Many men who had traumatic sexual experiences as boys 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 childhood experiences play in their current problems. Because of socialized expectations about manhood, therapists and other professional sometimes do not recognize the connections between traumatic boyhood experiences and adult problems, or adequately consider them during assessment or treatment.
Current Trainings and Presentation Programs
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Overview of Trainings and Presentations
1in6 offers several training programs that explore the impacts of unwanted or abusive boyhood sexual experiences in the lives of men. These trainings highlight the most relevant issues for advocates and service providers from across a range of fields and levels of professional expertise. Trainings vary from a 90-minute breakout session for non-clinical service providers to a two-day training that’s ideal for clinicians and other advocates. All are appropriate for conferences, local and regional agency workshops, or as stand-alone seminars. Every training we offer address those aspects of men’s lives – both positive and negative – that can affect their ability and willingness to address harmful childhood experiences. These include race, class, nationality, immigration status, ability, religion, sexual orientation and other influences that must be respected and honored if real understanding and healing are to happen.
1in6 trainings increase advocates’ and service providers’ awareness of the many potential impacts of traumatic childhood 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, can prevent many negative emotional, social and physical outcomes. Bottom lines: Enhancing the well-being of men and their families and communities.
This 90- minute workshop for advocates and other professionals who work with men, provides an opportunity to consider the particular ways men may respond differently to childhood sexual abuse. Whatever your level of knowledge about working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, this interactive training may challenge you to rethink your current assumptions, examine your expectations and 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
- Special barriers men face in disclosing childhood abuse
- How cultural norms may inhibit men from seeking treatment (Gender expression, Sexual Orientation, 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
Because social norms for men often inhibit their effective emotional responses to childhood trauma, men often learn to cope other ways – sometimes not so effective ways. These may include addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, work, pornography and unsafe sexual practices; risky physical activities; issues with anger management; suicide, and physical violence. So instead of calling rape crisis centers or mental health clinics, male survivors often show up in court, rehab facilities, or in the ER without ever disclosing their secret. This 90-minute workshop will explore how providers working with men in clinical or non-clinical settings can remain sensitive and receptive to a possible underlying source of many men’s coping behaviors and provide resources. Also available as a Webinar! This workshop explores:
- Men’s presenting issues that may reflect a history of childhood sexual abuse.
- Resources and options for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse
- Ineffective coping strategies men use that may be related to childhood sexual abuse
- Ways men may respond differently from women to a history of abuse.
- Availability of resources for male survivors
- Social/cultural norms for men that inhibit male survivors from reaching out for help
- Self-care issues that may arise when working with male survivors
- Impact of abuse and resources for secondary survivors (family and loved ones)
Ongoing news stories that raise awareness about the sexual abuse of boys offer a great opportunity to encourage men to begin addressing their childhood sexual trauma. But how do you reach male survivors? How do you engage them, make them feel safe in stepping forward?
The 90-workshop is designed to help advocates, organizers and practitioners develop effective programs and awareness campaigns to approach the issue of childhood sexual abuse with men and with those who care about them. We will begin by discussing the 1in6 philosophy of outreach to men, strategies for defining outreach goals relevant to your organization’s needs; identifying exactly who you are trying to reach; explore which messages will be effective and which may be counter-productive; outreach and awareness campaign strategy model, a short review of the impacts of childhood sexual abuse on men; and the resulting barriers to getting help, as well as a review of resources. Also available as a Webinar!
This workshop explores:
- 1in6 outreach philosophy
- Basic outreach theory
- Strategic Planning Guide
- Practical strategic plan for your practice or organization’s outreach and awareness activities
- Common practices to increase social-media engagement
- Available resources for men
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 in childhood. This 90-minute workshop is for SV/DV program developers as well as outreach, prevention & response teams and other professionals looking to further engage male survivors of childhood sexual abuse 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 childhood 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.
Boys and Men Healing -Film screening and Discussion
- 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
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 >>
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 >>
Tracey Awad, Training Coordinator, at tracey(at)1in6.org and sign up for our 1in6 Training and Engagement Newsletter!