The Weekend of Recovery and Day of Recovery Facilitator Team is made up of highly-skilled trauma clinicians, utilizing current ethical and best practice evidence-based standards of trauma treatment.

Facilitator Team Manager

Jim Struve is a lifelong social justice activist. He created one of the earliest Peace Studies Programs in the country at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late 1960s. He began to work with male survivors in 1976 and has experience working in a wide range of clinical settings: child protective services, residential treatment, in-patient hospitals, community agencies, and private practice.

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MenHealing E.D. & Facilitator Team Manager

Jim Struve, LCSW

Jim was a co-organizer of one of the earliest conferences (1988) to address concerns of non-offending male survivors. In 1995, he was a founding member of the National Organization Against Sexual Victimization of Males (currently MaleSurvivor.org). He has been a member of the Weekends of Recovery Facilitator Team since 2003. In 2017, Jim was instrumental in the incorporation of MenHealing and has served as Executive Director since that time.

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The depth of effectiveness of our Team of Facilitators is enhanced by a history of stable and long-standing working relationships; many Facilitators have been members of the Team for 10 years or longer.

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Oluwatosin (Tosin) Akindele

LMSW

Tosin is a licensed master social worker who is passionate about disrupting the negative stigma around mental health in communities of color. Currently, Tosin works as a school social worker, providing psychotherapy to high school students dealing with mental and emotional hardships that directly effect their adjustment and performance in and outside of the school community.

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Lee Beckstead

PhD

Lee is a psychologist with a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been co-facilitating Weekends of Recovery since 2005. He specializes in relationship issues, such as self-esteem, assertiveness, intimacy, identity, sexuality, and gender. Focusing on relationship dynamics, he provides individual, couples, and group therapy for adults who have concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, body image, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, and grieving.

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Chad Corbley

PhD

Chad is a licensed psychologist working in private practice. He is owner of City Counseling: A Home for Growth, a practice focused on serving the needs of marginalized populations, particularly LGBT folks. Chad’s areas of speciality include GLB and Trans concerns, HIV/AIDS, and survivors of trauma. Chad is grateful to be part of both MenHealing and Taking Back Ourselves, an organization dedicated to women survivors of sexual trauma. 

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Uma Dorn

PhD, PC

Uma, the director of MenHealing’s Program Evalution Project, received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia in 2011. She has been working in the mental health field for almost 15 years primarily working with children and families. Uma uses a multicultural and ecosystemic perspective in her work with clients including trauma. She currently teaches courses related to clinical practice and supervision of clinical work.

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Sandi Forti

PhD, PC

Sandi is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Columbus, Ohio, and has been a facilitator for the Weekends of Recovery for MenHealing since 2006, and Taking Back Ourselves since 2014.

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Jessica Gusberg

LCSW

Jessica is a therapist with a focus on trauma-informed healing work. She has 15 years experience in counseling, holistic healing, workshop facilitation, teaching, and training with youth, adults and families involved in the foster care, juvenile justice, and criminal justice systems. Her primary focus is engaging in healing-centered work led by those who have experienced harm. Jessica embraces a warm and humanist approach centered on mindfulness and connection.

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Sharon Imperato

LMHC

Sharon has been working in the field of sexual trauma for over ten years and is Rape Crisis Trained. She is the Manager of Clinical Services at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Sharon has experience in working extensively with male survivors and their loved ones. She co-facilitates a male survivors group in Boston, provides couples counseling, and focuses on sexual issues and addictions that stem from sexual trauma.

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Kenton Kirby

LCSW

With up to 20 years of experience, Kenton previously worked in the child welfare system in New York City as well as a Forensic Social worker throughout the New York court system. He has been an adjunct lecturer at the graduate and undergraduate level in New York City and has a wide array of experience providing individual and group therapy to those with complex mental health needs in sex offender, parenting, and drug treatment programs.

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Brian McCloud

MED

Brian completed his MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sport Psychology at the University of Utah in 2021. Brian currently serves as a mental health counselor of Psychology & Wellness in the Department of Athletics at the University of Utah. Prior to working in the mental health field, Brian was an elementary and middle school P.E. & Wellness teacher and Firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Ernesto Mujica

PhD

Ernesto is an Instructor in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is a Supervisor of Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is an Associate Editor of the institute’s journal, Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Mujica maintains a full-time private practice in individual and couples therapy on the upper west side in Manhattan.

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Josephine Pang

LCSW

Josephine is a second-generation Chinese American, raised by immigrant parents in Los Angeles, CA where she received her B.A in Critical Gender Studies at the University of California- San Diego. She later earned her MSW degree at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work and has been supporting survivors of abuse and violence within community-based, school-based and hospital settings throughout the Greater Boston Area since 2011.

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Richard Sims

RSME, RSMT, CTP

Rich is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator, Movement Therapist, Certified Trauma Professional, Somatic & Mindfulness Educator, Body Awareness and Aikido Instructor based in the Chicago area. He’s worked with Somatic (Body Based), Embodiment and Mindfulness practices for over twenty-five years. Through this experience he teaches his students to create an open, caring, relaxed, powerful “BodyMind” state.

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Diana Thomas

MED, CHMC

Diana is a licensed clinical mental health counselor. She trained in feminist multicultural therapy at the University of Utah and worked at the Rape Recovery Center for many years, including six years as clinical director. She is certified in EMDR and The Work of Byron Katie. She has facilitated workshops on many topics including trauma response, shame resilience, listening skills, mindfulness, and self care.

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Peitao Zhu

PhD

Peitao is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northern Illinois University. He is a National Certified Counselor and License Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine.

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Facilitator Team Emeritus

Since 2001, numerous clinicians have volunteered varying lengths of their time as Facilitators. We thank each of these past Facilitators for their contributions to helping us build a dynamic and effective program.

Emeritus Facilitators are those past members of our Team who continue to provide some amount of collaborative or consultative services to our on-going work.

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Howard Fradkin

PhD, LICDC-CS

Howard was the first Chairperson of the Weekend of Recovery program, which began in October 2001. In 2010, he became Co-Chair with Jim Struve. Howard has been featured as an expert on Oprah Winfreys 200 Men show, Dr. Phil, Katie, Huffington Post TV, and many nationally syndicated and local radio shows. In 2017 Howard retired from the WOR team, after overseeing and helping to facilitate over 60 weekends for over 1200 men. In his Emeritus role, Howard continues to offer consultation to the team to help the new organization to thrive even more!

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Paul Linden

PhD

Paul is a specialist in body awareness education and the developer of Being In Movement mindbody education. He holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido and a first degree black belt in Karate, and he is an instructor of the Feldenkrais Method. Paul has extensive experience teaching musicians, athletes, computer users, pregnant women, adult survivors of child abuse, children with attention disorders, people embroiled in conflicts, and business persons.

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Mikele Rauch

LMFT

Since 1983, Mikele has worked with survivors of sexual trauma of all genders, specializing in the areas of physical, sexual, religious, and ritual abuse and violence, utilizing art, music, bodywork and mindfulness practices to the work of recovery. She was co-creator of Weekends of Recovery and is Founder of Taking Back Ourselves. Mikele is Executive Director of Taking Back Ourselves and is in private practice in Brookline, MA.

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The Role of Women Facilitators

One of the valuable resources at a Weekend of Recovery or Day of Recovery is the presence of women facilitators who bring a wealth of therapeutic experience with men who have had a history of sexual victimization.

Women facilitators can offer the benefit of witness and exchange that may differ from what men have experienced.

During the weekends, they share fully in the responsibilities and work of the team. The inclusion of women on the team offers men an opportunity to examine their reactions to women in a safe setting.