Our Training Menu
We are pleased to outline our training services for professionals. Offered in Ottawa or the rest of Canada, we are proud of our near 20 years of experience delivering cutting-edge training services:
It Happens, It Matters:
A one-day training concerning male sexual trauma
It Happens, It Matters is an introductory training on male sexual victimization. The purpose of this training is to serve as an introduction to the basic concepts, theories and approaches to working with male survivors to frontline professionals and volunteers. In many respects, this is prerequisite learning before participants can engage in intervention strategies with this population.
This day is ideal to provide 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.”
From Conceptualization to Engagement:
A two-day training on male sexual trauma and the recovery process
From Conceptualization to Engagement combines the conceptual training on male sexual victimization along with core intervention skills and strategies designed to empower frontline workers to actively 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 frontline 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 all of the aspects of this training.
“We undertook an exhaustive search throughout the US 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, CA
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. 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 UK and EU as the foundation for good practice working with male survivors.”
Bob Balfour, Survivors West Yorkshire, Bradford, UK
Re-Visioning Men’s Rage & Violence:
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 significant history of childhood abuse, there has been little in the way of intervention programs that are 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, 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…”
– Training participant.
Group Theory & Practice:
A two-day training on group therapy for mental health practitioners
Many theorists discuss at length as to 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. Healing cannot occur in isolation. However, practitioners often do not have the skill set to carry out group practice.
This training teaches both the necessary 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 create the confidence for counsellors to 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.”
– Training participant.
Keeping the Spirit Alive:
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 first of all to create a safe environment for acknowledging the toll that trauma work takes on trauma 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!”
– training participant.
Trauma & Resiliency:
A four-day training intensive for health professionals working with trauma
Trauma and Resiliency is designed to deepen and sustain the work of counsellors who work with survivors of childhood sexual or physical abuse. This training is essential to counsellors who work with survivors of either gender and can also be adapted for those services who work with a particular population or intervention lens (e.g. addiction services, youth programs, corrections).
In order to formulate, implement and sustain the challenges posed by the demands of trauma-based intervention, we believe that mental health staff need to be thoroughly resourced, both as individual counsellors and as a team of professionals. We also believe that for these clinicians, issues relating to trauma and recovery must be integrated within their life view, and not just understood conceptually.
Trauma and Resiliency addresses all of these needs. Its ultimate goal is to resource both the staff and the agency in ensuring quality psychotherapy for the community it serves.
Trauma and Resiliency will be useful for mental health and other professionals, addiction workers, case workers, correctional workers, students in related fields, as well as those front-line staff who have some clinical engagement with clients.
Feel free to contact Rick for further information about any of these training opportunities.
“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, Wisconsin.
All of our training services include:
- Multi-faceted training from senior clinicians who are working in the field.
- Learning approaches, including lecture, role plays, case examples, and experiential exercises.
- A participatory learning style to allow for brief case presentations and adaptation of skills.
- The latest research and practice approaches in terms of treatment as well as engagement strategies for various populations.
- Video presentation to deepen the learning outcomes.
- Participant handouts including presentation materials and other useful resources.
- An evaluative process at the end of the day that can then be tabulated and summarized for the organizers and/or funders.
- Pre and post communications with our training team to ensure a successful event.
[Their] commitment to the issue of male child 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, USA