative Office of the Courts
Nevada Attorney General
The Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts Continuing Education Units from providers approved by American Psychological Association and NBCC to offer CE credit.