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Fall Institute on Men, Trauma & Recovery

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La Charette

460 W Hunt Club Rd

Ottawa, ON K2E 1B2


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Join us for the FALL INSTITUTE ON MEN, TRAUMA & RECOVERY for Service Providers and Other Professionals! Choose to attend from 1 to 5 days of this opportunity to engage in the understanding of serving men towards their goals of healing and recovery!

Schedule & Descriptions of Sessions:

Day 1: Monday, October 29, 2018

Truth Telling: The Case Statement for Male-Centred Therapy

Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW

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 intaking on work with male survivors, whether their experience involves childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault or other wounds. Come and be vitalized by what we know of the research, how men’s trauma presents itself, and how we can formulate plans of engagement and care that effectively speak to the lives of men.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Experiential Methods to Trauma Therapy: Working the Trauma Triangle

Monica Forst, RP, M.Ed, CCC, ICADC

Noted trauma theorist Bessel van der Kolk once said: “Experiential therapy is the preferred choice for trauma therapy.” With this in mind, join one of Ottawa’s best experiential therapists in a hands-on training focusing on the Therapeutic Spiral Model’s (TSM) “Trauma Triangle.” The Trauma Triangle is a unique configuration that clarifies the destructive cycle of victim, perpetrator, and abandoning authority. This last role, the abandoning authority, explains the subtle, yet damaging, effects of someone who was absent—not there to rescue. As a result, there was no appropriate authority to keep the child safe.

The Trauma Triangle represents a closed circuit of energy embedded in the personality structure of those who have survived cruelty or trauma, repeating itself as life-long patterns of abuse and neglect. This one day training provides tools that assist in transformation from self-neglect to self-care and healthy problem solving. Participants will learn how to help their clients integrate TSM's prescriptive roles to ensure safety and begin to develop appropriate authority over their own lives. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves!

Day 3: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sex Stuff: Dysregulated Sexual Behavior, Intervention & More

Ray Robertson, 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 conventionally understood as the treatment modality of choice. This training will critically examine the assumptions and limitations of the sex addiction model, and empower clinicians to pursue constructive treatment strategies grounded in the basics of psychotherapy and trauma theory.

Day 4: Thursday November 1, 2018

Re-visioning Men's Violence: Working with Men experiencing Anger, Rage & Violence

Monica Forst, RP, M.Ed, CCC, ICADC

Sometimes Hurt people hurt people. Working this premise, join us for a training day that addresses men who experience anger, rage and violence. Using a male-centred approach to therapy, the training will examine both cognitive and emotional strategies aimed at engaging them in the respectful process of change. Emphasis will be placed on ego states and action methods as intervention tools. Participants will be able to leave the training with techniques that speak to individual and group therapy.

Day 5: Friday, November 2, 2018

Group Process & Technique

Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW

As healing cannot occur in isolation, group work is a preferred model of intervention with vulnerable populations of all genders: it lessens the isolation faced in individual counselling, reduces shame, allows one’s testimony to be witnessed and creates a supportive learning atmosphere that can benefit all participants. Group practice can also help facilitate re-connection - Herman’s third stage of recovery for survivors of abuse and trauma. However, practitioners often do not have the skill set to carry out group practice.

This training teaches both the necessary group processes as well as group intervention skills to allow for dynamic yet safe engagement with clients. Group theory will be explored in terms of conceptual approaches as well as examining the relationship between psycho-education versus process work. Using experiential learning methods, participants will gain experience using techniques such as Opening Circle to Testimony to conflict resolution. Ultimately, Group Theory & Practice will create the confidence for counsellors to expand their services to groups – regardless of the service provided.

Biographies of Trainers:

Monica Forst, RP, M.Ed, CCC, ICADC

Monica has been working as a health care professional for over 20 years. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1997 specializing in addictions and childhood trauma. Her practice involves individual and couples psychotherapy. Additionally, she runs long-term group therapy for the Physicians Health Program. She has also facilitated group therapy programs for addictions, anger management and male survivors of childhood sexual and physical abuse.

Monica has received extensive training in Transactional Analysis and Psychodrama. A seasoned trainer and educator, she has presented on numerous psychotherapy issues such as transference/countertransference, attachment theory, male sexual victimization, trauma and resiliency, vicarious trauma and psychodramatic techniques, for a variety of health care professionals, both within the Ottawa community and across North America.

Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW

Rick is the founder and Clinical Services Director of Men & Healing, as well as the past co-founder/Executive Director of The Men’s Project (1997-2015). He also served as National Manager to 1in6 Canada (2012-2015). In 2017, he was recognized as one of 150 leading Canadians for mental health.

Rick conducts trainings across Canada for professionals on male sexual trauma, men’s health issues, and trauma recovery.He is the clinical trainer for the United States based non-profit 1in6 Inc.

Training on gender and violence has taken Rick to Jamaica, the U.K., New Zealand,Cambodia, Japan, as well as India. Rick has spoken at national and international conferences on men, violence against women, and trauma recovery.

Rick’s research and writing has been published in both national magazines and federal publications. He co-authored the guidebook Men & Healing: Theory, Research and Practice with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2009) which was commissioned by the Ontario government. This guidebook is now being used to formulate services in both Canada as well as internationally. He also co-authored the Australian guidebook entitled Foundations (2017).

David Lisak, Ph.D.

Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 30 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.

David received his Ph.D. from Duke University and for 23 years served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he taught and conducted and supervised research. His research has been published in leading scientific journals, and he was the founding editor of the journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

David now serves as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the United States. He also is a founding member of 1in6, a non-profit agency that serves men who were sexually abused as children. Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Dr. Lisak founded the Bristlecone Project (www.bristleconeproject.org) and directed the documentary, The Bristlecone Project: Men Overcoming Sexual Abuse.

Ray Robertson, MSW, RSW

Ray is a registered social worker and certified sex therapist in private practice. As a clinical member of the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario, he brings an eclectic approach to his practice, drawing on object relations and self psychology.

He provides counselling on sexual issues, relationship issues, sleep and fatigue, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and the challenges of parenting. He is the developer of the Sexual Integrity Program, a group approach to treating dysregulated sexual behaviour.


How do I choose which sessions I will attend?

Upon receiving notification of your order, Men & Healing will contact you by email to request your workshop choices. We will do our best to ensure you receive your first choice of workshops, however, due to the popularily of some workshops, we cannot gaurantee that all workshops will be available when you register. Please register early for best selection.

Is lunch provided?

Coffee and light snacks are provided in the morning. Lunch is not provided. There are several lunch options in the area, but you are also welcome to bring your lunch. There is a small kitchen in the training room.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is free parking in the La Charette parking lot. There is also access to public transportation.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring your own note taking devices, as well as appropriate indoor clothing. There is Air Conditioning, but there are many windows and, depending on where you sit, you may feel warm. Please dress comfortably.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please feel free to contact Men & Healing at info@menandhealing.ca or call (613) 482-9363.

What's the refund policy?

We respectfully request at least 7 days notice of any refund required. If you cannot attend the event with less than 7 days notice, please contact us with the name of someone you would like to transfer your ticket to.

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