Summer Institute on Men, Trauma and Change
Ottawa, Canada

Welcome to Canada’s second annual national training program for service providers who work with male survivors of sexual or physical abuse! Conceived to address the needs of front line counsellors and agencies who take on the much needed task of developing and maintaining treatment services for male survivors, this week long opportunity will resource both clinicians, service managers, and policy makers on the needs of this population.

Sponsored by The Men’s Project (TMP), one of Canada’s leading agencies for male survivor treatment, and 1in6 Inc., our American partner agency, participants will have opportunity to learn the latest in trauma issues and services - approaches that speak to men’s reality. From focused intervention strategies, to clinically challenging issues such as sexual dysregulation, this training promises to be cutting edge regarding effective clinical treatment for men.

This year, we have invited two colleagues from the US to join us in this year’s training.

Jim Hopper, PhD, is consultant, clinician and researcher, and Clinical Instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and the Outpatient Addictions Service of the Cambridge Health Alliance. His work has focused on the long-term effects of sexual abuse in men, the nature of traumatic memories, and psychological and biological aspects of trauma and addiction and their treatment.

A 20-year meditation practitioner in the vipassana and Tibetan traditions, Jim has completed several silent retreats and incorporates meditation and mind-training practices into his daily life and clinical work. In addition to offering workshops for mental-health professionals, including an annual 5-day program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Jim is co-editing the forthcoming Contemplative Methods in Trauma Treatment: Integrating Mindfulness and Other Approaches (2013, Guilford Press).

Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 25 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His work has focused on the long term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists.

Dr. Lisak has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country, and has conducted workshops in all fifty states. He consults widely with universities, the four services of the U.S. Military, the Department of Defense, and other institutions regarding sexual assault prevention and policies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases.

With their workshops, in addition to Experiential Methods for Trauma Therapists, three days of this year’s training are as pertinent to working with female survivors as male survivors.

We invite all therapists to join in on this important dialogue for change.

Come join us in Canada’s Capital for this second helping of resources for service providers everywhere. We promise you dynamic learning, beautiful scenery, and clinical conversations that will be unparalleled.

CURRICULUM:
DAY I: MONDAY JUNE 11, 2012
TRUTH TELLING: MALE-CENTRED APPROACHES TO TRAUMA THERAPY WITH MEN
TRAINERS: RICK GOODWIN, MSW RSW & MONICA FORST, M.ED CCC ICADC

Tired dichotomies, ideological lens, female-centred approaches to therapy. These factors all suggest barriers to effective change with men, whether it be working with victims of violence or perpetrators of violence or men who are both. Even when we attempt to provide a gender-neutral approach to therapy, we tend to treat male clients with models and standards designed for women clients.

Truth Telling will explore both the conceptual and practice implications of a male-centred approach to trauma therapy. Examining many of the concepts imbedded in the new psychology of masculinity, this session will allow for a necessary conversation of what constitutes the critical intersection between male socialization and psychotherapy with men. This is essential learning in taking on work with male survivors, and is vital to ensure trauma treatment services have integrity and relevance in speaking to the reality of men’s lives.


DAY II: TUESDAY JUNE 12, 2012
EXPERIENTIAL METHODS FOR TRAUMA THERAPISTS
TRAINERS: MONICA FORST M. ED, CCC ICADC, & ROY SALOLE

Noted trauma therapist Bessel van der Kolk stated that experiential treatment is the treatment of choice for treating PTSD. Jacob Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, defined and measured mental health by one's spontaneity. These approaches challenge much of the cognitive and narrative conventions that are the basis of most counselling practitioners. What gives?

Psycho-Dramatic Techniques for Trauma Therapists is a hands-on training that focuses on three core experiential therapy skills for trauma therapists: The Containing Double, The Observing Ego and Roles of Restoration. These essential skills have evolved from the Therapeutic Spiral Model approach to trauma therapy (see Kate Hudgins, 2002 Like all good approaches to experiential therapy, participants will not only be taught these techniques, but will have ample opportunity to practice them under the supervision of two of Ottawa’s best trauma therapists. Be prepared roll up your sleeves!

DAY III: WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, 2012
THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF TRAUMA
TRAINER: DAVID LISAK, PH D.

Fear is the cornerstone of what we have come to understand as psychological trauma. The very neural mechanisms that produce the fear that saves our lives in life-threatening situations are the same mechanisms that produce the neurophysiological and neuroanatomical changes that underlie Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

The Neurobiology of Trauma will review recent advances in our understanding of the neurobiology of trauma – how trauma alters the brain, and in so doing alters experience and memory. It will then focus on the many implications this has for understanding post-traumatic experience and symptoms, and for working with survivors of trauma.

DAY IV: THURSDAY JUNE 14, 2012
NEUROSCIENCE, MINDFULNESS, AND COMPASSIONALE EMBODIMENT FOR TRANSFORMING TRAUMA
TRAINER: JIM HOPPER, PH D.

This workshop will introduce concepts, research, and clinical practices that address the roots of trauma through the lenses of contemporary neuroscience and traditional Buddhist psychology. It will cover parallels between Buddhist psychology and neuroscience related to trauma and addiction, and how both can be transformed by meditation practices and yoga.

Participants will learn brain-based fundamentals of trauma theory; key parallels between neuroscience and Buddhist psychology regarding trauma and addiction; Buddhist practices such as mindfulness and loving-kindness meditations and how these may transform the brain; and a sampling of trauma-sensitive meditation practices and skills for use in clinical practice. Presentation slides will be provided to participants, as will clinically useful assessment tools and supporting documentation.

DAY V: FRIDAY JUNE 15, 2012
SEX STUFF: DYSREGULATED SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR & INTERVENTION & MORE
TRAINERS: RAY ROBERTSON, MSW RSW & RICK GOODWIN, MSW RSW
Inevitably, the wounds of many male survivors permeate into their sexual and intimate lives. Sexuality issues abound: sexual compulsions, sexual identity confusion, sexual risk taking, sexual anorexia, infidelity, homophobia, fears of intimacy – and the list goes on. Given the weight of shame, these issues are generally not self-identified by survivors. It requires knowledgeable, sensitive and strategic interventions to bring these forward.

The training will have a particular focus on understanding and engaging with dysregulated sexual behaviour. Amid the hype and media coverage of high profile celebrity cases, the “sex addiction” approach to conceptualizing poorly regulated sexual behaviour is often presented uncritically as the treatment modality of choice. This training will critically examine the assumptions and limitations of the sex addiction model in treating dysregulated sexual behaviour. As well as utilize clinical material to explore constructive treatment options grounded in the basics of psychotherapy.

PRICING:
You are welcome to come for one or more days of our training series. Send us your registrations by May 15th in to receive our early bird rate!
Regular Rate: Early Bird Rate:

One Day $225 $200
Two Day $400 $350
Three Day $450 $525
Four Day $525 $600
Five Day $600 $650
Fees include refreshment breaks and all materials. Our training services are HST exempt. Enquire about group discounts.

For further information, please contact:
Rick Goodwin, MSW RSW
Executive Director, The Men's Project
180 Argyle Avenue, Suite 321
Ottawa, ON, Canada K2P 1B7
rgoodwin@themensproject.ca
p: 613.230.6179 ext. 400
f: 613.230.6173

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Rick Goodwin, MSW RSW
Executive Director
The Men's Project/Le projet pour hommes
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
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