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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.

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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.

We are offering a recovery group for male survivors. The fifth group cycle is underway, and we are accepting applications for future groups. Anyone interested can contact Mike or 413-584-0727.

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NOW AVAILABLE!!

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.

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

Leaping upon the Mountains is also available in electronic format.

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

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

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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 

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May 11-12, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Mike will facilitate a 2-day non-residential workshop for adult male survivors sponsored by Aurora Healing Center on Bruce and Sinai Medical Center. For more information and registration contact Maryann or 414-225-4244 or Jesse

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May 25-27, 2018

Jevnaker (Oslo) Norway

Our 8th 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.

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June 22-23, 2018

New Minas (near Wolfville/Kentville), Nova Scotia, Canada

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Survivors Of Abuse Recovering (SOAR), Mike will offer a day-long workshop for male survivors, a day-long workshop for people who work with male survivors (professionals and volunteers), and a public talk. For further information and registration contact Rita vanVulpen


June 22, 2018 Friday: Male Survivor Workshop
June 22, 2018 Friday Evening: Public Session
June 23, 2018 Saturday: Partners and Allies of Abuse Survivors

Mail: 32 Cornwallis St., Kentville, N.S. B4N 2E1
Phone: 902-679-7337 or 877-679-SOAR (7627)
Email: info@survivorsofabuserecovering.ca
Web: www.survivorsofabuserecovering.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soar.ns/

Silver Anniversary 2018

Nova Scotia Society No: 2483696
Registered Charity Status: BN 876605726 RR0001

We are pleased to announce that we are celebrating our 25th year of service.

The workshop will take place on June 22-23, 2018, located at the Louis Millett Centre in New Minas, (9489 Commercial St., New Minas, NS B4N 3E9).

Mike Lew will provide a full day workshop (June 22) for adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, followed by an evening open to the public.

June 23rd, 2018 workshop is open to persons working/associated with survivors and peer supporters. These persons include partners and family member of survivors, and individuals that are faced with the impact of survivor issues in their work/personal lives.

Registration:
1. Friday, June 22, 2018 (Males only) - workshop fee $100
2. Friday, June 22, 2018 (Public) - Evening workshop is FREE
3. Saturday, June 23, 2018 (Partners & Allies of Survivors) - workshop fee $100
(Bursaries are available on request)

What is S.O.A.R.?

S.O.A.R. is a registered, non-profit, charitable society in the Province of Nova Scotia whose mandate is to provide peer counseling and support services to adults impacted by childhood sexual abuse and to provide public education about the effects of childhood sexual abuse.

S.O.A.R. was established in 1993. The society has come a long way in development over the past 25 years. The society began with 13 female peer counsellors and within two years had expanded their services to include all genders in Nova Scotia. The society has received several grants from the five Health Board within the Annapolis Valley. Over the years, S.O.A.R. has received awards from numerous sources, such as, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness MICA award (Meaningful Involvement of Consumers Awards), Doctors of Nova Scotia, recognition at the Nova Scotia Legislature, and presented at a national mental health and addictions form.

The mandate includes four components, ( 1) provide one-to-one peer support and counseling, (2) train co-facilitators to co-facilitate support groups, (3) to have a Train-the-Trainer program and (4) provide awareness and education regarding the impact of childhood sexual abuse.

Registration

To register online for Mike Lew Workshop:
Friday, June 22, 2018, 9 am-4 pm (Males only)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mike-lew-workshop-tickets-42795246735?aff=es2

Friday, June 22, 2018, 7-9 pm (Public)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mike-lew-evening-discussion-tickets-42795702097?aff=es2

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9 am-4 pm
(persons working/associated with survivors)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mike-lew-workshop-tickets-42796052144?aff=es2

*Please return to S.O.A.R. by mail
32 Cornwallis St., Kentville, N.S. B4N 2E1*

Name:
Address:

Phone:
Email:

Please select Workshop(s):

Friday, June 22, 2018, 9 am-4 pm (Males only)__________
Friday, June 22, 2018 7-9 pm (Public)__________
Saturday, June 23, 2018 9 am-4 pm
(persons working/associated with survivors)____________

Fees:
June 22, 9 am-4 pm $100
June 22, 7-9 pm FREE
June 23, 9 am-4 pm $100

If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact S.O.A.R. to inquire about our $50 bursaries.

