Culturally Responsive Therapeutic Interventions for Boys and Men of Color Who Have Experienced Childhood Sexual Trauma


Presenters: Martin Pierre, PhD; Ulric Johnson, PhD; Daniel Callahan; & Damon D. Chambers

It is reported that over 1.7% of men in the United States were survivors of sexual assault in 2016 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016; RAINN, 2018). Male survivors who experienced sexual abuse are subjected to stigma and stereotypes which may prevent them from disclosing sexual assaults (Stansell, 2017; Lisak, 1994). The experiences of sexual abuse and trauma-related stress have a profound impact on the psychological functioning of African American youth in general and Black males in particular. Trauma-induced behaviors are often triggered by ecological systems (e.g., ethnoviolence, so called “justifiable homicide” by police officers, etc.) that offer no means for managing one’s emotional state. Furthermore, racism and discrimination may exacerbate trauma-related symptoms. However, there is an absence of culturally sensitive trauma-focused treatments for this targeted population. Culturally sensitive treatments consider the social, political, spiritual and emotional context in which individuals’ lives are embedded. In addition, the treatments take into account the worldview and ethnic and cultural lives of boys and men of color survivors. For example, therapeutic support groups offer an opportunity to study common socioemotional and cultural challenges, but without imposing a perspective of pathology. They can further help historically marginalized individuals to better understand the impact of racism and discrimination on their mental health. Moreover, these groups help clients to construct positive self-views that provide a counter-narrative to the negative ways they are perceived by society. This daylong workshop will offer four culturally-sensitive treatment approaches for helpers who work with boys and men of color impacted by psychological trauma (e.g., sexual abuse, interpersonal violence, race-based trauma).

Specific learning objectives:

1. Utilize the process of “storying the childhood sexual trauma” to help male of color survivor heal from their trauma history.
2. Demonstrate ability to create a culturally responsive group therapy.
3. Use "MassQing" to help clients release deeply-hidden emotions safely.
4. Discuss how the "10C’s" can help individuals, groups, communities and organizations acquire the knowledge and skills to develop cross-cultural relationships with survivors of trauma.

Program Code: BMC6
Credits: 6
Fees: $150 for CE credits; $75 for no CE credits


  • When

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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