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Trauma, Addiction and Men: Create Connection, Increase Vulnerability and Improve Treatment Outcomes with the Male Client

Don’t be weak, don’t ask for help, don’t cry, don’t show emotion.

These damaging expectations of masculinity are ruining your sessions, causing many male clients to bottle up the shame of past traumas, struggle to be vulnerable and open in therapy, and labour to leave emotion numbing drugs behind.

It can make therapeutic progress seem impossible and leave you frustrated, questioning your competence, and feeling powerless when nothing you try seems to work.

Treat male clients with trauma and addiction issues more effectively than ever before!

No matter your own gender, this essential recording will give you exactly what you need to:

  • Keep male clients from leaving treatment
  • Experience more productive sessions with men who struggle with “talk” therapy
  • Create greater openness in sessions with tips to overcome male shame and stigma
  • Add value to the clinical techniques you already use for trauma and addiction work

Experience new levels of therapeutic success with the guidance and tailored approaches you need to meet the needs of men in therapy!


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5 Hours 30 Minutes
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Mar 05, 2020
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.5 hours CPD.



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Megan McQuary, LCSW, ACADC, CCTP-II, EMDR-C, was trained on the use of EMDR as a treatment protocol through EMDRIA and uses EMDR in her practice to achieve improved outcomes with a broad spectrum of clients in the areas of trauma, abuse, and substance abuse.

She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through Evergreen Certifications and currently owns and operates one of the largest treatment centers for substance abuse and trauma in the state of Idaho. Her trainings have helped thousands of clinicians across the country get the most out of their virtual EMDR sessions and she has been invited to train internationally at the International Society of Addiction Medicine in India and at the International Conference on Addiction Research and Therapy in Amsterdam.

Ms. McQuary is the author of EMDR Workbook for Trauma and PTSD: Skills to Manage Triggers, Move Beyond Traumatic Memories, and Take Back Your Life, set to be released by New Harbinger in the spring of 2022. She earned her master’s in clinical social work from Northwest Nazarene University and is a member of EMDRIA and the International Society of Addiction Medicine.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Megan McQuary is the owner of Recoverhe Counseling & Consulting. She receives a speaking fee from of Italy and EMDRIA. She is an author with New Harbinger and receives royalties. Ms. McQuary receives a speaking honorarium and  recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Megan McQuary is a member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, the EMDR International Association of EMDR Trauma Specialists, and the National Association of Social Workers. She is president of the Regional Early Childhood Development Committee President.

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  1. Assess how male roles and stereotypes are formed from society, culture, and family roles.
  2. Analyze how self-esteem, self-worth, and self-efficacy are impacted through these roles and lead to maladaptive coping.
  3. Determine how stereotyped behaviours drive rigid, addictive tendencies and develop solutions to increase willingness to change while keeping integrity intact.
  4. Evaluate the clinical research related to suicide, substance abuse, and gender differences.
  5. Integrate skills to help men increase their voice and choice since they are often the ‘forgotten, silent sufferers’ as it pertains to trauma.
  6. Utilize reframing interventions, cognitive restructuring, and distress tolerance techniques that cultivate and demonstrate the importance of vulnerability and intimacy in their lives.


Male Gender Roles and Stereotypes: Understand What Drives the Behaviour

  • Male gender roles and stereotypes
  • The meaning/impact of gender roles
  • ACE Study
  • Male messages and trauma
  • Cultural differences among male messages
  • Prevalence of trauma in men

Identify the Root of Trauma and Addiction in Men: Understand the Research and Effective Assessment

  • The addicted family system
  • Chaotic and rigid family roles
  • Suicide rate among men
  • Impact of opioid epidemic
  • Current limitations of successful long term recovery with men
  • Barriers of change in treatment for men

Open Male Clients to Vulnerability and Change: Clinical Interventions to Overcome Male Shame and Stigma

  • Healthy power vs. abuse of power
  • Interdependence, independence, and codependence
  • Self-esteem and emotional sobriety
  • Vulnerability and supporting/validating attempts of openness
  • Cognitive-behavioural techniques
  • Solution-focused techniques

Therapeutic Adjustments for Men Who Struggle with “Talk Therapy”: 5 Techniques to Get Off on the Right Foot and Keep Men in Treatment

  • Trauma adaptation in men
  • MTREM and Seeking Safety for Men and other effective treatment approaches
  • Biopsychosocial considerations for the male in treatment
  • The “strong man” techniques for connection, courage, and strength
  • Meaning, redefining values, grounding, and self-regulation

Other Treatment Roadblocks: Solutions for Common Concerns When Treating Men

  • Angry clients
  • Boundary concerns
  • Attachment
  • Intimacy
  • Suicidality
  • Trust & vulnerability

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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