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Call for Presentation Deadline:
Extended to May 15, 2009

This international conference provides a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, networking, and the dissemination of new knowledge in the area of sexually traumatized boys and men. This four-day event will feature numerous workshops for male survivors of sexual abuse, their loved ones/partners, and professionals who work with them.

Who will attend:

  • Adult male survivors of sexual abuse and possibly their spouse/significant other and family
  • Clinical and social service professionals
  • Lawyers, law enforcement professionals, and legal advocates
  • Researchers, educators, and students

We are looking for presentation abstracts concerning the dissemination of new knowledge in the area of male sexual victimization.

Here is a list of suggested topics:

  • Clinical issues in treating male sexual abuse survivors
  • Application of research that directly impacts clinical practice
  • High risk behaviors and addiction
  • Abuse by clergy
  • Abuse in institutions, schools, military programs, prison systems, etc.
  • Evaluation and assessment of trauma
  • Treatment outcome data policy and ethical issues
  • Legal trends and law enforcement issues
  • Advocacy and developing community support groups
  • Healing process and development beyond
  • Issues of sexuality, sexual orientation, and identity confusion
  • Developing healthy relationships
  • Working with the Media
  • Creative expression as a way of healing and change
  • Support for the spouse/significant other and family
  • Diversity: cultural, generation/age, sexual orientation
  • Helping the helper and counter-transference in the therapeutic dyad
  • All other presentation topics will be considered

Guidelines for Submission: Deadline -
Every submission must include the following:

  • Workshop Title
  • Brief description: no more than 50 words describing your workshop for a printable brochure.
  • Abstract: no more than a one page (250 words) suitable for printing directly on a syllabus, with a corresponding outline
  • Workshop Duration: 90 minutes total, including 15 minutes for Q&A
  • Identify 3 learning objectives for your audience
  • Presentation Format: L) Lecture; P/E) Psycho/Educational; or E) Experiential
  • Target Audience: S) Survivors/Significant Others; C) Clinical; or A) All
  • Number of Audience Members: Currently there is no fixed limit in audience capacity. We will assign a room per registration outcome. However, if you want to limit the number of audience participants, what is the maximum number of attendees?
  • Audio/Visual Needs: Though we cannot confirm AV at this time, please specify what your needs are.

For Each Presenter:

  • Name, profession, affiliation, degree (if applicable), address, phone, fax, and email
  • One paragraph bio for each presenter
  • Curriculum vitae of primary presenter. If you don't have a CV, please provide us information substantiating your capacity to present on the subject matter.
  • In appreciation for your presentation, up to two additional presenters will have free registration for the day of their workshop. Presenters attending the balance of the conference will be charged a reduced rate of $199. Presenter registrations must be received by the early registration deadline.

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2009
All proposals should be submitted electronically. Please send your proposals to: conference@malesurvivor.org. If you have any further questions, please contact Trisha Massa at YTAMassa@aol.com. All submissions will be reviewed for consideration. Depending on the number of topics submitted and its suitability/relevance to the conference, we reserve the right to decline proposals.
*Once accepted, all proposals will be reviewed by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) for Continuing Education (CE) Credits.

Recommendations and Hints:

  • Preference for workshops that are interactive and informative, with an opportunity for audience participation and a minimum of 15 minutes for a question and answer period.
  • Preference for workshops that demonstrate innovation, clarity and clear evidence of audience participation
  • Common complaints from attendees to bear in mind for your workshop: Poor quality of visuals, handouts that are incomplete and of inferior quality and speakers who do not speak clearly.
  • The majority of attendees are likely to be survivors. Therefore, we hope to have a higher number of presentations for survivors only or both survivors and others.