1in6 Trainings & Presentations

Educating clinicians and other providers about links between unwanted or abusive sexual experiences and a variety of problems in men’s lives, and state of the art treatment options.

Visit our events page to see upcoming trainings, webinars, and engagements.

To schedule a training or presentation, or if you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

The Need

Many men who had traumatic sexual experiences struggle with disrupted relationships and careers as well as physical and mental health issues including depression, substance abuse, and self-destructive or violent behaviors. These men often seek (or are mandated into) treatment for a range of health and behavioral issues without disclosing – or even recognizing – the role that their negative experiences play in their current problems. Because of socialized expectations about manhood, therapists and other professional sometimes do not recognize the connections between traumatic experiences and presenting issues, or adequately consider them during assessment or treatment.

Trainings & Presentations

Overview

1in6 offers several programs that explore the impacts of unwanted sexual experiences in the lives of men. These trainings and presentations highlight the most relevant issues for advocates and service providers from across a range of fields and levels of professional expertise. All are appropriate for conferences, local and regional agency workshops, or as stand-alone seminars. Every training or presentation we offer address the intersectionality of men’s lives which can affect their ability and willingness to address harmful experiences. These include race, socioeconomic status, nationality, immigration status, ability, religion, sexuality, and other influences that must be respected and honored if real understanding and healing are to happen.

The Benefits

1in6 trainings and presentations increase advocates’ and service providers’ awareness of the many potential impacts of traumatic sexual experiences on men’s mental and physical health. This knowledge and understanding fosters greater understanding and compassion, and more effective services. Earlier identification of this common underlying source of suffering, paired with more effective interventions, may mitigate negative emotional, social and physical outcomes. Bottom lines: Enhancing the well-being of men and their families and communities.

Normalizing the Conversation: The 101 on Male Sexual Abuse and Assault

Considers the particular ways men may respond differently to sexual trauma, and explores how providers working with men can remain sensitive & receptive to this possible underlying source.

Because social norms affect men’s responses to sexual trauma, male survivors often mask their experiences with other presenting issues: emotional dysregulation, substance abuse, compulsive behaviors, suicide, rage, & violence.This interactive presentation may challenge you to rethink current assumptions, examine expectations & to employ a lens of masculinity to enhance your existing skills when working with men.  Also available as a Webinar!

This workshop explores:

  • Common misunderstandings about men and sexual abuse and assault
  • Special barriers men face in disclosing sexual abuse or assault
  • How cultural norms may inhibit men from seeking treatment (gender expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, faith…)
  • The importance and role of language in advocacy & education
  • Helpful audit tools for program effectiveness
  • Discussion of existing resources and the challenge of finding therapists specifically trained to work with male survivors of sexual abuse
  • Guidance on the critical need to remain neutral when raising the issue of sexual abuse or responding to a disclosure

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Hotline Practices: Serving Male Survivors 

Advocates working with men on telephone or online support lines may encounter particular challenges to engaging men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. This workshop is for SV/DV program developers as well as outreach, prevention & response teams and other professionals looking to further engage male survivors of sexual abuse or assault through traditional and innovative outreach strategies. Also available as a Webinar!

This workshop includes:

  • A discussion of specific scenarios and issues that might arise working with male survivors in crisis.
  • An examination of misunderstandings and fears that might discourage a man from disclosing sexual abuse experiences.
  • An assessment of ways that core skills might be modified to work more effectively with male survivors.
  • A review of the effects of sexual trauma on male survivors and how it sometimes differs from the effects on female survivors.
  • An exploration of socialized biases and beliefs about men that might impact participants’ effectiveness in working with male survivors.  

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Boys and Men Healing -Film screening and Discussion

90- or 120-minute breakout workshop, offered in collaboration with Big Voice Pictures and built around their emotionally powerful and hopeful film, “Boys and Men Healing,” an intimate portrayal of three men’s dynamic recoveries from traumatic boyhood sexual experiences. Through interactive discussion about challenges male survivors face, as portrayed in the film, participants explore:
  • Internal and socialized barriers to accessing effective treatment
  • Influences of race, nationality, class, sexual orientation, immigration status and ability on impact and response
  • How to find and assess available resources
  • Guidance about talking supportively with a man about his experiences
Appropriate for all levels of expertise.

It Happens, It Matters:  A One-Day Presentation Concerning Male Sexual Trauma & The Recovery Process

A one-day introductory presentation on male sexual victimization, which offers a primer on the basic concepts, theories and approaches to working with male survivors to frontline professionals and volunteers. In many respects, the presentation can serve as a prerequisite for participants wanting to engage in effective intervention strategies with this population. Read More >>


Men & Healing: Two Days of Cognitive and Experiential Learning and Skills Presentation

Two-day presentation with a strong clinical emphasis, combining conceptual presentations on the range of men’s responses to unwanted or abusive sexual experiences with training in core intervention strategies and skills. Empowers service providers to actively intervene with men who have had traumatic sexual experiences, whether they initially disclose histories of sexual abuse or present with other, seemingly unrelated issues. A combination of theory and practice with an emphasis on experiential approaches addresses many of mental health professionals’ practical and clinical concerns. Men & Healing is ideal for healthcare professionals, case managers, criminal justice and victim-service advocates, and other front-line staff who have some clinical engagement with clients. A clinical background is useful to benefit from all aspects of the presentations. Read More >>

Webinars

1in6 is dedicated to reaching those who want and need training from all across the country, regardless of location. As such, our webinar offerings provide those who work with men the tools they need to better serve their clientele, from the comfort of their office chair. Read More >>

To schedule a presentation for your organization, school, or community group, as well as all other additional information please contact: [email protected]