Do you want to become a MensWork group facilitator?
Here's how to become a MensWork group facilitator, to begin your own chosen project and be mentored by one of our staff and deliver this powerful work into the community.
The first ever part-time training in Therapeutic MensWork Group Facilitation ran in 2019 over three non-residential weekends and one residential long weekend. New training starts early 2021, comprising three non-residential weekends in London, end February, mid April, end September, and one residential long weekend in fantastic venue in the Ashdown Forest.
Feedback from previous participants available.
Booking now. Reserve your place with a deposit of £225
You do not need to be a trained counsellor or therapist, but these skills will be useful.
- If you are interested in this new initiative you can read about it below.
If you want to apply for the training simply email us on the link at the right of this page and we will send you full details with an application form for you to complete and return .
A TRAINING IN MENSWORK GROUP FACILITATION
There is a problem with men: taught over centuries to cut off from that which is known as ‘the feminine’ and define ourselves by what we are not, sometimes we seem to live a half-life. Our emotional range is typically undeveloped and our relationship skills are usually immature. Violence, withdrawal or cynicism are some of the all too frequent reactions to experiencing vulnerability or the challenges of love.
Many of us grow up with inadequate fathering which affects our sense of our own masculinity, building in distance and a fear of opening up. Others, growing up in a world reconfigured by feminism and the necessary deconstruction of masculinity, struggle to find healthy or attractive models of maleness and find themselves stranded in guilt, shame, doubt or unconscious rage or grandiosity. Some retreat to defensive male armour and unwitting misogyny; others naively open their chests to the slings and arrows of female anger.
How do we heal from these things and find a healthy male evolutionary path?
It is really hard to ‘do it’ alone. Men’s path to maturity and wisdom seems to be different to women’s, and the one-to-one encounter is not the ideal male channel. Working in therapeutic men’s groups is often much more effective for men than individual therapy. Since men learn defensive masculinity in groups of men, they can best unlearn it in groups, as a step towards maturity.
What men missed in their own fathers they may find in other men in order to ‘re-programme’ their internal lack. Exploring identity issues and practising being emotionally present – learning to ‘open the heart’ – in groups promotes better family and work relationships. Equally, learning ways of assertion in a nurturing group of men can help find again the root of tenderness, of passion and of a thrusting directionality that some men seem to lack.
Supported by deep therapeutic menswork, men can both challenge the patterns of dominant but defensive masculinity and free themselves from subservience to an idealised feminine principle. Now they can become a force for social change in their own communities and healthy anchors for future generations.
Why this training?
Inspired first by feminism, men’s groups first took off in the late 1970s and 1980’s. Animated subsequently by the discovery of indigenous gender initiation processes, large men’s gatherings were a feature of the late 80’s and early 90s. Self-facilitated men’s groups have often continued for many years and have been supportive to their members. But if a men’s group is to use its full potential it must become a transformative space. Such a matrix means that a creative mix of support, challenge, practice and teaching is called for. This cannot be self-led and therefore requires facilitation. This is best done – as in the past – by ‘elders’, who have walked the path themselves. It is not enough simply to have enthusiasm and right intention: working with any group requires skill, which takes time to learn.
This training offers a fourfold elemental structure: an introduction to Menswork, a basic training in group-dynamics, a foundation in Gender Psychology, and a practicum support to participants’ own projects or apprenticeships. The successful candidate may then be beady to take a ‘step into the centre’ to facilitate his own menswork group.
Format of the training
- The training will consist of four weekend group modules plus individual and small group activities between the modules. (The current proposal is to have three non-residential meetings in London and one residential outside London.)
The weekends will be a combination of theory and practice and there will be hand-outs provided post-weekend on didactic material.
Between the modules there will be small group mentoring/ tutorial spaces organised either digitally or in London (or other populous venues) for those able to make them.
Each candidate will also have his own personal mentor (from one of the team members) for individual consultations during the training process.
Attendance and CPD certificates will be issued, and those attending 90% or more of the training may update their certificate to a Diploma in Therapeutic Menswork by submitting a written summary of their individual report enriched by material learned on the training and going through a self/ peer/ trainer assessment process.
The training will be staffed by affiliates of the Centre for Gender Psychology Menswork Team, led by Nick Duffell.
M1 20-21/2/21 Non-residential London.
Topics: Introduction to Menswork and the forgetful heart; Gender Psychology 1: Identity, difference and distance; Facilitated Group Process; Gender Psychology 2: The Male Line
M2 17-18/4/21 Non-residential London.
Topics: Menswork and the search for the father’s heart; Gender Psychology 3: Sexuality and Ground; Facilitated Group Process; Gender Psychology 4: The Ideal and Real Sexual Sources
M3 18-20/6/21 Residential long weekend 6pm Friday till 4pm Sunday in fantastic venue in the Ashdown Forest. Staff: Whole team
Topics: An Introduction to group dynamics; The group as matrix; Facilitated Group Process; Developing groupwork as praxis.
M4 25-26/9/19 Non-residential London
Topics: Menswork as a transformative tool; Gender Psychology 5: The Five Shields; Facilitated Group Process; Stepping into the centre: the Elder Shield
Training fees: £1350; Residential costs (at negotiated rate): £250 TBC; Mentoring fee by arrangement with mentor