This workshop will delve more deeply into the unique challenges and stressors that male trauma survivors encounter beyond their initial engagement in activities for healing. Drawing from extensive clinical experience, the presenters will focus on the complexities that emerge during the process of maintaining therapeutic attachments with males over a more extended length of time. This workshop will identify areas of risk that are commonly associated with the treatment of traumatized males and strategies for managing these risks. Attention will be given to treatment approaches that can effectively tap into positive aspects of masculinity which can enhance the male survivor’s internal strengths, unrecognized resilience, and ability to utilize external resources & support. This session will provide time for consultative interaction to examine clinical case material. This will allow participants to explore ethical issues of personal impact on the clinician when working with traumatized males. Self-reflection that embraces the clinician’s ability to integrate awareness of and empathy for the needs of self and client can enhance an on-going therapeutic relationship. A goal is for both clinician and male survivor to experience the rewards of working together for trauma resolution
Learning Objectives – Participants will be able to:
- Identify five areas of risk that are commonly associated with the treatment of traumatized males
- Recognize four common strategies for achieving an on-going therapeutic relationship with a traumatized male
- Describe four common ethical challenges that may emerge during a longer-term therapeutic relationship with a traumatized male
- Be able to utilize the tools of self-reflection to examine issues of personal impact when working with traumatized males
Jim Struve, LCSW has been a practicing social worker since 1976. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Salt Lake City, providing psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and groups. With special attention to mindful presence in the healing relationship, Jim works with a wide range of client issues: trauma (including male and female survivors of sexual victimization), relationship enhancement (including issues such as intimacy, assertiveness, identity, gender, self-esteem, and sexuality), healthy life choices, fostering resilience, conflict resolution, parenting, addiction recovery, and dissociative disorders (including Dissociative Identity Disorder). Jim is a founding member of MaleSurvivor.org and is Co-Chair of the Weekends of Recovery retreat program. He was the recipient of the Richard Gartner Outstanding Clinical Services Award at the 2010 International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City.
Jim regularly conducts workshops and trainings for professionals. He has been an Adjunct Professor for Westminster College in Salt Lake City (teaching a seminar in “Trauma, Grief, & Loss”) and he is frequently invited for in-services programs for agencies and college classes for clinical mental health students.
Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC-CS has counseled over 1500 male survivors in individual, couples, group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 33-year career as a Psychologist. As Co-Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery, (www.malesurvivor.org) , he’s helped facilitate over 60 weekends. In his role as a professional trainer, Dr. Fradkin has educated over 2,500 professional colleagues on the topic of male survivors of sexual abuse, and in the past 2 years, has enlightened over 1500 military personnel from all branches of the service and the Veteran’s Administration on the sexual victimization of men in the military. Dr. Fradkin’s first book, Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, was published by Hay House in November, 2012.
He is one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men. He served as the organization’s president and on the Board of Directors for 6 years prior to developing the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery program. As Co-Chair of the program, he has directed over 50 Weekends of Recovery since 2001, for more than 1200 men. Dr. Fradkin delivered the keynote address at the 2010 International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City and currently serves as an advisory board member.
Dr. Fradkin is a recognized expert for media in the U.S. and Canada, who want their listeners to understand more about male sexual victimization. He has been featured as an expert on Oprah Winfrey’s “200 Men” show, Dr. Phil, Katie, Huffington Post TV, and many nationally syndicated and local radio shows.
Dr. Fradkin founded Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth, in Columbus, OH in 1984, and is currently Partner Emeritus, where he provides psychotherapy in the areas of trauma recovery for men and women survivors, those struggling with depression and anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction and sex addiction, sexual orientation confusion and acceptance, people with HIV and AIDS, and group psychotherapy.
Most recently, Dr. Fradkin conducted several trainings for military commanders, junior and senior leadership, and Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates and for the Veteran’s Administration on military sexual trauma. Dr. Fradkin was also part of the keynote panel on male sexual victimization for the Ending Violence Against Women International Conference; and offered workshops at the 18th Interpersonal Violence, Abuse and Trauma Conference; and gave a plenary address at the National Child Protection Training Conference. He also consults on mitigation cases of male survivors on Death Row and on other survivors needing expert witnesses for legal matters.
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