We are pleased to outline our training services for professionals. Offered in Ottawa, the rest of Canada, in the U.S. through 1in6, inc., and internationally, we are proud of our 20-plus years of experience delivering cutting-edge training services:
A one-day training concerning male sexual trauma.
It Happens, It Matters is an introductory training on male sexual victimization. This training introduces basic concepts, theories and approaches to working with male survivors to front-line professionals and volunteers. In many cases, this is prerequisite learning before participants can engage in intervention strategies with this population.
This day provides a condensed orientation of this issue to front-line workers who come across male survivors in the course of their duties (e.g. victim services staff, child protection workers, police officers) or as a component to a broader conference or training on issues concerning victimization and victim services. It Happens, it Matters can also be combined with other one-day training events.
“This workshop/conference was a perfect fit for me and my work with inmates. I was impressed with the knowledge and skills of the presenters (you guys know your stuff)! I found the way that you explained and role- played key concepts… I think that sex/physical abuse is the root cause of the crimes/illness that the inmates commit.”
A two-day training on male sexual trauma and the recovery process.
From Conceptualization to Engagement combines conceptual training on male sexual victimization with core intervention skills and strategies designed to empower front-line workers to intervene with male survivors. This combination of trauma theory and practice, with an emphasis on experiential approaches, addresses many of the practical and clinical concerns of front-line professionals and volunteers.
From Conceptualization to Engagement is ideal for healthcare professionals, case counsellors, justice workers, victim services as well as other front-line staff who have some clinical engagement with clients. A counselling background is necessary to benefit from this training.
“We undertook an exhaustive search throughout the U.S. and Canada for an evidence-based training curriculum that would offer clinicians and other front-line providers who work with male survivors, a sophisticated, trauma- informed model for treatment. After carefully assessing an array of organizations and individuals working with men, we determined Men & Healing was far and away the best program model in existence.”
Steve LePore, ED, 1in6 Inc., Los Angeles, U.S.
A one-day training on first-stage engagement with male survivors.
This one-day training delivers what many front-line workers request most: a step-by-step training focusing on the process of intake, assessment and the curriculum basis for first-stage engagement with male survivors.
Based on the evidence-based Men & Healing phased model of working with male survivors, participants in Core Curriculum will be guided through the process of providing dedicated services men. From the first phone call to the psycho-educational curriculum for participants, this day accomplishes it all. Participants will receive the Participant Guidebook for this program.
Note: The two-day training From Conceptualization to Engagement is a pre-requisite for participants.
“Your guidebook is being looked at in the U.K. and E.U. as the foundation for good practice working with male survivors.”
Bob Balfour, Survivors West Yorkshire, Bradford, U.K.
A one-day or two-day training on a trauma-informed engagement with men.
Re-visioning Men is based on trauma-informed research examining the links between male childhood trauma and intimate partner violence. While many practitioners are aware that men who are prone to issues of rage and partner violence have a history of childhood abuse, there have been few intervention programs derived from this research and application.
This training focuses on the clinical implications of adopting a trauma-oriented understanding of rage and violence. In this regard, it questions whether the currently dominant “power and control” model offers a sufficiently comprehensive picture of the inner world of men who are assaultive. This training presents an alternative, more differentiated, approach to intervention with this population.
Re-visioning Men is ideal for mental health and other professionals, addiction workers, case workers, probation and other criminal justice workers, Partner Assault Response (PAR) program staff, forensic mental health service providers, correctional workers, and those front-line staff who have some clinical engagement with clients and students in related fields.
“Presenters: Excellent. I particularly appreciated the congruence between what they taught, and how they worked – amongst themselves and with the larger group. GREAT models of respect! Love that the expertise is “homegrown” and largely Canadian…”
A two-day training on group therapy for mental health practitioners.
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, Group Theory & Practice will help counsellors expand their services to groups – regardless of the service provided.
“From a woman’s perspective, this conference has been valuable in empathizing with the male in the sexually abused role. As universal as the techniques in healing (recovery) dealing with male sexual abuse is certainly imperative to have this information that has been presented in this conference. Thank you so much.”
A two-day training on the management and prevention of vicarious trauma.
For professionals who counsel men and women with histories of childhood abuse, vicarious traumatization (VT) is an occupational hazard. As a result of being repeatedly immersed in their clients’ stories of terror, cruelty, and despair, it is virtually impossible not to feel some degree of personal disturbance and disorientation. The difficult interpersonal dynamics they often experience with their clients also contribute to this effect. The risk of VT is particularly acute for those professionals who have themselves experienced childhood abuse and trauma.
Keeping the Spirit Alive focuses on the personal and professional activity that trauma workers need to engage in if they are to insulate themselves against VT and stay energized as helping professionals. It is time to dispel the myth that trauma work does not affect the trauma worker and to break down the barriers to discussing this topic. The intention of this workshop is to create a safe environment for acknowledging the toll trauma work takes on workers. It then aims to build knowledge and practices for reducing VT, as well as for experiencing the considerable rewards of doing trauma work. Combining educational and experiential exercises, this training will both strengthen counsellors’ clinical work and help them build anti-VT strategies into their work and personal lives.
“Solid 5 out of 5’s! Both presenters were highly knowledgeable and presented the material in a manner that the participants who came from different areas could find accessible. Well done!”
A two-day training concerning emotional integrity and well-being.
“Their work is vital to creating a world of less violence, less embodied trauma and more culturally competent providers.”
Michael Munson, Executive Director, FORGE, Milwaukee, U.S.
All training services include:
[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.