For Professionals
Truth Telling: A one-day training on the case statement for addressing men’s trauma

Truth Telling is the introductory crash course training on men’s developmental trauma, with a particular research lens on childhood sexual trauma. It offers a primer on the theories and conceptual approaches to working with male survivors – a necessary precursor to those who want to engage with this population therapeutically.

The 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 a conceptual lens to the recovery process, with video testimonies serving as expressions of healing.

Truth Telling is a prerequisite for participants who wish to engage in further training concerning intervention strategies with this population.


To schedule a training or presentation, or to inquire about our offerings, contact [email protected]

1 day (6.5 hours).

In-person or online.


Learning Style:
Structured, combining lecture with small group work, role plays, and video debriefings.

Best suited for mental health professionals, first responders, peer-support workers, justice system staff – anyone who has frontline engagement with male clients.

Group Size:
While the ideal group size for participatory learning is up to 20, larger groups can certainly be accommodated.

Curriculum Detail

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • A Primer on Male-Centred Approaches to Therapy
  • The Intersection of Male Socialization with Male Sexual Trauma
    • The Male Code Gender Role Strain
    • Psychotherapy vs. Masculinity
    • A Research Primer on Male Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault
    • Cultural Delusions
  • The Aftermath of Sexual Abuse
    • The Human Response to Danger Dissociation & the Traumatic Response
  • The Repercussions
    • Mood & Behaviour Disturbances
    • Cognitive Impairment
    • Gender & Sexuality
    • Relational Issues
    • Risk Taking & Dangerous Behaviors
  • The Wobble: An Adaptation of the Dialectic of Trauma
  • Expressions of the Survivors’ Journey:
    • Testimony as Healing
    • Screening of The Bristlecone Project video
    • Tri-Phasic Service Engagement Strategy
  • Closing