Thelma McMillen Frontiers In Addiction
Lecture Series Presents: ‚Äč

March 21, 2017

“It’s Us, Not Them: How We are Failing Men in Treatment”

Dan Griffin, MA

Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc.
CEO & Lead Consultant
Senior Fellow, The Meadows

The traditional model for working with men was built around "breaking men down" and that paradigm continues to have a significant influence on the ways in which men are treated by programs and clinicians. Even though approximately 70% of the people that go through treatment annually are men, the majority of professionals have not been trained to effectively work with men. Furthermore, men and women experience, respond to, exhibit the symptoms of and recover from trauma differently. Therefore, the interventions and treatment services we provide to men must also be different. Client-centered treatment cannot mean avoiding the systemic impact of gender on our clients - male and female identified. Many treatment professionals may be unintentionally re-traumatizing male participants thereby increasing their risk of failure in the program. This presentation offers practical guidance and tools for professionals working with men in navigating these challenging areas.


  • Describe two ways as to how the four core areas of: Self, Relationships, Sexuality and Spirituality impact a man’s recovery and key issues within each core area.

  • Identify two differences in the way that men experience, process, exhibit symptoms of, and recover from trauma that is different from women’s experience.

  • Identify two exercises to use in clinical practice to enhance clinical competence in the four core areas of Self, Relationships, Sexuality and Spirituality.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Registration / Breakfast
8:30 a.m.

FREE Continental Breakfast Provided

Torrance Memorial's Health Conference Center
3315 Medical Center Dr. Torrance, Calif. 90505 (off Skypark Dr; between Hawthorne & Crenshaw)

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Target Audience: MDs and Psychologists (*), RN (BRN Provider #300), LCSW & MFT (CAMFT #128405),

CCAPP (2S-02-489-0718), CAADE (CP20 931C0819) and allied health professionals.

The Thelma McMillen Center is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs. Thelma McMillen maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Certificates will be awarded at the end of the presentation with the return of a filled out evaluation.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

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