WORKSHOPS

The Relationship Training Institute offers a variety of workshops and training programs in the areas of relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. Our current workshops are listed below — click the appropriate links to view detailed information on each workshop, and to register online or to register by mail.

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WORKSHOPS  SCHEDULE   &   REGISTRATION

The STOP Program: Understanding & Treating Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century

40-Hour Domestic Violence Treatment Provider Certification Course

April 19-21 & 27-28, 2018 (Thu/Fri/Sat & Fri/Sat)

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The STOP Program: Understanding & Treating Intimate Partner Violence in the 21st Century

MEETS NEW CALIFORNIA REQUIREMENTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CERTIFICATION!

The STOP Program training model has been acclaimed internationally for outstanding integration of contemporary theory, research, and practice in the complex and quickly-changing world of DV intervention. This conference integrates the leading figures in the field and presents the information in a powerful, comprehensive, and always engaging style!

DESCRIPTION

Selected workshop days may be attended separately!

This five-day workshop provides a complete overview of the field of domestic violence, with specific training in group treatment and intervention. This program meets the state requirements for certification of treatment providers at approved agencies.

DAY ONE: “Behind The Scenes”
Offers a comprehensive view of the origins of domestic violence, the typologies of male batterers, and creative strategies for reaching even the most difficult and defended men.

DAY TWO: “Nuts & Bolts”
Outlines The STOP Program (3rd edition), the internationally-recognized group treatment program that integrates self-psychological treatment interventions with education about the politics of abuse and comprehensive skills training.

DAY THREE: “Victims of Domestic Violence”
Provides an inside look at the experience of DV victims, including special training on male victims and kids who witness DV—and the countertransference issues that counselors face.

DAY FOUR: “The Big Picture”
Morning Session: “Substance Abuse & Relationship Abuse”
The latest research on the relationship between substance abuse and domestic violence— and what to do about it.

Afternoon Session: “Coordinated Community Response”
Selected guest faculty from throughout the San Diego legal and law enforcement community.

DAY FIVE: “Diversity Issues”
Overview of DV and diversity issues/Generating interventions well-matched for minority culture offenders and victims.

David B. Wexler, Ph.D.

FACULTY

David B. Wexler, Ph.D.; Alyce LaViolette; Teresa Santana, SD DA Office;
Dan Plein, SDPD; Stacy Watnick, Ph.D.; Ellen Stein, Ph.D.;
Tyler Gabriel, Ph.D.; Gina Llamas, MFT; Leona Smith Di Faustino, LCSW;
Sandra Chase, MSW; Maria Leyva

DATES & TIMES

April 19-20 & 27-28, 2018 (Thu/Fri/Sat & Fri/Sat)
Workshop: 8:00am–5:00pm all days   Registration: 7:30am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$140-$165 — single day;  $485-$585 — full conference
Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 8.0-40.0 Professional CE Hours for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, addiction counselors (NAADAC, CAADE), and certified counselors (NBCC).

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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BOOKS BY DAVID B. WEXLER Ph.D.

STOP Domestic Violence Program
The STOP Program For Women Who Abuse
When Good Men Behave Badly
Men in Therapy
Is He Depressed or What?

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Suicide Therapies That Work

October 12, 2018 (Friday)

Presented in conjunction with Argosy University and SD-CAMFT

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Suicide Therapies That Work

All California psychologists will be required to attend a training in suicide therapies—this outstanding course meets all requirements for licensure and re-licensure!

DESCRIPTION

Suicide is on the rise in the United States, having gone up 24% between 1994 and 2014. It is the most common psychiatric emergency that therapists will encounter. Recent research has identified suicide-specific therapies that are effective in treating both suicidal ideation and behavior. The problem is that most therapists are not aware of them nor have they been trained in them, so most suicidal clients do not receive these potentially lifesaving treatments. For therapists with an active clinical practice, suicide is an occupational hazard that can be both emotionally and practically devastating—and 25% of family members of suicidal patients take legal actions against the patient’s mental health treatment team.

This workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity for therapists to implement these empirically validated, evidence-based treatments for suicide that are fast becoming the standard of care.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk
  • Recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will allow clinicians in practicing to the standard of care
  • Activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions
  • Find effective coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with clients who attempt suicide or actually commit suicide
  • Implement effective state-of-the-art crisis interventions for suicidal patients

FACULTY

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara and the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Senior Editor for the mental health website PsychAlive.org. She is the author of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and The Self under Siege. Dr. Firestone is a national and international presenter on the topics of suicide and violence as well as couple relationships and parenting, and she also blogs on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. You can visit the websites www.glendon.org and www.psychalive.org to learn more about her work.

