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4036 Third Avenue
San Diego, California,92103
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 tr... more.
Director of Psychological Services
Rancho Park Hospital
San Diego Domestic Violence Council
Chairman of the Treatment and Intervention Committee
Relationship Training Institute
About The Relationship Training Institute and workshops for Relationship Development, Domestic Violence Prevention, Domestic Abuse Assessment and Treatment
Executive Director: David B. Wexler, Ph.D.
David B. Wexler, Ph.D. Executive Director, Relationship Training Institute Dr. Wexler has 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. David B. Wexler, Ph.D. 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Your Relationship (2004), and Is He Depressed or What?: What to Do When the Man You Love is Moody, Irritable, and Withdrawn (2006).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 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 call 619.296.8103. David B. Wexler, Ph.D., Executive Director, Relationship Training Institute
The Relationship Training Institute provides workshops on Domestic Violence Prevention, Partner Abuse Assessment and Treatment, and Relationship Development Seminars
See this new video interview of Dr. David B. Wexler from the University of Colorado Health conference in 2014:
David B. Wexler, Ph.D. presented at the 2014 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 "Psychotherapy Excellence" Exclusive Interview: Dr. Jan Mojsa interviews Dr. David B. Wexler on men and shame RTI Executive Director David B. Wexler, Ph.D. explains how the traditional notions of masculinity such as 'men can't show their feelings' or 'men must not express their feelings' keep men away from psychological help and prevent them from accessing the benefits of counseling and psychotherapy. Click here to read the full interview 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. The Relationship Training Institute in San Diego is pleased to announce the latest book by RTI Executive Director David B. Wexler, Ph.D.
Workshops for Domestic Violence Prevention, Assessment and Treatment, and Relationship Development Seminars by The Relationship Training Institute
Includes a complimentary copy of Dr. Wexler's new treatment manual:
The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016) David B. Wexler, Ph.D. David B. Wexler, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Relationship Training Institute, which has provided group treatment services for more than 40,000 domestic violence offenders in military and civilian programs throughout the world. He is the author of the groundbreaking new treatment manual, The STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016). Dr. Wexler has received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association and Practitioner of the Year award from Division 51 of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of six books and numerous articles and book chapters on relationships in conflict. David B. Wexler, Ph.D. David B. Wexler, Ph.D.; Alyce LaViolette; Teresa Santana, SD DA Office; PLUS: A SPECIAL PRESENTATION by RTI Executive Director David B. Wexler, Ph.D. on "Infidelity, Attachment, And Domestic Violence" David B. Wexler, Ph.D., maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
-- David B. Wexler, Ph.D., Director,
Relationship Training Institute
Photograph: David Wexler 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.