The Male Victim:
— A Silent Survivor —
March 13, 2020 9a.m. – 12p.m.
Men typically seek clinical support nearly ten years after identifying the impact of a traumatic event in their lives. Also, men are seven times more likely to die by suicide than females. There is growing clinical data to support that males and females experience trauma support, intervention, and connection after a traumatic event very differently. Similarly, therapists often experience male clients, particularly, male victims, very differently than female clients. We will review the experience of male victims culturally, relationally, and socially in order to best understand the silence and loneliness they endure for years beyond their traumatic experiences.
This seminar is delivered from a survivor’s perspective focusing intently on the elements of our culture and social norms that inhibit the identification of traumatic events accurately and create barriers to outreach by male survivors for support and healing. We will review and discuss authentic engagement, mitigating transference and countertransference, and how best a therapist can identify components of their values that may jeopardize healing for their male clients who survived.