DATES & TIMES

October 12, 2018 (Friday)
Workshop:  8:30am–3:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$150-$190 —Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students, Argosy University, San Diego Psychoanalytic Society, SDPA, and SD-CAMFT

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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Law and Ethics 2018: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Adolescents and Children: A Practical Workshop on Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Factors

October 26, 2018 (Friday)

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Law and Ethics 2018: Dilemmas in Clinical Work with Adolescents and Children

DESCRIPTION

The Most Informative And Entertaining Ethics Training Anywhere In California!

PROGRAM:

Consent

  • What Does “Minor Consent” Really Mean?
  • Initial Agreements: Verbal and Written

Confidentiality

  • Privilege-holders and Privacy: Where to Draw the Line

Multi-Lateral Collaboration

  • Who Needs to Know What?

Mandated Abuse Reporting for Adolescents and Children

  • Practices and Procedures

Special Issues in Record-Keeping for Adolescents and Children

Ethical and Legal Issues Specific To Typical Presenting Problems

  • Acting Out Behaviors
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Substance Abuse

Special Considerations Regarding Divorced Families

Social Media and Cyberspace: Ethical an Legal Issues

  • Texting
  • Face book
  • Cybersex

Clinician-Specific Factors

  • Trait-Related Challenges/Countertransference

FACULTY

Ellen Stein, Ph.D.

Ellen Stein, Ph.D., is a forensic and clinical psychologist in practice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Stein is a former Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics with Alliant International University as well as the University of San Diego, National University and United States International University. She specializes in forensic consultation, assessment and expert witness testimony in civil, criminal and military courts martial matters. Previously serving as the Vice Chair of the California Psychological Association's Ethics Committee for three years, Dr. Stein provided consultation on law, ethics and clinical issues in the practice of psychology, and she is a court appointed expert for the Superior Court of California, San Diego. In addition, Dr. Stein was recently appointed to the California Board of Psychology's Enforcement Program, as an Expert Reviewer, for matters involving complaints against a psychologist. She has published extensively on legal and ethical issues in the practice of psychology, and her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

October 26, 2018 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–3:30pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145-$175 —Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours. Meets Requirements For Ethics Training For Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, And MFTs.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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ACT BootCamp Bay Area

February 21-24 (Thursday-Sunday), 8:00AM to 4:30PM

(Note: This is NOT an RTI-sponsored event, but RTI mailing list members receive a $50 discount. Use code BOOTCAMP19 at checkout.)

Suicide Therapies That Work

March 29, 2019 (Friday)

Presented in conjunction with SD-CAMFT and SDNC-CAMFT

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Suicide Therapies That Work

NEW REGULATIONS: ALL CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGISTS REQUIRED TO ATTEND TRAINING IN SUICIDE THERAPIES (STARTING 2020) AND NOW ALL MFTs/LCSWs ALSO REQUIRED (STARTING 2021)—ENROLL IN THE BEST COURSE IN CALIFORNIA AND TAKE CARE OF THIS NOW!

DESCRIPTION

Suicide is on the rise in the United States, having gone up 24% between 1994 and 2014. It is the most common psychiatric emergency that therapists will encounter. Recent research has identified suicide-specific therapies that are effective in treating both suicidal ideation and behavior. The problem is that most therapists are not aware of them nor have they been trained in them, so most suicidal clients do not receive these potentially lifesaving treatments. For therapists with an active clinical practice, suicide is an occupational hazard that can be both emotionally and practically devastating—and 25% of family members of suicidal patients take legal actions against the patient’s mental health treatment team.

This workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity for therapists to implement these empirically validated, evidence-based treatments for suicide that are fast becoming the standard of care.

In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk
  • Recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will allow clinicians in practicing to the standard of care
  • Activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions
  • Find effective coping strategies for the emotional impact of working with clients who attempt suicide or actually commit suicide
  • Implement effective state-of-the-art crisis interventions for suicidal patients

FACULTY

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara and the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Senior Editor for the mental health website PsychAlive.org. She is the author of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and The Self under Siege. Dr. Firestone is a national and international presenter on the topics of suicide and violence as well as couple relationships and parenting, and she also blogs on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. You can visit the websites www.glendon.org and www.psychalive.org to learn more about her work.

