Working with Men Sexually Abused in Childhood

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 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 negative behaviors and provide resources. Also available in 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)

Goals

  • To sensitize providers working with men in non-clinical and clinical settings about the various presenting issues that may reflect a history of childhood sexual abuse.
  • Increase participants’ knowledge of resources and options for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse regardless of their presenting issues.
  • Increase participants’ ability to support men’s effort to identify and engage with effective targeted services for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
  • Support participant’s self-care and an awareness of the importance of how men’s responses to trauma may take surprising forms, requiring specific reflections about boundaries and expectations.

Audience

A 90-minute workshop for non-clinical and clinical service providers as well as other professionals working with boys and men. Not intended for survivors as a healing tool.

Time

90 minutes

For additional information please contact:

Martha Lucia Marin, Training & Community Engagement Director martha(at)1in6.org

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