Thursday, April 4, 2013

Conference on Deepening Men's Relationships - Men Healing from Childhood Sexual and Emotional Abuse

Second Annual Conference on Deepening Men's Relationships
Men Healing from Childhood Sexual and Emotional Abuse
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Widener University, University Center, Chester, PA
Richard Gartner, PhD
Richard Gartner, PHD
Michael Kimmel, PHD
Join keynote speakers, Richard Gartner, PhD, founder of Male Survivor and author of Beyond Betrayal; and Michael Kimmel, PhD, renowned sociologist and author of Guyland as they discuss the journey of healing from childhood sexual and emotional abuse, as well as the societal conditions that make young men vulnerable to these injuries.
This conference will help participants think beyond pathology and victimhood for males who have been sexually, emotionally and physically abused as children, and gain understanding about the possibilities for men healing and restoring trust in their relationships.
Participants will learn how male childhood injuries arise from - and are exacerbated by - the culture of masculinity and the effects of growing up male in our society. The conference will provide insight about ways that others, including counselors, therapists, clergy and family members can provide support to males as they heal.
In addition to keynote speakers, the conference will offer panel presentations, facilitate personal sharing by men who have experienced abuse, as well as group discussions that will explore approaches to helping men heal from emotionally traumatic childhood injuries.
The panelists and facilitators include regionally and nationally known experts in the field of men's issues including:
Brother Robb Carter, MSW, therapist and Associate Director of University of Pennsylvania's African–American Resource Center. Author of "Playing with Anger: Teaching Coping Skills to African American Boys through Athletics and Culture."Michael LaSala, PhD, LCSW, author of Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child.Mikele Rauch, LMFT, psychotherapist working with the Male Survivor organization and author of "Recovering the Soul after Religious Abuse: The Dark Heaven of Recovery."
Other local and nationally known therapists whose practice has a focus on men addressing issues that include healing from childhood abuse as well as challenges in the areas of intimacy, and relationships are: Rob Garfield, MD; Ted Glackman MEd; Robert Heasley, PhD, CMFT; Jake Kriger, MSS; Isaac Garfield, MSS, LCSW; Peter Simonsson, MSW.
Continuing Education Credits
Seven CE credits will be offered to participants completing post-workshop forms.
Psychologists: The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology of Widener University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Widener University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers: The Center for Social Work Education of Widener University is a pre-approved provider by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education credits for licensed social workers.
AASECT: This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for six CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
Contact Peter Simonsson for more information at the
Joseph J. Peter's Institute, 215.701.1560 or at
*Deepening Men's Relationships Coordinating Committee:
Rob Garfield, MD; Robert Heasley, PhD,CMFT; Theodore Glackman, MEd; Jake Kriger, MSS; Isaac Garfield, MSS, LSW; and Peter Simonsson, LCSW

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