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Trainings and Presentations on Male Sexual Trauma

For clinicians and other providers working with men.
To schedule a training or presentation, or to inquire about our offerings, contact [email protected]


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. Each training and presentation we offer addresses 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.

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 Trauma

This presentation 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, and employ a lens of masculinity to enhance your existing skills when working with men.

This presentation 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 and 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


Workshop: Helpline Practices Serving Men

Advocates working with men on telephone or online helplines 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.

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.


Film Screening: The Bristlecone Project

This 30-min documentary film could be featured as a stand-alone screening; as a starting point for a community discussion about the issue; or as a teaching aid. “The Bristlecone Project” film is a powerful and effective vehicle for raising awareness about men’s potential to reclaim healthy, meaningful lives after experiencing sexual abuse or assault.

Appropriate for all levels of expertise.


One-Day: Male Sexual Trauma & Recovery

A one-day introductory training 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 training can serve as a prerequisite for participants wanting to engage in effective intervention strategies with this population. Read More >>

Two-Day: Cognitive & Experiential Learning

Two-day training with a strong clinical emphasis, combining conceptual training 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. Cognitive & Experiential Learning 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 training. Read More >>

Research on Male Survivors

Explore research opportunities, surveys, and research/reports on our research page.

Schedule a Training

To schedule a training or presentation, or to inquire about our offerings, contact [email protected] You can also sign up to be notified about upcoming training and engagement opportunities.