Living Well regularly offers 10-week groups for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and or sexual assault. You can find out more information at the Living Well men’s group page.
Working with men in groups
Group work can play an important role in breaking down the sense of isolation and of being somehow ‘different’ from ‘other men’ that men subjected to sexual violence can often experience. Although the thought of joining a group can be quite daunting for men, it has the potential to offer support, a sense of ‘connection and mateship’ that speaking one on one with a counsellor can never do. The following articles are useful starting place, however what is most important is that the group works for the men present in ways that safe, relevant and useful for them. Check out the following documents and let us know if there are alternative resources available.
Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Transformation: The Group Education Manual
The ACQUIRE Project/EngenderHealth and Promundo 2008. Covers gender and power, sexuality, men and health, substance use, healthy relationships, STI and HIV prevention, Living with HIV, fatherhood, violence, making change, taking action.
Download the Manual [1.39 MB]
Men and Healing: Theory, Research and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Fisher, A. Goodwin, R. & Patton M. Prepared for the Goodwin Public Inquiry 2008.
Opening the door: A Treatment Model for Therapy with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Combining Voices: Supporting Paths of Healing in Adult Female and Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
prepared by Frederick Mathews, Ph.D., C. Psych.
View article [web page]
Respect, Protect, Connect: Boys work in the new millennium
By O’Leary, T Pratt, R & Mitchell, C. South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, Melbourne, Victoria (2005).
Download article [3.8 MB]
The journey of a lifetime: Group work with young women who have experienced sexual assault
By McPhie, L. & Chaffey, C. for Gecko: A journal of deconstruction and narrative ideas in therapeutic practice (1998 Vol 1). This article has been successfully used as a template for running a group with young men. In order to make it relevant for young men, an additional session was added (2nd session) to acknowledge and unpack the influence of ideas of masculinity and manhood in the young men’s lives. In addition considerable time was set aside to discuss issues of ‘sexuality’ and the ‘cycle of abuse’.
Download article [236 KB] Also available on the Dulwich Centre Website.