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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (Oct. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941345
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The combination of Dr. Fradkin's years of clinical experience and the personal recoveries of the men and women with whom he collaborated makes for a powerful resource. It provides male survivors and their loved ones with straightforward, practical guidance and inspires hope." -- Mic Hunter, Psy.D., licensed psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist, and author of "Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse" and "Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Military" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Howard Fradkin received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1980 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and has been licensed as a psychologist in Ohio since 1982. Dr. Fradkin co-founded Affirmations: A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth in 1984, a private multidisciplinary practice in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Fradkin has counseled more than 1,000 male survivors as individuals, as couples, and in group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 30-year career. He was one of the co-founders of the National Organization On Male Sexual Victimization (now known as MaleSurvivor), and has served as an Advisory Board member for MaleSurvivor since 2001.

In 2001, Dr. Fradkin became the Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery program. In this role, he had the primary responsibility for developing and implementing the weekend experience, supervising staff, and having primary responsibility for overseeing the emotional experiences of all of the male survivors (and sometimes their partners) who participated in the weekend. In 2010, due to the success and growth of the program, it became necessary to share responsibilities for the program, and since that time, he has served as Co-Chairperson.

Dr. Fradkin has directed 39 Weekends of Recovery since 2001. His expertise was recognized by Oprah Winfrey when she invited him to be her professional guest for two shows, '200 Men' in 2010, focusing on healing for male survivors of sexual abuse. As a male survivor himself, he has learned firsthand about the struggles inherent in achieving recovery, and is able to offer significant hopeand encouragement to empower men to thrive in many aspects of their lives.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin Jan. 20 2013
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This is my review of Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin is one of the most profound and poignant books out there on the subject of sexual victimization, particularly of males, with focus on abuse occuring during childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. The author should be commended on his approach which is compassionate but also realistic.

The book itself is very well laid out as it seamlessly interweaves stories of survivors and their spouses/partners with suggestions from Dr. Fradkin. It takes the reader on a journey from the occurrence of the abuse to consequences of abuse and behaviors that may present themselves, then to all the ways in which a person may cope in healthy, productive ways.

Joining Forces is truly life changing. Although Dr. Fradkin intends it mostly for male survivors of sexual victimization, there is an entire chapter dedicate to those who love or care about a survivor. Additionally, because many effects of sexual abuse can be universal, female survivors would find much in this book that resonates as well.

I would give Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin more than five stars if I could because it is that superbly exceptional.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Know you are not alone, it was not your fault, their is help and recovery is possible! Sept. 6 2013
By Louis Castelli - Published on
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As a survivor, I have read many books over the years on this topic. I have always felt Mike Lew's books were the best for those beginning their journey in recovery. I now believe this would be the book to start with, then on to Mike's! This book, with survivor stories told through "Silence Breakers" is compelling and highlights in a sensitive way, the need for one to break the silence if you want to move forward, to thrive. Then the use of his "Red, Yellow and Green Light" philosophy on how to break your silence and, more importantly, to who, gives survivors a path to follow as they begin their journey. Sensitive and emotional and, without overwhelming you, his book will draw you into the mind and feelings of a survivor like none other I have read. There are many great books on this subject but none better to begin with. Peace to all on their journey, dare to thrive!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much needed advice and support... Dec 15 2012
By Christopher R Allen - Published on
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A supportive and informative book that allows anyone, especially focused on males, dealing with the pain of being sexually traumatized. Offers experiences from men survivors, their partners, their significant others and how they've begun to thrive after doing so much hard work to get their lives back.
This book is for survivors, their loved ones, and anyone wanting to understand what happens when someone is abused, either as a child or an adult.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Woman Breaking Silence Aug. 18 2013
By Christine H. McCoy - Published on
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I have met Howard Fradkin in personal Therapy a number of years ago. I will carry him with me always as he taught me so much. This book for me today is like a breath of fresh air, the window looking over the ocean with the curtains blowing in the breeze! It's just what the doctor ordered for my soul to carry on with healing. I was once told, "it's important to take care of our mind", it opens up our soul and helps our spirit soar. This book helps me today in every healthy way. The new word for me to learn and put into practice is "Thrive". Ahhhh, the missing piece for me. So reading this book is heaven sent, and it's like being right there with Howard in person the way he writes it. Thank God for people like Howard whom pay it forward with such integrity. Today I am grateful I sought out this book, it is enhancing my life already and I'm not even finished. My husband is participating in some of the suggested readings and exercises. IT JUST DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS......A MUST READ! HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASE ! I had purchased two, and so glad I did. Giving this book as a gift to someone I care about. GREAT BOOKFIND!
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Joining Forces May 10 2013
By LaSonya Thompson, Esq. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Fradkin shares an abundant treasure chest of his knowledge and experience on healing and breakthrough for male survivors. He offers a wider perspective for loved ones, spouses and support systems to reflect upon. Joint counseling, communication about physical intimacy, and enduring patience particularly resonated with me. Consider this book as a hopeful reference guide.