Sexual Abuse of Males – An Ecological Approach

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Date(s) - 23/10/2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Christchurch Community House


The interaction of familial, biological, psychological, social, environmental and spiritual
elements impacting and influencing a person’s growth and development.

A one-day workshop for those engaged, therapeutically, with men who have
experienced sexual abuse

Why this workshop? Whilst there are many commonalities for males and females who have experienced sexual abuse, increasingly, practitioners are encouraged ‘to look at the adult male survivor’s experience in a different light from that of a female survivor’ Getz, L (2011)

We’ll explore:
 An overview of the ecological approach and its fit with Tangata Whenua
 Reflections on international research
 What help New Zealand men say they want and works for them
 Impact of the work – safety – for men, for the therapist
 Reflections on practice;
– Therapeutic Relationship across time
– Shame
– Myths
– Effects of sexual abuse on masculinity, relationships and a sense of self
– Function versus judgement of coping behaviours
– Role and challenge of diagnostic labels
– Isolation, telling and sharing with others
– Benefits for men of ecological and collaborative working
 Further reading/learning

Participants will benefit from some prior knowledge of complex trauma theory and practice
Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 9:00am – 4:30pm, (Register from 8:30am)
Cost: $150, including morning and afternoon tea
Venue: Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch

Please register before 4th October 2019 by contacting Mike: or 021 0423 405


Mike Jillings, MNZAC, MSW(Q), B.A. (Hons):

Mike has over 12 years’ experience of working as a counsellor with those who have experienced or have a dual history of sexual abuse. He has worked in Australia
providing therapeutic and case management services to survivors and their families involved in the work of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses
to Child Sexual Abuse. He now works therapeutically in a community based private practice, at Christchurch Mens Prison and at START.