Men & Healing

A comprehensive, two-day training designed to enhance effective engagement with men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood, regardless of the presenting problem.

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Two-day training 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.

This training is ideal for clinicians, healthcare professionals; service-providers including prevention, domestic violence, homelessness, rape crisis and victim advocates; case managers, and other front-line staff who work with men in the course of their duties (e.g. addiction treatment, child protection, law enforcement, corrections workers.) Some clinical background is necessary to gain full benefit from all aspects of this training.

1in6 offers Men & Healing in regional trainings throughout the US.

The lead clinical trainer for 1in6 is Rick Goodwin, MSW RSW. Rick is the past Executive Director of The Men’s Project and current Clinical Director of Men & Healing in Ottawa, Canada. He is principal author of a specialized treatment model for male survivors of sexual abuse – a service that has been operating in Canada since 1998. The Men & Healing model has been twice peer-reviewed in terms of its clinical effectiveness, and serves as a model for community-based practice. Rick has co-authored five books on the subject of men’s issues, and he currently serves as Clinical Supervisor for 1in6.

Participants receive all presentation handouts, information about additional resources and digital access to waiting-room brochures. After the training, clinicians can apply to be listed on the 1in6 resource and referral page as having completed this 1in6 training.

Goals

  • Empower 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.
  • Address many of the practical and clinical concerns of mental health professionals working with male survivors of sexual abuse

Day 1 Objectives

  • List or be able to identify some fundamental assumptions of psychotherapy that conflict with the central tenants of masculinity.
  • Discuss research findings concerning male sexual abuse and male sexual assault.
  • Describe cultural myths about men who have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual interactions in childhood and how those myths impact on the lives of individual survivors.
  • Be able to discuss in general terms the human response to danger, and to identify co-factors that impact the degree of trauma experienced by a survivor.
  • Describe repercussions of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood for men under each of the following categories: mood and behavioral disturbances, cognitive impairment, gender and sexuality, and risk taking/dangerous behaviors.

Day 2 Objectives

  • Provide concrete examples that reflect proper assessment and engagement with a male survivor.
  • Learn to recognize issues of transference & countertransference as well as the client’s attachment style and how they can impact on the therapeutic relationship when working with men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.
  • Discuss ways that feelings of shame and rage experienced by men who had unwanted or abusive sexual interactions in childhood may impact current intimate partner violence.
  • Learn skills that can assist clients in their experience of flashbacks.
  • Learn specific strategies to assist a client in building internal strengths through the roles of restoration.

Audience

Clinicians; healthcare professionals; service-providers, including prevention, domestic violence, homelessness, rape crisis and victim advocates; case managers, and other front-line staff who work with men in the course of their duties (e.g. addiction treatment, child protection, law enforcement, corrections workers.)

Some clinical background is desirable to gain the full benefit from all aspects of this training

Time

Two days

For additional information please contact:

training(at)1in6.org