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 Oct 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM

Level 2 The Affective Component in BIP, October 28th and 29th, 2021 ONLINE SOLD OUT

Click here to register 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”...
Thu Nov 11 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM

Level 3: Mastering The Family Peace Initiative Approach November 11th and 12th

Click here to register Bringing everything together that has been learned in the Art of Facilitation and The Affective Component in BIP, this workshop is hands on with application. Designed for facil...

“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.

Battering Intervention Program (BIP)

Our Trauma-focused batterer intervention program is a minimum of 26 weeks in duration. The course includes an initial Assessment, an orientation class and 24 weekly group sessions.

Topics covered within the Family Peace Initiative curriculum include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and
  • The River of Cruelty
  • Integrity and Accountability
  • The Shadow 
  • The Golden Shadow
  • Negotiation and Fairness
  • Trust and Partnership
  • Parenting with Respect
  • Sexual Respect
  • Battering Motive
  • Guilt and Shame

    *The Family Peace Initiative Professional Facilitator's Guide may only be purchased upon completion of our Level 1 Art of Facilitation workshop

The Peaceful Families Prison Program

A Trauma-Focused Program for Incarcerated Women and Gender-Diverse People

Peaceful Families Philosophy

Description:  The Peaceful Families Program PFP was created in 2015 as part of the recognized need to help justice involved women to address:

  1. Impact of trauma on their lives
  2. Reduce behavior challenges within the prison setting, and
  3. Decrease recidivism among those who are released back into the community

Originally implemented as a pilot project, the Peaceful Families Program was developed using the Family Peace Initiatives “River of Cruelty” approach to trauma intervention. It  has expanded from the first original group of 9 women to 3 groups that each meet 2 times per week for 2 hours per session.

PFP is a voluntary, 6-month program that operates in a closed group fashion. Groups consist of 8 to 12 women. Participants can be referred by corrections staff, or personally request the opportunity to get involved. There is currently a waiting list at the Topeka Correctional Facility for entrance into PFP.

Impact on the facility graph

Curriculum Description

  • Designed as a strong mix of cognitive-behavioral and affective components
  • 8 sections; generally 3 weeks per section
  • Focus on the River of Cruelty

Facilitation Style and Skill

  • Emotionally capable to lead by example
  • Trauma-informed
  • Understand Gender-Responsivity

Philosophical Approach

  • Compassion, Integrity, and Expertise

What people are saying about the Peaceful Families Program:

“I feel relief, deep healing, love,  trust, I am good enough, and not angry… This groups has been the best thing that has happened for me.”

—A Graduate

“This class has taught me to see how the action or words of others can trigger the shadows that drag me into that “River of Cruelty”. Instead of acting in a negative way… I know I can deal with those people and things they say or do to me in a positive way.”

—A Graduate

“For the past 10 years, I have helped facilitate a self-help group at the women’s prison in Topeka, Kansas…All but a few of its members have experienced debilitating levels of emotional, physical, and sexual trauma.

Some of the members have taken the Peaceful Families class.  I don’t know what goes on over there, but I do know that the program’s graduates come back different. They are calm, thoughtful, ready to rebuild, and anxious to do something positive with their lives.”

—Dave Ranney, volunteer,
Reaching Out From Within Program

“Every person on my caseload who has ever been involved with Peaceful Families has commented on how much they have had to “dig deep” inside themselves. This not only serves as a vehicle for introspection and self-exploration but has had the effect of making them more willing and open to further self-exploration.

In my opinion, this curriculum gives a multi-layered gift to the individual and in turn the facility by giving them the opportunity to begin to learn and secondarily, whetting their appetites for more growth.”

—Deb Alexander, Unit Team Leader, KDOC

Training for Professionals

We offer training centered around helping people build healthy relationships. Our trainings are applicable for:

  • BIP Facilitators
  • Victim Advocates
  • K-12 Educators
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Parole Officers
  • Court Service Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists and Counselors


Family Peace Initiative through Halley Counseling Services, P.A offers consultations tailored to you and your agency’s needs. They are available on a regular and ongoing basis or in the short term. Consultation areas include:

  • Batterer Intervention Facilitator Supervision/training
  • Application of Trauma-Focused Intervention Strategies with a Variety of Populations
  • Program development and design
  • Becoming a certified BIP in Kansas
  • Victim/partner work in BIP
  • Batterer Intervention in the Prison Setting
  • Trauma informed Programming for incarcerated women

Speaking Engagements

Steve and Dorthy are routinely sought after for speaking engagements at conferences and events.  Please contact the Family Peace Initiative for details.  (785) 350-2858

Expert Witness

We take on a select few expert witness cases each year.

Please call 785.350-2858 for more information.