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Workshop: Helpline Practices for Serving Men

To schedule a workshop, email [email protected]

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 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.  

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify 4 myths/ misunderstandings that may get in the way of men utilizing crisis services.
  • Describe 3 differences in attitude or tone that a man might display in describing his experiences.
  • Discuss 3 ways to modify core practices to address concerns men might have about revealing vulnerability.
  • Discuss 3 self-care strategies for advocates to identify and address their own reaction to potential difference in how males’ might approach the issue of sexual abuse or assault.
  • Name 3 resources specific to men healing from sexual abuse or assault.

Audience

For SV/DV program developers as well as outreach, prevention, and response teams, and other professionals looking to further engage male survivors of sexual abuse or assault through traditional and innovative outreach strategies. Not intended for survivors as a healing.