A one-day training on the case statement for addressing men’s trauma.
Truth Telling is our introductory training on men’s developmental trauma, with a particular lens on childhood sexual trauma. It offers a primer on the theories and conceptual approaches to working with male survivors, with a specific focus on men’s experiences of sexual abuse and assault.
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 case-study examinations of male survivors, 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.
“5++ for presenters. Exceeded expectations! Will be attending another training. So very glad I signed up for all the sessions. This was very much more than I expected and I will do more research (books, etc.) on my own. Thanks!” – Training participant
A one-day training on trauma-informed engagement with men.
Re-Visioning Men’s Anger, Rage & Violence is based on trauma-informed research examining the links between male childhood abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV). While many practitioners are aware that most men who are prone to rage and partner violence have a significant history of childhood abuse, few intervention programs are derived from this research and application.
This training focuses on the clinical implications of adopting a trauma-oriented understanding of IPV. This fearless training challenges whether the current dominant “power and control” model of IPV offers a comprehensive picture of the inner world of men who are assaultive, let alone offering a way of change. Using a trauma lens, this training arguably offers more nuanced, respectful and promising approach to clinical interventions with this population.
“I found the mix of lectures and experiential teaching very appropriate. Facilitators were well informed and very capable to get their information across in a clear fashion. Enjoyed it and intend to use information at my work.” – Training participant
A three-day process training on male sexual trauma, trauma therapy and healing of men.
Working It Through combines conceptual training on male sexual trauma with specific intervention skills and strategies to empower frontline workers to intervene purposely with men who have experienced trauma. This combination of trauma theory and practice – with an emphasis on cognitive, psychodynamic and experiential approaches – addresses many of the practical and clinical concerns of front-line helping professionals. Using a variety of learning modalities, this training delivers a steady-paced, participatory and focused opportunity for in-depth learning.
The first day begins by exploring both personal and cultural values associated with masculinity, male psychology and the therapeutic process. In particular, the intersection between men’s gender coding with their reality of facing their wounds is explored: Why are men reluctant to seek help? Men’s trauma is then charted via current research on sexual abuse and sexual assault as foundations of understanding. The notion of trauma is further explored conceptually as well as through experiential portrayal, video testimonials and small-group learning.. The day finishes with a trauma-informed meditation – another skill to stay strong in this line of work.
The second day emphasizes a variety of clinical strategies working with male survivors, which are demonstrated though lecture, role plays, dramatic presentations, experiential opportunities and group discussion. Psychodynamic and experiential skills are taught that are both road-tested for trauma recovery and are “male-friendly” in their design. Again, there is opportunity for deeper reflection in both small and large group discussions, finishing with a grounding meditation before the day concludes.
The third day tackles some of the most challenging aspects of men’s work: addressing anger, rage and violence, as well as understanding compulsive and problematic aspects of men’s sexual behaviour. Understanding and addressing shame is the day’s theme – seeing it as the “master emotion” when it comes to effective and respectful engagement. The day balances insight, conceptualization and meaningful approaches to engaging on these issues. The training finishes with strengths-based exercises for the participants, along with multi-faceted reflections of men’s healing. We say goodbye after the final meditation experience.
Overall, Working It Thorough lends itself to groups that are committed to deeper learning, as well as those with varied academic and professional backgrounds and particularly to those who recognize the challenges of trauma-skills development in light of their own adverse childhood experiences. Learning occurs in both small and large group activities, offering reflection around personal strengths and professional challenges. Lastly, there is sufficient ‘flex” to address the unique aspects of each learning group. In sum, Working It Through offers the best of trauma-intervention training combined with reflection for personal and professional growth.
“Prior to this conference, I had limited desire to work with more male clientele. Now with more valuable techniques, I feel better equipped and assured of my abilities. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and techniques.” – Training participant
A one-day training on first stage engagement with male survivors.
This one-day training delivers what many mental-health professionals, sexual-trauma services and frontline workers request most: a step-by-step training on the process of intake, assessment and the curriculum basics for first-stage engagement with male survivors. This training is applicable to both individual psychotherapy as well as dedicated group programming.
Adhering to the tri-phasic model of trauma recovery and derived from the evidence-based Men & Healing program of working with male survivors, participants in Core Curriculum will be guided through the process of providing services to men. From receiving the client’s first call, to conducting an assessment, to learning about the foundational psycho-educational curriculum relevant to individual or group practice, this day accomplishes it all.
Much of the learning will be experiential, lending itself to group engagement and facilitation. Participants will receive the “Men & Healing Participant Guidebook” as part of this training.
“Rick did a fabulous job, great presenter, super knowledgeable.” – Training participant
A one-day training on group therapy for mental-health service providers.
Many theorists discuss why group work is a preferred model of intervention with trauma survivors: it lessens the isolation faced in individual therapy, allows one’s testimony to be witnessed, and creates a supportive learning atmosphere that can benefit all participants. However, practitioners often do not have the skill set to carry out group practice.
This training teaches both group process as well as group intervention skills to allow for dynamic yet safe engagement with clients. Utilizing techniques from “Opening Circle” to group experiential exercises, A Finger Cannot Pick Up a Stone will help counsellors expand their services to groups – regardless of the service provided.
“Powerful material, delivered eloquently. Rick kept his audience engaged and interested throughout. Glad I was given the opportunity. Thank you.” – Training participant
A two-day training concerning self-awareness, emotional regulation and interpersonal expression for men.
Folks of all genders and walks of life want to “be heard.” This core need is fundamental to the notion of emotional integrity and is expressed in its relationship with ourselves, significant others, and our ability to connect as humans. If this is the need of your clients, then this is the training for you.
Emotional integrityis both a core value in the psychotherapy field as well as a core outcome in clinical work. Based on 25+ years of providing the Emotional Integrity group therapy program (previously known as Emotional Intelligence) to men, this training helps practitioners bolster the psycho-social needs and skills of their male clients.
Men face a variety of roadblocks to emotional integrity – the traditional male code is arguably one of the biggest barriers to authentic interpersonal connection. Aside from gendered conditioning, past trauma, emotional dysregulation, affective numbing, and habitual over-expression of anger and rage play a part in diminishing emotional integrity. Once these stumbling blocks are addressed, there is still a need to deepen and refine elements of self knowledge as well as to practice interpersonal connection with others. Whether the modality is group programming or individual psychotherapy, this training addresses of the core needs of male clients around cultivating greater emotional regulation and interpersonal skills.
Using a variety of learning methods (e.g., lecture, small group work, role play and experiential exercises), participants in Emotional Integrity will be empowered to incorporate this awareness and newfound skills into their practice. Whether the goal is to work with clients’ perception, utilization, expression, and/or regulation of emotions, or ability to experience intimacy, this training is vital for those who work with male clients.
“The two facilitators were fantastic, very knowledgeable and fun. I had a great two days. Thank you.” – Training participant
[Their] commitment to the issue of male childhoood sexual abuse and the needs of men goes far and beyond their sophisticated treatment services – they are indeed advocates, innovators and forerunners in this important field.
Kathy Barbini, Director of Boys & Men Healing, Big Voice Pictures, U.S.