Steve Halley

Steve M.S. Halley, LSCSW, is the Director of the Family Peace Initiative, a program of Halley Counseling Services, P.A. Steve has focused his career on working with individuals and families. He has developed specialization in working with those who batter and currently serves on the Kansas Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.

Ending family violence with trauma-informed care:

Batterer Intervention
Speaking engagements
Peaceful Families Prison Program
Expert Witness Testimony
Family Peace Initiative Batterer Intervention Curriculum

Thu Mar 09 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM

The Art of Facilitation (Level 1)

The Art of Facilitation

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This is FPI’s most sought after workshop. While The Art of Facilitation is our foundational course, it is packed full of skills and ideas that can be immediately implemented by the beginning facilitators or the seasoned pro alike. Highly experiential - this workshop teaches the participant the value and risks of leading by example in group facilitation. Participants commonly share that they are impacted both professionally and personally by the skills and processes presented in this experience. This workshop has proven to be a valuable team building process for organizations as well as for individuals looking to improve their facilitation skills. Victim advocates, BIP facilitators, educators, alcohol and drug treatment providers are among the many professions that have benefited from the unique material presented.

In this intensive, experiential, two-day experience, participants will learn:


  • Leading by example in group work.
  • The Power of self-disclosure in group work.
  • The “River of Cruelty” intervention model.
  • Group work processes designed to increase introspection.
  • The “Shadow” process.
  • How to get to ownership quickly with resistant clients.
  • And much more!


* As the FPI approach is taught in a progressive manner through the 3 workshops, The Art of Facilitation is a pre-requisite for the Level 2 and level 3 trainings.

Thu Apr 27 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM

The Affective Component in BIP (Level 2)


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Implementing an affective component into a group program can bring a new level of intensity and exploration.The Affective Component in BIP is anything but an “anger management” approach. Strategies that increase participant introspection and personal responsibility with an affective focus are explored and demonstrated here. In the highly experiential approach that the Family Peace Initiative has become known for, this training gives the facilitator more tools and strategies that can be instantly applied. Building on the tools introduced in the Art of Facilitation, this workshop teaches the techniques and strategies needed to need to explore the adverse emotional world of group participants without ever providing an excuse for cruel behavior.

In this two-day training experience, participants will learn:

  • The impact of the Enlightened Witness
  • Expanding on the “Shadow”
  • How to guide participants down the emotional “funnel”
  • Working with adverse feelings
  • Psychological defenses: recognizing and getting past them.
  • Addressing shame with participants.
  • And much more!

The Affective Component in BIP training enables the attendee to add a new dimension into their facilitation approach. With the Level 2 training completed, the Level 3 workshop, Mastering the Family Peace Initiative will pull everything together.

art of war videoClick to view an excerpt form "The Art of War" DVD

"The Art of War" DVD

Surviving a “Survival-Based” Batterer

The “Art of War” is an interview with Stephanie, a victim of a survival-based batterer. She tells of her experience, from falling in love to surviving the desperation and rage of a man who was unable to let go. This video depicts the painful reality of many victims of domestic violence. More »

"Voices from the River" DVD

Lessons from Those Who have Battered

Hear the voices of those who have battered as they describe the process of moving away from cruelty and moving toward non-violence. Completers of the Family Peace Initiative Batterer Intervention Program share multiple aspects of their change process. More »