Training workshop 17th October 2017

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Date(s) - 17/10/2017
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Keele University

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On Tuesday 17th October 2017 Genital Autonomy will be holding a workshop at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK entitled
Understanding the psychological harm of male circumcision.

The workshop is designed for counselors and psychotherapists and will explore the psychological harm experienced by men who have been circumcised, either as a baby, child or adult. This damage is often trivialised and goes unrecognised by health care professionals, family and friends, and sometimes by the individual himself.

Research has shown that symptoms of PTSD are often present in circumcised men, sometimes lifelong. It can present as, or trigger, a multitude of other psychological conditions, such as OCD, agoraphobia or depression. The aim of the workshop is to enable counselors to recognise the specific symptoms not always acknowledged by the client, and to help professionals provide an appropriate response.

Genital Autonomy has sourced speakers from 15 Square which is the leading specialist charity in the UK dealing with this issue. 15 Square has an extensive archive of correspondence from damaged men but has always struggled to find counselors who can deal appropriately with the specific harm.

Introductory morning sessions will feature presentations by knowledgeable speakers on topics related to non-therapeutic genital surgery.

The day will include talks from men affected, telling of their personal experiences about the harm and lack of available sympathetic help. Following this will be an open forum discussion about the issues raised and potential responses from counselors.

There are many men who would benefit from a series of sessions with counselors who are trained to deal with their particular damage and our hope is that a sufficient number of therapists will attend this event. Genital Autonomy is hoping to compile a register of accredited counselors and therapists who have attended one of our training sessions and are equipped to deal with this subject.

You can register for this event at the following link:…
Understanding the psychological harm of male circumcision
Tues 0:00 · Keele Hall, Keele University · Keele
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