Male Survivor Program
At the present time, MPSSAS has one time funding to offer a stage 2 virtual group therapy program for men and male identified folx who have experienced sexual assault. If you have done some previous healing this is a good step, to be in a community with other survivors.
The group is free to service users, and confidentiality and other group boundaries will be discussed up front. We know survivors of sexual violence in a smaller community often feel anxiety about others knowing their history, but you also have the benefit of becoming part of a community of other survivors, who accept you and have their own strategies and growth to offer you. You will also have your own insight to offer others.
MPSSAS has worked with thousands of women, trans and non binary survivors since we began our work as a Sexual Assault Centre in 1993. Our SAIL program offers 4 stages of group work, enabling survivors to exit our programs with most of their trauma work resolved. We know the strength it took to live on from your experience will enable you to do the work to bridge your healing from survival to a thriving, good life. We also know that therapy is hard work too.
For this project, we are working with the Muskoka and Area Male Survivor Network, to bring the expertise of other clinicians who work with men.
The 13 week group program will enable men to:
develop their awareness of the concrete impacts of their experiences
get in touch with strengths they may not recognize now
enable healing and greater trust in relationships
reduce shame and self blame
learn specific strategies to help with the alterations in thinking and body responses which traumatic experiences cause.
The program will use the Fireweed model, which incorporates both western and Indigenous healing methods. No one is asked to share or participate outside of their comfort zone. Group content will follow this program, but will also be modified according to the needs of the group.
Facilitators for this program are experienced therapists - Jen Nicholson, who ran the CMHA male survivor's program previously and now is in private practice, Warren Broad, in private practice in Huntsville, and Kimberly Brown-Metcalfe, who is a therapist with MPSSAS and also has a private practice working with men.
The clinical consultant for the program is Rob Hawkings, who is a Fireweed trainer and clinician working with male survivors in his own private practice.
If you wish to take part but find the technology (we'll use the ZOOM program) is a barrier, please get in contact anyway. We have some funding to support you with private access to the group and will work with you around any barriers or accommodations you may need.
At present, we anticipate holding the group Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm. Dates TBA. We are seeking referrals at this time.
If you have questions, or would like to self refer to the group, please contact the group's intake coordinator.
Talk or text to 705 204-0925
Or leave message at the agency line 705 646-2122 general mailbox.