Female Professionals/Therapists Working with Male Sexual Trauma Survivors
Using socratic method, lecture, group discussion, case studies and experiential exercises, this workshop will provide a safe space to explore gender issues that may arise when female therapists work with male survivors of sexual trauma. The workshop will look at transference and countertransference and the ways in which they can be both blocks to therapy and reparative for survivors depending on how these are addressed in therapy. Lastly, we will look at the importance of consultation and/or supervision in doing sexual trauma work.
- Examine and identify gender dynamics that occur in the therapeutic relationship
- Identify common transference patterns that can emerge in the female therapist/adult male sexual trauma survivor dyad
- Identify common countertransference patterns that can emerge in the female therapist/ adult male sexual trauma survivor dyad
- Identify ways to address gender dynamics in the therapeutic relationship
- Identify specific benefits of and possible resources for maintaining a reflective peer consultation model
Course Developers and Presenters:
Sharon Imperato, LMHC
is a trained Rape Crisis Counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she has been working in the field of sexual trauma for over 15 years. Sharon is currently the Manager of Clinical Services at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Sharon was member of the MaleSurvivor Weekend of Recovery Clinical and training teams. She has extensive experience in counseling (individual, group, couples, and family) and works extensively with all survivors and significant others of sexual trauma. Sharon is also an experienced trainer and has facilitated trainings ranging from how to appropriately respond to disclosures of sexual violence, to advanced clinical skills trainings for clinicians working with sexual trauma survivors, to how to provide services to male survivors of sexual trauma, for: students, military personnel, corrections personnel (under PREA grants), first responders, medical professionals, clinicians, and other service professionals. She has provided trainings to university counseling centers and has been a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate classes at Tufts University, Northeastern University, and Boston University. Sharon has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston University and Lesley University, was a trauma specialist at other Boston area universities, and maintained a private practice in Cambridge, MA for over 7 years where she provided services to clients as well as clinical supervision and consultation to other professionals on the issues of sexual trauma.
Lisa Jameson, LMFT
has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1986. She began her training in 1981 at the Incest Treatment Team of Stanislaus County, conducting support groups for survivors, family supporters and perpetrators. She co-developed Merced County of Mental Health’s Specialized Treatment and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S.), a program specifically focused on identifying and treating young male victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. An additional focus was on educating the lay and mental health community about the true extent of the traumatization of boys and their particular treatment and support needs. Since 1989 she’s been in private practice working with trauma from an increasingly depth orientation, integrating Jungian, Psychoanalytic and mindfulness approaches which invite the whole Self, including the unconscious to be a part of the healing process. She has particular interests in the ways in which the Self reaches for expression through dreams, expressive art, body and relationship.
Sandi Forti, Ph.D.
is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Columbus, Ohio. She divides her time between a thriving private practice in Columbus, consultation with the Columbus AIDS Task force, and providing community based services for Central Ohio Mental Health Center in Delaware, Ohio. Her dual interests in archetypal psychology and body awareness have added breadth and depth to her work with individuals who are seeking to heal from past traumas and who desire new ground for a relationship with the present. She sees herself as providing context within which trauma can be understood as part of the landscape of soul, and healing can lay the foundation for the development and expression of the authentic self. She has worked for many years with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, and with families who struggle to love and heal both. She is also versed in working with the patterns of thinking and behavior that grow out of the effort to cope with abuse, such as depression, dissociation, use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, etc.
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