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Working with trans men (HJA)

September 25, 2017

Working with trans men: unique challenges and opportunities for healing


An interactive workshop focusing on the unique service implications of working with transgender men who have experienced childhood or adult sexual abuse/assault.  The workshop will focus on mental health services (acute and long term, both 1-on-1 therapy and groups, traditional and non-traditional healing modalities), acute post-assault care (forensic exams and other medical interventions), and longer term physical health implications.  Participants will leave feeling more confident in working with trans-masculine survivors.  Additional information: Over 50% of transgender individuals experience sexual violence at some point in their lives.  1% of the United States population is transgender.  Many professionals working with sexual assault survivors have never received training specific to transgender survivors.  Lack of cultural competency, skills, and strategies for working with this population often results in transgender victims receiving disrespectful or discriminatory care, as well as often being re-victimized by providers who simply do not yet have the knowledge to appropriately serve this population. Most providers want to respectfully serve all sexual assault survivors.  Trans men or those on the trans-masculine spectrum are often ignored in trainings on either transgender issues or specifically on abuse/assaults against transgender individuals.  This workshop will support professionals in having the knowledge and skills to better serve transgender survivors.   This workshop will provide attendees with trans-masculine-specific prevalence data, as well as qualitative data detailing barriers to service and experiences trans men encounter when attempting to access services.    The workshop will focus on the intersectionality of multiple marginalilzed identities and experiences, of how trans-ness intersects with race, class, age, dis/ability, education, employment, access to health care, family support, partnership status, and many other variables.  Although the research-driven data is essential and meaningful, it is often the experiential and qualitative content that helps participants truly understand the challenges, barriers, and creative solutions of working with transgender survivors.  Using a highly dynamic set of interactive exercises, participants will be able to (safely) experience and witness first hand some of the barriers transgender survivors face.  Collectively, the workshop facilitator and participants will explore solutions and effective ways of minimizing additional re-victimization of trans survivors, developing proactive strategies, and solidifying the knowledge gained during the workshop. # Adult learning:  FORGE builds its trainings around soliciting what participants already know, sparking their interest in questions they don’t know the answers to, exploring those answers, and then helping participants APPLY those answers in a very practical way.  We use facilitated discussions, role-plays, small group/dyad exercises, brainstorming, and worksheets in addition to PowerPoint discussions and handouts.


  1. Expand understanding of who trans men and trans-masculine survivors are (through core conceptual frameworks, vocabulary and imagery).
  2. Identify barriers trans men experience when accessing mental health, post-assault care, or longer term mental and physical health services.
  3. Deepen skills and understanding of how to more effectively work with trans men who are sexual assault survivors.



michael munson


September 25, 2017
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