Service Providers Workshop

Service Providers Workshop
Working with adult male survivors of child sexual abuse – The SAMSN Approach

This workshop is designed for professionals working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We will look at the vulnerabilities of boys who were 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 explored, along with strategies that can help men recover. Specific attention will be paid to the role of group work.

This workshop will include a Q&A with SAMSN members and will emphasise the importance of trauma-aware practice.

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 Chair of SAMSN’s 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. Tony also has a wealth of experience working with victims of CSA and co-facilitating groups for men.

Participants will learn:
• The impact of sexual abuse on children
• The dynamics of grooming and the resulting confusion
• Trauma-informed care in working with men, both individually and in groups
• The particular impacts of child sexual abuse on males
• The advantages that support from peers brings to the recovery process

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

Continuing Professional Development:
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 Service Providers Workshop is an AASW endorsed CPD event and provides members with four CPD hours.

We can tailor this workshop for your staff. For more information email [email protected] or call Craig on (02) 8355 3711.

Cost: $295 per person

Session times:
Registrations from 9.15am
Session 1 – 9.30am-11am
Morning tea (supplied) – 11am-11.15am
Session 2 – 11.15am-1pm
Lunch (supplied) – 1pm-1.45pm
Session 3 – 1.45pm-4pm

Dates & Locations 2019:

Parramatta – 29th May (Wed) REGISTER NOW
Camperdown – 26th June (Wed) REGISTER NOW
Register your interest for another location REGISTER NOW


“Whether it was new knowledge gained or refreshing prior learning, I found every aspect valuable.”
Jaclyn Lindsay, Coordinator of Supports/Project Officer – Partners in Recovery

“Amazing training. So thorough, relevant, and inspiring. A huge thank you for sharing clinical & lived experiences.”
Michelle Falconer, Social Worker – Hunter New England Mental Health

“Thank you for an engaging and well-presented workshop that brought together a lot of information.”
Catherine Sanders, Clinical Psychologist – Bower Place

“I very rarely am engaged all day in a training session. I was all day. That speaks volumes for this training.”
Sheriden Fyson, Support Coordinator – Department of Justice NSW

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend clients and professionals to SAMSN – very knowledgeable, approachable and genuine impression made.”
Zita Crawford, South Australia Police

“A wonderful workshop!”
Toni Hubble, Group and Community Development Coordinator – Relationships Australia

“Amazing workshop. Thank you so much.”
Alyce Mayman, Counsellor – Victim Support Service, South Australia

“Very valuable training for both those in early career and long-time professionals.”
Amy Dyson, Psychologist

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