DATES & TIMES

March 29,2019 (Friday)
Workshop:  8:30am–3:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$150-$190 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students, San Diego Psychological Association, SD-CAMFT, SDNC-CAMFT, San Diego Psychoanalytic Society

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

Register for Workshops Online    Register for Workshops by Mail or Fax

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“You Said What?”: Becoming a Better Supervisor 2019

April 5, 2019 (Friday)

Presented in conjunction with SD-CAMFT and SDNC-CAMFT

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

“You Said What?”: Becoming a Better Supervisor 2019

DESCRIPTION

MEETS REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPERVISOR TRAINING FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS, CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS*, AND MFTs!  (*LCSWs may need additional training to meet full requirements)

Competency-based clinical supervision has become an essential component that requires a transformation of practice. In this workshop, participants will learn contemporary models to assess the competence of the supervisee—AND the supervisor. Based on models from extensive research in this field, participants will learn to construct the supervision contract, give feedback anchored to supervisee performance, implement evaluation and outcome assessment, infuse diversity in all aspects of practice, promote self-care, and model a proactive approach to ethical and legal issues including digital age dilemmas. The integration of these complex and essential issues will be taught through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, skill-building exercises and video demonstrations. Topics include:

  • Dynamic and effective supervision practices that are evidence-based
  • “Real world” challenges faced by novice expert supervisors in conducting competency-based clinical supervision
  • The three essential aspects of supervisor competence
  • Identifying and repairing strains and ruptures to the supervisory alliance
  • Ethical dilemmas in supervision in the digital era and steps to problem-solve
  • Addressing Problematic Supervisee Behavior

FACULTY

Carol Falender, Ph.D.

Carol Falender, Ph.D. is co-author of four books on clinical supervision including Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2004), Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns (2012), and Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2014). Dr. Falender is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology.

DATES & TIMES

April 5, 2019 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–3:30pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145-$175 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students, San Diego Psychological Association, SD-CAMFT, SDNC-CAMFT, San Diego Psychoanalytic Society

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours for psychologists, LCSWs*, and MFTs.
* LCSWs may need additional training to meet full requirements.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

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BOOKS BY CAROL FALENDER, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervision
Casebook for Clinical Supervision
Getting The Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision
Multiculturism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision

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Superhero Therapy: Building Emotional Resilience Skills by Becoming a Superhero In Real Life!

May 10, 2019 (Friday) — RETURN ENGAGEMENT!

Presented in conjunction with SD-CAMFT and SDNC-CAMFT

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Superhero Therapy: Building Emotional Resilience Skills by Becoming a Superhero In Real Life!

RETURN ENGAGEMENT—Here’s what attendees said about the Superhero Therapy workshop in 2017:

  • “Leaving feeling super motivated”
  • “Amazing job. Can’t wait for the next training!”
  • “You are a gift to your clients and students!”
  • “Professional, entertaining, and knowledgeable”
  • “One of the best classes I’ve taken in years!”
  • “Best training I have ever done!”
  • “Dynamic, clear, and thorough”
  • “Passionate in what she is teaching”
  • “So engaging, applicable, and fun”

DESCRIPTION

Popular culture, including superheroes and characters from fantasy and science fiction, has become an important part of American culture. Superhero Therapy incorporates pop culture examples as metaphors for teens and young adult clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, addiction disorders, (as well as clients on the autism spectrum) into evidence-based treatments--including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

So many people relate to popular culture icons, such as superheroes, as well as characters from fantasy (such as Harry Potter), and science fiction (such as Star Wars)—and the Superhero Therapy approach will demonstrate how therapists can help clients process their own experiences and generate change.

Superhero Therapy involves more than just enhancing therapeutic alliance with clients who connect with pop culture elements. It involves actively integrating pop culture with behavioral modification skills, such as behavioral exposures, mindfulness, and committed action to increase client buy-in and enhance treatment outcomes. The workshop will include discussion about the relevance of Superheroes given the stress of contemporary life and how they can add motivation, humor, meaning and emotional valence to psychotherapy.

Join international speaker/trainer Dr. Janina Scarlet in exploring Superhero Therapy and learn how to help your clients in promoting positive changes

After all, even Superheroes need help sometimes.

In this workshop you will learn how to...

  • Help clients identify personal origin stories
  • Incorporate pop culture into evidence-based treatment, such as CBT, DBT, and ACT
  • Utilize narrative exposure therapy (NET) techniques using pop culture
  • Incorporate interactive choice-based game into therapy
  • Use Superhero Therapy to promote behavioral changes

FACULTY

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D.

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, an author, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Her work has been featured on BBC, CNN, CW, ABC, Huffington Post, the Nerdist, Bleeding Cool, and many other outlets. She is also a known panelist at San Diego Comic and maintains the Superhero Therapy blog, as well as blogs for Psychology Today, and SYFY where she discusses trends in popular culture as they apply to psychology. Dr. Scarlet is the author of Superhero Therapy, Harry Potter Therapy, Therapy Quest, Dark Agents, and has contributed to a number of pop culture psychology books, such as Star Wars Psychology, Wonder Woman Psychology, Game of Thrones Psychology, and many others.

