From Conceptualization to Engagement (FCTE) is our best two-day engagement strategy for healthcare professionals who are working in the field and have encountered trauma-related issues in their practices. It combines the right balance between conceptual issues that impact men, the relevant research relating to men’s developmental trauma (with a particular lens on childhood sexual trauma), all with the focus on clinical engagement in individual as well as group interventions.
The first day starts with an introduction to a male-centred approach to psychotherapy – an orientation that speaks directly to men’s subjective experiences. The training then explores male psychology as well as understanding of how this “coding” intersects with the lives of men facing trauma. An overview of current research on both male sexual abuse and assault follows. After an analysis of how trauma commences, we examine the post-traumatic response of how it bleeds into men’s lives. The day finishes with case-study examinations of male survivors, a conceptual lens to the recovery process, with video testimonies serving as expressions of healing.
The focus on Day 2 emphasizes a variety of clinical strategies working with male survivors, focusing particularly on psychodynamic and experiential approaches. Starting with an introductory framework of ego state theory, a variety of intra-psychic conceptions and clinical interventions will be considered utilizing this approach. A particular focus will include working with anger, rage and violence using a trauma-based framework. Applications of this therapeutic heavy-lifting will be made applicable to both individual and group engagement. Recognition of the role of strengths- focused strategies will also be presented before FCTE is over.
Lecture, role plays, dramatic presentations, experiential opportunities and group discussion are all utilized throughout both days to ensure thorough engagement with the participants. The content of FCTE is thoroughly road-tested for trauma recovery and are “male-friendly” in their design.