Skips Hall


March 16, 2018 8:00 am - 4:45 pm


Presented by Serenity Acres Treatment Center and in collaboration with Ashley Addiction Treatment Center, MARC and Westport House

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.

Learning objectives:
– Demonstrate an understanding of how the four core areas of: Self, Relationships, Sexuality, and Spirituality impact a man’s recovery and key issues within each core area.
– Differentiate the way that men experience, process, exhibit symptoms of, and recover from trauma from women’s experience.
– Identify key challenges for men in enhancing relational competence
– Practice exercises to use immediately in their workplace to enhance their clinical competence in the four core areas

Presenter: Dan Griffin, MA

Dan GriffinDan Griffin has worked in the mental health and addictions field for over two decades. In early 2010, he started a consulting, training, and speaking business, Griffin Recovery Enterprises. He served as the state drug court coordinator for the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative, from 2002 to 2010, and was also the judicial branch’s expert on addiction and recovery. Griffin was awarded Hazelden’s first training fellowship for addiction counseling in 1998. He has worked in a variety of areas in the addictions field: research, case management, public advocacy, drug courts, teaching, and counseling. He has been a faculty and consultant for numerous state and federal organizations. He is recognized internationally as an expert on males and trauma. In the fall of 2015, Griffin was honored to be named as a senior fellow at The Meadows.


Friday, March 16, 2018


8:00 am – 4:45 pm


The Westin Annapolis, Annapolis Ballroom
100 Westgate Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

Cost: Free

CEs: 6.25

*This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for 6.25 CE’s.
**This program is pending approval through a national certifying board for all clinicians that work in the area of licensed Substance Use Disorder treatment, licensed Marriage and Family therapy and licensed individual therapy.

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