DATES & TIMES

May 10, 2019 (Friday)  —  Workshop: 8:30am–4:00pm;   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145-$175 — Discounts available for Early Bird, Allied Agencies, Full-Time Students, SDPA, SD-CAMFT, SDNC-CAMFT, San Diego Psychoanalytic Society

CE HOURS

Earn 6.5 Professional CE Hours.

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

Register for Workshops Online    Register for Workshops by Mail or Fax

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Law and Ethics 2019: Risk Management in Clinical Practice

May 17, 2019 (Friday)

Presented in conjunction with SD-CAMFT and SDNC-CAMFT

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Law and Ethics 2019: Risk Management in Clinical Practice

DESCRIPTION

MEETS REQUIREMENTS FOR ETHICS TRAINING FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS, CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS, AND MFTs!

The Latest Information You Have To Know About Law & Ethics In 2018 —
New Presentations On...

  • Telehealth: Using Skype, Cell Phones and Text Messaging with Patients
  • Confidentiality in Treating Minors of Divorced Parents
  • Standards for Psychological Testing: Remote Assessment and Technology
  • Responding to Ethical, Licensing and Malpractice Complaints

In this workshop you will also find the answers to these questions that every clinician needs to know:

  • What exactly is “malpractice”?
  • Have the laws and regulations changed since I was licensed?
  • What exactly is the NEW Tarasoff Warning?
  • How do I comply with HIPAA’s new security standards?
  • What constitutes “boundary violations”, and what are the risks?
  • How should my policies change because of The Patriot Act?
  • How do I deal with the death of my patient?
  • And how does a “Professional Will” help prepare for my own?

FACULTY

Ellen Stein, Ph.D.

Ellen G. Stein, Ph.D., is a forensic and clinical psychologist in practice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Stein is a former Adjunct Professor of Law and Ethics with Alliant International University as well as the University of San Diego, National University and United States International University. She specializes in forensic consultation, assessment and expert witness testimony in civil, criminal and military courts martial matters. Previously serving as the Vice Chair of the California Psychological Association's Ethics Committee for three years, Dr. Stein provided consultation on law, ethics and clinical issues in the practice of psychology, and she is a court appointed expert for the Superior Court of California, San Diego. In addition, Dr. Stein was recently appointed to the California Board of Psychology's Enforcement Program, as an Expert Reviewer, for matters involving complaints against a psychologist. She has published extensively on legal and ethical issues in the practice of psychology, and her workshops are known for her outstanding interweaving of valuable training with an entertaining and engaging style.

DATES & TIMES

May 17, 2019 (Friday)  —  Workshop:  8:30am–3:30pm   Registration: 8:00am

LOCATION

National University-Spectrum Campus, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego CA 92123

FEES

$145–$175 — Discounts available for early registration, Allied Agencies, Full-time Students, SD-CAMFT, SDNC-CAMFT, San Diego Psychological Association, San Diego Psychoanalytic Society

CE HOURS

Earn 6.0 Professional CE Hours. Meets requirements for ethics training for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, drug and alcohol counselors (NAADAC), and certified counselors (NBCC).

SPONSOR, CONTACT & LINKS

Relationship Training Institute
Contact: or 619-296-8103 ext.10

Workshop Flier: Download the workshop flier (PDF)

Register for Workshops Online    Register for Workshops by Mail or Fax

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Discounted Workshop Rates

Allied Agency staff receives discounted rates for Training Workshops

• Brandman University College, San Diego
• Center for Community Solutions
• Home Start
• IntraPsychic Clinic
• Pacific Coast Counseling
• Paradise Valley Hospital,
   Bayview Behavioral Health Campus
• San Diego Center for Children
• San Diego Family Justice Center
• San Diego Phobia Foundation
• San Diego Youth & Community Services
• San Diego YMCA
• The San Diego LGBT Community Center

All Workshop Professional CE Hours are approved by:

NAADAC Addiction Professionals – #88671
NBCC Certified Counselors – #6181

RTI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. David B. Wexler, Ph.D., maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Relationship Training Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

DV Workshop CE Hours:

  • The STOP Program: 40-Hour Calif. DV Treatment Provider Certification Training.
    Approved by the State of Nevada Committee on Domestic Violence.
  • Staying Ahead of The Curve: Two-day (16 Hour) workshop attendance meets full requirements for Advanced DV training to maintain 40-Hour DV Certification.
    Approved for 4-Hour Annual Update for California Court-Appointed Child Custody Investigators & Evaluators, and by the State of Nevada Committee on Domestic Violence.