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Here’s how you can use our Working with Male Survivors resources for group learning

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We’ve released a lot of new tools over the past year to support advocates in their work with male survivors of sexual assault. We want you to use these tools for individual and collective learning, so we designed a sample curriculum. 

The curriculum is organized around the Working with Male Survivors online toolkit, especially the assessment tool Assessing Our Capacity for Serving Male Survivors of Sexual Violence. The curriculum has six sessions.  Each of the middle four sessions call for participants to start by completing reflection prompts and questions. The sessions then go on to include reading some publications, listening to episodes from our Working with Male Survivors podcast series, discussing with your group, and planning next steps. 

The outline below is designed to be flexible. You might decide to use this as a two-day training, doing three sessions each day. You might meet over the course of six weeks to work on one session per week. Or you might determine something else entirely that suits your group.

Each session could take between two and three hours — including the journaling, reading, and listening you’ll do to prepare for group work. It could take longer if your group decides to spend more time digging into the material. Discuss up front what would work best for your group and do what makes the most sense for you.

We’re available to help. Reach out to us at resources@nsvrc.org as you need support. Have fun!

Sample Curriculum

Session One: In this session, your group will plan how you want to work together. You’ll also review and discuss some introductory materials

Session Two: In this session, your group will consider socialization and how it impacts male survivors of sexual violence.

Session Three: In this session, your group will reflect on communication and outreach strategies for letting people know that your program is there for male survivors of sexual violence.

Session Four: In this session, your group will explore the importance of partnerships for supporting male survivors of sexual violence, and map out partnerships you can make in your service area.

Session Five: In this session, your group will think about what healing services look like for male survivors of sexual violence.    

Session Six: In this session, your group will reflect on what you worked on in the previous sessions, and plan for the future.

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