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Men, Gender and Trauma

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Developed by the Institute for Health and Recovery with funding from the Department of Public Health/Bureau of Addiction Services.

This 75 minute online training will help substance use disorder and other treatment professionals understand how men’s socialization as men can interfere with recovery from substance use and other disorders. Specific techniques are presented for working with men to increase their awareness of the impact of the way they were socialized in order to promote recovery from trauma and substance use disorders.

Rates of traumatic experiences are high among men in the United States and even higher among men in treatment for a substance use disorder and/or who are incarcerated. The vast majority of those in treatment for a substance use disorder and who are incarcerated are males. Yet, past treatment models have not adequately addressed the specific needs of men in treatment.

To meet these needs it is recommended that treatment and correctional settings provide gender responsive, trauma informed care. In this program we will explore the topic of gender responsive care by first exploring the influence of gender on how people experience, respond to, and recover from traumatic experiences. We will explore societal messages of masculinity and how these messages shape the way men respond to trauma and how society responds to the ways in which men attempt to cope. Finally, we will explore gender role analysis and treatment models that may help men recover from traumatic experiences.

Continuing Education Units

  • LCSW/LICSW: The above listed Distance Learning program has been approved for 1.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours in accordance with the Regulation of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00. Social Work Auth. #D73830.
  • LMHC: This program has been approved for 1.25 Category II Contact Hours; MaMHCA Approval # 19-1218.
  • LADC: This program has been approved for 1.25 Contact Hours of Training Credit from The MA Department of Public Health, BSAS/LADC Unit.


  1. Describe current rates of trauma among men in treatment for a substance use disorder or who are incarcerated.
  2. Explain how gender messages and expectations affect male psychosocial development.
  3. Identify the challenges these messages and expectations present in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  4. Describe how the application of gender role analysis may benefit men in treatment for a substance use disorder.
  5. Demonstrate at least one gender role intervention.

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the training, contact David Stanley at

Developed by the Institute for Health & Recovery with funding from the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Addiction Services.

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