Working with adult male survivors of child sexual abuse – The SAMSN Approach
This workshop is designed to assist clinicians and other professionals working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We will look at the vulnerabilities of boys being sexually abused and how this often translates into feelings of shame, guilt and confusion for adult male survivors.
The effects of childhood abuse on men will be examined and strategies that can help men recover will be explored. Specific attention will be paid to the role of group work, looking at the unique advantages that support from peers can bring to the recovery process.
This workshop will include a Q&A with the Co-Founders of SAMSN and will emphasise the importance of trauma aware practice.
“This workshop was excellent. I would like to thank all the presenters for their honesty, courage and great work.”
Anne Nelson, Senior Counsellor – Relationships Australia NSW
Presenter: Mark Griffiths or Tony Phiskie
Mark Griffiths – Mark has nearly 30 years of experience working with men and women who have been sexually assaulted in their childhood. Mark has now co-facilitated over 40 groups for men who were sexually abused as children. Mark is SAMSN’s consultant psychologist and also Chair of its Clinical Advisory Board.
Tony Phiskie – Tony works at SAMSN full-time in the role of Principal Social Worker and is also a member of the Clinical Advisory Board. Tony and Mark developed the group model now used by SAMSN together in 1991. Like Mark, Tony has a wealth of experience working with victims of CSA and co-facilitating groups for men.
Participants will learn:
• The impact of grooming on boys and men
• Impacts of child sexual abuse on men
• Trauma informed care in working with groups of men
• The differences in the impact on men as compared with women
• Other factors that impact on recovery for men
• The advantages that support from peers brings to the recovery process
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend clients and professionals to SAMSN – very knowledgeable, approachable and genuine impression made.”
Zita Crawford, South Australia Police
Who should attend?
Psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors, mental health nurses, social workers, police, general practitioners, or anyone working with adult male survivors of child sexual abuse.
• Some knowledge and experience in working with men
• Some knowledge of the impact of child sexual assault on children and adult survivors
“Really appreciated Mark’s honesty, integrity and breadth of experience – great workshop!”
Annie Dimitriadis, Victim Support Service
Registrations from 9.15am
9.30am to 11.00am
Morning tea (supplied)
11.15am to 12.30pm
1.00pm to 3.00pm
APS and PACFA members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. The SAMSN Health Professionals workshop is an AASW endorsed CPD event and provides members with four CPD hours.