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Spring Institute 2021: Men, Trauma & Recovery

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Spring Institute 2021: Men, Trauma & Recovery It's about men. It's about time.

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May 31, 2021 - Day 1: Truth Telling: The Case Statement for Addressing Male Sexual Trauma presented by Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW

The Institute kicks off with how to work with men and masculinity in therapy and the fundamentals of men’s trauma expression, focusing on the research base concerning childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault of boys and men.

June 1, 2021 - Day 2: Re-Visioning Men’s Violence: Working with Men Experiencing Anger, Rage & Violence presented by Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW

How would we see the world differently if we put a trauma-lens to understanding critical issues in men’s lives? Why do hurt people (sometimes) hurt people? And how do we engage with men on a respectful process of change? We work both the conceptual and the clinical in this workshop – be prepared to roll up your sleeves! [Day 1 is a pre-requisite].

June 2 & 3, 2021 - Days 3&4 Mornings: Sex & Survivors: Dysregulation, Intervention & More presented by Ray Robertson, MSW, RSW

Ray, a master sex therapist, hosts the final day for fearless exploration of the necessity of exploring men’s sexual lives in order for men to experience a happier, healthier sense of selfhood. A training that goes well beyond Sex Ed 101, this session will make you both curious and confident exploring the silence that often accompanies the heart of men.

June 2 & 3, 2021 - Days 3 & 4 Afternoons: Healing Trauma with Mindfulness, Contemplative Practices, MDMA- and Psychedelic-assisted Therapies presented by Jim Hopper, PhD

Participants will learn brain-based fundamentals of trauma theory; key parallels between neuroscience and Buddhist psychology regarding trauma and addiction; how mindfulness, loving-kindness and other contemplative practices and MDMA- and psychedelic-assisted therapies can support healing, including via biological processes; a sampling of trauma-sensitive meditation practices and skills for use in clinical practice; and how to get training in MDMA- and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Presentation slides and clinically useful tools will be provided to participants.

June 4, 2021 - Day 5: CORE CURRICULUM: First Stage Engagement with Male Survivors presented by Anna Lepine BSc (Hons.), PG Dip., RP, Clinical Associate

Core Curriculum focuses on the theory and practice of group work – possibly the most under-utilized programmatic design for community intervention.  With a focus on group trauma work, the concepts and skill sets for effective group care will be unpacked.  With a focus on trauma engagement, the day will focus on group work competence and clinical confidence, knowing that healing cannot occur in isolation.

Your Zoom link to the training, your workshop materials and the MAH Virtual Training Terms will be emailed to you after registration! We look forward to connecting with you!


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Rick Goodwin, MSW, RSW 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).

 Rick conducts trainings across Canada and internationally on male sexual trauma, trauma recovery and men’s mental health. He also provides trainings across the U.S. through 1in6 Inc. He further facilitates group trauma treatment programs for men on behalf of M&H.

 Based on his experience working with men on issues of domestic violence, Rick has provided training on gender and violence for many years to various local, provincial, and national organizations. Training in gender and violence has taken Rick to Jamaica, the U.K., the U.S., Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand as well as India, where he conducted gender-sensitivity training to male directors of social service agencies. Rick has spoken at national and international conferences on men, violence against women, and trauma recovery.  Additionally, he has worked as a social sciences and social work instructor at the college and university level.

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). Additionally, Rick was the author for Health Canada in their investigation concerning the correlation between men’s experience of HIV and sexual violence. He is currently serving as Subject Matter Expert to the Canadian Armed Forces on issues relating to sexual misconduct.

Jim Hopper, Ph.D. is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and consultant to the Outpatient Addictions Service of the Cambridge Health Alliance. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse, sexual assault, and other traumatic experiences. As a clinician Dr. Hopper works with traumatized adults and is a therapist in the Boston site of the MAPS-sponsored, FDA-approved phase 3 trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. In his forensic work he testifies on short- and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Hopper consults and teaches nationally and internationally to clinicians as well as investigators, prosecutors, judges, and other professionals. A long-time meditator, Dr. Hopper co-edited the book, Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices.

Ray Robertson, MSW, RSW is a 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 particularly 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. In addition to his counselling practice, Ray is also a board approved clinical supervisor, an external clinical supervisor for the Master’s degree counselling program at St. Paul University, Ottawa, an educator, workshop presenter, volunteer, husband, father, and grandfather.

Anna Lepine, BSc (Hons.), PG Dip., RP, Clinical Associate moved to Ottawa in 2003 after completing her Post Graduate training in Integrative Counselling in England. She furthered her professional training in Gestalt Psychotherapy in Ottawa before travelling and working as a psychotherapist in both Eritrea, Africa and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Anna's professional practice has predominantly focused on issues of trauma and trauma recovery. Her sincere passion is to support men to open their minds and hearts to their suffering, self-compassion and strength to heal. She is currently training in Somatic Experiencing to further support her facilitation of these processes.

Anna offers individual psychotherapy at Men & Healing as well as facilitates both the Trauma Recovery and Anger Management group therapy programs.

Anna is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

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