Upcoming Events

Information about upcoming workshops, professional trainings and public lectures by the staff of The Next Step will be posted here and updated as they develop.


The Next Step Counseling has moved to Western Massachusetts. Our new office is in Easthampton, MA. Here is the contact information:

The Next Step Counseling & Training, P.O. Box 60447, Florence, MA 01062, USA

Phone: (413) 584-0727

We are currently accepting new referrals in Easthampton.


Victims No Longer - Second Edition
The revised, updated, and expanded second edition of Victims No Longer includes updated information, a new chapter on Clergy Abuse, new sections on isolation, workshops, and other topics, additional survivor statements and focuses, and a completely revised resource section. Click on the Books button to the left for more information.


Victims No Longer is now available in an electronic (e-book) format, through Amazon Kindle, Apple e-books, B&N Nook, and KoBo.

Leaping upon the Mountains will be available in electronic format on May 15, 2015


Victims No Longer - Chinese Language Edition has been released by PsyGarden Publishing Company in Taiwan.


A brief section of an interview with Mike on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUuVKLZb1IQ


March 9, 2015

Mike was the guest on the Monday, March 9th edition of "Stop Child Abuse Now" (SCAN) Blog Talk Radio Show .You can find the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bill-murray

The program is sponsored by the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse:http://naasca.org/index.html 


June 16, 2016

Colonie (Albany), New York, USA

Mike will participate in a day-long symposium on "Men & Sexual Trauma: Healing and Recovery" sponsored by the Building Connections Project of The Sexual Assault & Mental Health Project, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), and Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS). For information and registration contact Chrys Ballerano or 518-482-4222 x308 or Deb Faust or 518-434-0439 x221.


June 30, 2016

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Mike will deliver the keynote address, a workshop, and participate in a plenary panel at the 4th annual "Paths to Healing Conference" focusing on male survivors of sexual child abuse. Co-sponsored by Solidarity with Child Abuse Victims/Survivors, Dane County Rape Crisis Center, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Canopy Center, OutReach, Family Sexual Abuse Treatment, and Proud Theater. Details to be determined. For further information contact Callen Harty


August 12-14, 2016

Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA


Led by Mike Lew & Thom Harrigan

The past years have seen great positive change for people in recovery from childhood trauma, and for males in particular. No longer forced to suffer alone, survivors and professionals continue to develop resources and support systems that move the recovery process forward.

This, our 26th annual weekend workshop is for non-offending adult male survivors of sexual child abuse and other sexual trauma. Our goal is to offer a recovery experience in a safe, powerful environment of shared healing. The Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center is on a beautiful, wooded ridge top in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The weekend will provide a variety of healing activities: sharing of stories, writing exercises, anger work, other emotional expression, group discussion, shared creativity, relaxation and even fun in a safe, nurturing environment.

As in previous years, if there are sufficient numbers and interest, the workshop will include a special track for survivors of abuse by clergy.

This event for men actively engaged in recovery work is not a substitute for therapy. A letter of recommendation from a therapist/counselor must accompany one's registration. The registration deadline is July 29th. Space is limited, so please try to register early to secure your place. (Previous weekends have had full registration and a waiting list.)

Considerable attention has been paid to creating a safe, nurturing environment respectful of participants' needs.The weekend focuses on the reality of recovery as revealed by male survivors.

Led by Mike Lew, M.Ed. and Thom Harrigan, L.I.C.S.W., of The Next Step Counseling in Florence, MA. Mike is the author of Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse, and Leaping Upon the Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory Over Sexual Child Abuse. Thom leads groups for male survivors and works extensively with survivors of clergy abuse.

7 PM Friday dinner through Sunday lunch $380.00 includes room, meals, and workshop.

You can register online at Kirkridge registration

Or copy the form section below, paste into a new document, print and mail it to:
Kirkridge Conference and Retreat Center
2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA 18013
Tel. (610) 588-1793


August 12- 14, 2016

Please Print:




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E-Mail address:_______________________________________

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For Canadian Checks indicate "U.S. Funds" next to the dollar and word amounts.

You may pay by credit card (full amount must be paid when registering by credit card)

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For Scholarship Fund:____________________(All gifts are tax deductible)

Please note if you have a disability for use in making room assignments


September 12, 2016

Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

Mike will offer a daylong training at the Tobyhanna Army Depot sponsored by the US Army. For information contact Heather Fiedler


November 18, 2016

Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom

Mike will deliver a keynote address at a national conference sponsored by Operation Emotion. For further information contact Operation Emotion


May 5-7, 2017

Jevnaker (Oslo) Norway

Our 7th annual Victims No Longer weekend workshop for male survivors will again be held at the beautiful Torbjørnrud Hotel. Participants from all countries are welcome. The event is conducted in English with simultaneous translation available to and from Norwegian. For further information contact Lennart or Endre .


Other events in planning stages: Discussions are underway for 2016-2017 events in New Zealand, Israel, Ireland, Canada, and the USA. Information will be posted as it becomes available.