The Neuroscience of Domestic Violence

The Neuroscience of Domestic Violence

The Marjaree Mason Center Presents:

The Neuroscience of Domestic Violence:

Clinical Intervention with the Brain in Mind

By: Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D.


  • To discuss the application of the concept of neuroplasticity and its relationship to domestic violence intervention.
  • To discuss secure base priming and its positive effect on affect regulation problems, such as domestic violence.
  • To explore the theory of embodied simulation and how imagination can be used to change behavior patterns in clients.
  • To discuss mirror neurons and how therapists can use them to better understand their clients and help them develop more adaptive affect regulation strategies.

When: Friday May 2, 2014

8:15 – 9 am: Registration

9 am – 5 pm: Training

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch on own


Cost: $125.00

$150.00 at the door

Students with current ID: $80

7 CEUs included

MMC BBS (Provider# 3135)


(Provider# NAADAC# 785)

Where:  Unitarian Universal Church

2672 E. Alluvial

Fresno CA 93720


Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in an independent practice in Sausalito, California. Since 1981, his work has focused on the treatment of individuals and couples facing a variety of interpersonal problems. In addition to his clinical experience, he has testified as an expert witness since 1977 in criminal cases where domestic violence is an issue. As one of the early specialists in the field of family violence, Dr. Sonkin has developed a widely used protocol for treating male batterers. His book, Learning to Live Without Violence: A Handbook for Men has been published in English, Spanish and Japanese and is utilized by treatment programs around the world. He is also the author of numerous articles and books on domestic violence and child abuse.

For the past twenty years he has been integrating attachment theory and neurobiology into his clinical work with perpetrators and victims of violence, as well as his general psychotherapy patients. He has co-edited a book with Don Dutton entitled Intimate Violence: Contemporary Treatment Innovations, published by Haworth Trauma and Maltreatment Press. In it, he and Don Dutton wrote a chapter on treating domestic violence from an attachment perspective.   Dr. Sonkin is on the editorial review board of the journal Partner Abuse: New Directions in Research, Intervention, and Policy and a special consultant to the journal Violence and Victims.


For more information on the training, please email

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, cancellations must be submitted in writing 5 days prior to event. Substitutions must be submitted in writing prior to event.

Cancellations received less than 5 days prior to event will not receive a refund.


For a registration form, contact Valerie Elwell, MFT Program Assistant or the Marjaree Mason Center.




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One response to “The Neuroscience of Domestic Violence”

  1. Liz, you are an inspiration to many. I have much admiration, respect and love for you. Your calm and steady demeanor has always ministered to my soul. No matter what shoes you might be wearing, I trust your steps are ordered by the Lord. Blessings to you always,