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Boys and Men Healing (DVD)

Boys and Men Healing (DVD)

by Kathy Barbini & Big Voice Pictures, 2010

This powerful documentary tells the stories of courageous men from various backgrounds who have experienced sexual abuse, found healing for themselves, and helped many others. The film is an  insightful and compassionate mix of storytelling and exploration  into issues which may affect men sexually abused as boys, including struggles with intimacy and the cycle of violence. Boys and Men Healing brings understanding, hope, and inspiration to men still struggling with the effects of sexual abuse, and to those who care about them or anyone interested in  learning more about this issue. It is a film that has the potential to transform individuals, families, and communities.

You can see excerpts below and buy the film here.

Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse

Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse

by Mike Lew, 2004, second edition

This is the ‘classic’ book on the topic, which has recently come out in a new edition, extensively revised and updated, including an expanded resources section.

Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men

Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men

by Richard Gartner, 1999

The authoritative work on psychodynamic therapy for this population.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

by Judith Herman, 1997

A classic still viewed by many as the best book ever written on psychological trauma and its treatment. Loaded with insights on ‘Complex PTSD’ and the ‘stages of recovery.’ However, men should know that Herman largely neglects their experiences of sexual abuse, comes from a “war of the sexes” feminist perspective, and over-simplifies things in terms of perpetrators and victims. Still, she brings together a great deal of research with decades of clinical wisdom and historical, political and moral insights. That is, despite the shortcomings, it’s still a great book.

Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide

Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide

by Christine Courtois & Julian Ford, 2009

Very comprehensive, the best single book on the treatment of complex trauma, with contributions from a broad range of clinicians and researchers.

Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress

Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress

by Elizabeth Vermilyea, 2000

A great book for helping clients learn and practice the self-regulation skills essential to recovering from child abuse. It’s particularly good on dealing with dissociative symptoms. As Mike Lew says, “This is one of the best – a clear, thoughtful workbook… Vermilyea is a genuine ally, providing concrete explanations and specific reasons for everything she suggests. [It] should be on the bookshelf of every professional who works with survivors [of child abuse].”

The Sexually Abused Male: Application of Treatment Strategies

The Sexually Abused Male: Application of Treatment Strategies

by Mic Hunter, 1990

Clinical text with many illuminating and useful chapters.

Treating Sexually Abused Boys: A Practical Guide for Therapists & Counselors

Treating Sexually Abused Boys: A Practical Guide for Therapists & Counselors

by Lisa Camino, 2000

Has received raved reviews from therapists who work with boys, especially those not experienced with this issue.

Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life

Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life

by Marylene Cloitre, Lisa Cohen, and Karestan Koenen, 2003

Presents an integrative psychotherapy approach grounded in extensive clinical experience and research, with session-by-session guidelines, and suggestions for tailoring interventions to individuals. Large-size format for easily copying handouts, worksheets, and other tools for managing symptoms, building emotion regulation and interpersonal skills, and processing traumatic memories and associated feelings.

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

by Lisa Najavits, 2001

A fantastic resource for clinicians working with men struggling from addiction and other posttraumatic symptoms related to unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences. As one of many rave reviewers puts it, this book gives therapists ‘the structure of a manual as well as the freedom to be a flexible, creative clinician.’

See Other Trainings to learn about training in this approach.

Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict

Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict

by Patrick Carnes, 1989

Classic book on treating sexual addiction, from a founder and leader in the field.

Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy

Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy

by Pat Ogden, Kekuni Mintun, and Claire Pain, 2006

A ‘body-oriented talking therapy’ for the psychological and physiological symptoms of trauma. This is a clinically and scientifically sophisticated book on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for psychological trauma, a very powerful and effective model and collection of methods that can be integrated with other approaches.

See Other Trainings to learn about training in this approach.

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model

by Richard Schwartz, 2001

The best introduction to one of the most effective and influential recently developed therapies, not only for the treatment of trauma but a variety of problems experienced by individuals, couples, and families.