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August 10-12, 2018

Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA

LEAPING UPON THE MOUNTAINS: A MEN'S RECOVERY WEEKEND

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 28th annual weekend workshop at Kirkridge, 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 27th. 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 Easthampton, 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

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"LEAPING UPON THE MOUNTAINS"
August 10- 12, 2018

Please Print:

Name:_____________________________

Telephone:__________________(H)____________________(W)

Address:_____________________________City:__________________________

State__________________ Zip_________________

E-Mail address:_______________________________________

Roommate request (all rooms double occupancy):____________________________

Amt. of Deposit Enclosed: $_____________(Balance Due on Arrival)

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)

___ Visa ___ MasterCard ___ Discovercard

Number_______________________________________

Expiration Date:________ Signature:____________________________________

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

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

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October 25-27, 2018

Syracuse, New York, USA

Mike will offer a public talk on Thursday evening, the 25th, a professional training day on the 26th, and a workshop for male survivors on the 27th. The events are sponsored by Vera House, McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Center, and Psychological Heath Care (PHC). For information and registration contact Dan Leonard

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March 1-3, 2019

Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA

Allies in Recovery: A Weekend Workshop for Sexual Abuse Survivors and their Partners

The long-term and often painful process of recovery from sexual abuse has profound effects on relationships. Partners and survivors experience a parallel process of understanding the nature of abuse, its effects on the survivor and the couple, and the requirements of healing. Lack of information and understanding on both sides cause great strain on the couple.

This is our 6th weekend workshop designed for couples where one or both of the partners is a non-offending survivor of sexual child abuse, rape, physical violence, emotional abuse and/or neglect. It is open to heterosexual, gay, and lesbian couples in committed relationships. Our goal is to offer a safe, encouraging environment of healing for each partner and the couple.

The weekend will provide a variety of healing activities, including the sharing of stories, writing exercises, anger work and other emotional expression, small group discussion, relaxation, creativity, and yes, even fun.  There will be time for work within the couple as well as individual and small group gatherings just for survivors or just for partners.

Survivors will be able to do their own healing work while learning ways of improving communication with people who care about them. They will come to understand stressors experienced by their partners, and how stepping out of isolation will improve their recovery and their relationship.

Partners will be encouraged to explore and express the challenges they face being in a loving relationship with a survivor and how to practice self care while more effectively supporting and getting support from their partner. Like the survivor, they will begin to move beyond their own isolation toward more effective communication and a healthier, more satisfying relationship.

Led by Mike Lew, and Thom Harrigan of the Next Step Counseling in Easthampton, MA.  Mike is the author of Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuseand Leaping Upon the Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory Over Sexual Child Abuse. Thom leads groups for male survivors and has worked extensively in this field. For more information see: The Next Step Counseling & Training

Cost $695 includes room, board and tuition. You can register online at Kirkridge Registration deadline is February 15, 2019.

Or contact:
Kirkridge Conference and Retreat Center
2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA 18013
Tel. (610) 588-1793

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August 9-11, 2019

Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA

LEAPING UPON THE MOUNTAINS: A MEN'S RECOVERY WEEKEND

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 29th annual weekend workshop at Kirkridge, 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 26th. 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 Easthampton, 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

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"LEAPING UPON THE MOUNTAINS"
August 9-11, 2019

Please Print:

Name:_____________________________

Telephone:__________________(H)____________________(W)

Address:_____________________________City:__________________________

State__________________ Zip_________________

E-Mail address:_______________________________________

Roommate request (all rooms double occupancy):____________________________

Amt. of Deposit Enclosed: $_____________(Balance Due on Arrival)

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)

___ Visa ___ MasterCard ___ Discovercard

Number_______________________________________

Expiration Date:________ Signature:____________________________________

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

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

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Other events in planning stages: Discussions are underway for 2018 and 2019 events in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, and the USA. Information will be posted as it becomes available.

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