May a participant be involved in more than one type of treatment while enrolled in a domestic violence perpetrator treatment program?
(1) A program may allow a client to participate in other types of therapy during the same period the client is participating in the required weekly group treatment sessions.
(2) Any other type of therapy must support the goal of victim safety by facilitating change in the participant's abusive behavior without blaming the victim for the perpetrator's abuse.
(3) The program must determine that the participant is stable in the participant's other treatments before allowing the participant to participate in treatment for domestic violence.
(4) Other therapies including the following list may not be substituted for the required domestic violence perpetrator treatment sessions:
(a) Individual therapy;
(b) Marital or couples' therapy;
(c) Family therapy;
(d) Substance abuse evaluations or treatment; or
(e) Anger management.
(5) A program may recommend marital or couples' therapy only after:
(a) The participant has completed at least six months of domestic violence perpetrator treatment services; and
(b) The victim has reported that the participant has ceased engaging in violent and/or controlling behaviors. However, this therapy may not take the place of domestic violence perpetrator treatment session.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 26.50.150
. WSR 01-08-046, § 388-60-0095, filed 3/30/01, effective 4/30/01.]