Male Victims Advanced Training Topic

Advanced Clinical Issues for Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma

San Diego, CA - November 3, 2017

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  • Nov. 3, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm
  • Provided with confirmation materials
  • Free
  • 10/20/17
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This advanced-level workshop will focus on clinical factors that are often encountered when working with male survivors of sexual trauma. Issues will be relevant for males who have been victims of sexual trauma during childhood, as adults, or both. Consideration will be given to the spectrum of multi-cultural variables that impact if, how, and/or when a male survivor may seek resources for healing. A variety of significant mental health dynamics will be addressed: impact of gender socialization; features of complex trauma; therapeutic engagement with a client’s “trauma bubble;” working with dissociation; effective application of mindfulness tools; somatic interventions; and ethical considerations in managing a provider’s responses of counter-trauma and vicarious traumatization. Case material will be shared throughout the workshop and special attention will be given to clinical dilemmas and impasses that predictably emerge, in both individual and group/retreat modalities. Participants will have opportunities for interactive learning experiences during this day-long session.

This advanced-level workshop is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals from the following disciplines: mental health, social services, non-profit, community-based organizations, and non-profit, county/government advocates who provide crisis and/or mental health services for males who have been victims of sexual trauma, during childhood and/or as adults. It is recommended that participants in this workshop will have previously attended an introductory training on male survivors of sexual trauma, but it will not be a requirement.

Participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate binary from non-binary approaches for understanding gender socialization
  • Identify several clinical strategies that enhance therapeutic relationship with male survivors
  • Identify several clinical responses for modulating dissociative responses
  • Identify several mind-body intervention skills for working with somatic distress
  • Identify several risk factors for counter-trauma and vicarious traumatization when working with traumatized males

Jim Struve, LCSW is in private practice in Salt Lake City. He has been working with male survivors since 1976 and has a long history of professional and activist involvement in the development of resources for men who have been sexually abused.

Jim was Conference Chairperson for the 1989 International Male Survivor Conference; a founding member (1992) of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization (now MaleSurvivor); and currently Manager of the Weekends of Recovery retreat program for male survivors of sexual trauma. He was the recipient of the Richard Gartner Award for Clinical Contribution given at the 2010 MaleSurvivor International Conference in New York City.

Jim's publications include: "Dancing with the Patriarchy: The Politics of Sexual Abuse" (1990); The Ethical Use of Touch in Psychotherapy (1997); “Beyond the Gay/Straight Binary: Gender and/or Sexually Diverse Male Survivors” (2018); and “Empowering Male Survivors to Heal Through Community and Peer Connections” (2018).

  • 9:00 - Intersections of gender & sexual trauma
  • 9:45 - Symptoms and dynamics of undercover and/or untreated trauma
  • 10:40 - Male Survivors Vignette
  • 12:15 - Lunch
  • 1:15 - Ethical trauma processing in indviduals and group or retreat modalities
  • 2:00 - Understanding and managing dissociation
  • 3:45 - Q&A and Wrap Up

A limited number of travel scholarships are available for this training. Those interested can complete an application and scholarships will be awarded based on need. Accepted applicants will be reimbursed following the training with submission of signed claim and required receipts.

For a travel scholarship application, please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or email:


Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event for a fee of $45. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Tiffany Anderson at or (805) 584-0525. Requests must be received by October 20th.

For more information, questions, or grievances please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or email