The Invisible Men: Psychotherapeutic responses to men who have been sexually abused

with Dr Alan Corbett

Saturday 22 October 2016 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

Workshop cost: £110/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early-bird discount of 15% available until 8 January 2016


The Workshop:

The sexual abuse of boys and men is an underreported phenomenon that many psychotherapists continue to feel unprepared to work with. This workshop will examine the specific characteristics of male sexual abuse and will explore the ways in which psychotherapy can meet the needs of male survivors. Drawing on over twenty years’ experience of working with men who have experienced sexual abuse, Dr Corbett will look at particularly gendered responses to sexual trauma, the role of shame and injured masculinity and the impact of sexual abuse upon the client/therapist dyad.

The day will cover such themes as working with deep seated depression, gender and sexuality confusion, attacks upon the body, eating disorders, dissociative identity disorder, the impact of abuse upon intimate relationships and the use of drugs to anaesthetise the pain of having been abused. Transference and countertransference responses to male sexual abuse will be considered, alongside the personal impact upon the practitioner of working with men with histories of extreme sexual disturbance. The day will be suitable for those already working with male survivors, and those who are new to the field.

The Trainer:

Dr Alan Corbett is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor. He is a Trustee and former Chair of the Training Committee of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, Member of the Training Committee of the Guild of Psychotherapists and sits on the Board of Confer. He has been Clinical Director of Respond, the CARI Foundation and ICAP, a Consultant Psychotherapist with the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and the School of Life, and teaches on a number of psychoanalytic trainings in London and Dublin. He is the author of "Disabling Perversions: Forensic Psychotherapy with Patients with Intellectual Disabilities" and the forthcoming “The Invisible Men” (Karnac Books).