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Treating Men’s Trauma

Treating Men’s Trauma


Location: Georgetown Campus, South Seattle College
Gene J. Colin Education Hall Bldg C.
6737 Corson Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
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From: March 1, 2019 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Matthew Jakupcak, Ph.D.


Although rates of PTSD are lower among men relative to women in the general US population, men are exposed to more traumatic events across their lifetime. Men may express trauma reactions in ways that differ from women, with greater tendencies toward externalized distress (i.e., substance abuse, aggression or violence, and compulsive sexual behaviors). The processes of gender role socialization operate throughout childhood and into adulthood, often overtly discouraging male expressions of distress and vulnerability, while promoting self-reliance, risk-taking, and “toughness.” Issues related to stoicism, perceived stigma associated with mental health concerns, and alexithymia (i.e., the ability to identify and communicate emotions) may obscure many men’s post-traumatic difficulties and represent barriers to help-seeking, treatment-engagement, and response to psychotherapy. As such, when men with trauma histories do present for treatment, the course of psychotherapy is often very challenging for both patients and therapists.

This workshop is designed to be a resource for mental health therapists who interact with and treat men who are demonstrating post-traumatic symptoms (PTSD, depression, moral injury, grief, and or adjustment difficulties). Dr. Jakupcak will describe common clinical presentations and unique challenges to working with specific subgroups of trauma exposed men, including military/veteran populations, first-responders (police, firefighters, medics/EMTs), and male victims of childhood or adult sexual trauma. The workshop will incorporate information from reviews of the empirical literature, descriptions of clinical cases, as well as observations and recommendations for treatment. Open discussions and audience participation is encouraged.


  1. Audience members will be able to describe research findings specific to masculine gender norms and Western cultures’ prescriptions for “masculinity” that inform gender socialization and emotional development in men;
  2. Audience members will be able to recognize gender differences and specific features and clinical presentations of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), moral injury, depression, complicated grief, anger/aggression, substance use disorders, and adjustment difficulties common to men;
  3. Audience members will be ready to address the challenges of engaging and maintaining adherence to mental health treatment when working with trauma-exposed men;
  4. Audience members will be able to identify and address special challenges pertaining to different treatment formats (i.e., group psychotherapy and couples therapy), treatment-settings (outpatient and inpatient mental health treatment and primary-care based therapy), and gender-informed dynamics that can emerge for male and female therapists working with male trauma

Cost: Free

Parking: $3/day on campus (pay at the Kiosk in front of the Colin Education Hall)

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.