Men’s Behaviour Change Programs
Sorry Men! There is no quick fix to making change. The process of behaviour change is a long one, and participation is no way predictive of positive change. At the same time there is evidence that men can and do modify their behaviour, research over the longer term demonstrates that it is exceedingly difficult to predict which men will sustain positive change or for how long. I believe if you are serious and committed to making change this program will be of great benefit to you. Have a look at what others, who have attended and completed the program, have said under our testimonials.
For this reason the program consist of three phases;
The Phase 1 level runs over two Victorian School terms (approximately 20 weeks). In this program participants are offered support and challenged in taking responsibility for their behaviour. This program is open where participants are welcome to join the program at any time. The men learn to break the pattern of their violent behaviour and are invited to consider a range of abusive, controlling acts and the consequences these have for women, children and other members of the community. In this group, basic skills are taught to improve the safety situation for others. In the second ten weeks, the program challenges their old behaviours, and belief systems. The course deals with a range of destructive behaviours, explores gender roles, it challenges the participant to question existing personal attitudes and feelings, which continue to encourage him to take a deeper responsibility for his own behaviour.
Prerequisite is to attend two assessment interviews, within 6 weeks of commencement date, with David Nugent
The Phase 2 level runs for a semester over two Victorian school terms (approximately 20 weeks). This program is offered to men who have demonstrated they have changed their behaviour. This invitation is based on their participation and commitment to the Phase One Program and the feedback I receive from their partner/family. Communication skills (which include listening, assertiveness and responding skills) are taught and explored in this Phase. Ongoing support is provided for the participants and their partner; and a variety of topics are explored which enhance the participants well-being. This program is for Men who have the desire to continue with their self-development. This program will help enhance a solid foundation in their behaviour change so they can continue providing a safe environment for themselves and their families in the long term.
Prerequisites is to attend an assessment session with David Nugent and the participant must have completed a minimum 16 sessions of Phase 1 within 28 weeks of commencement date and have demonstrated change in behaviour.
The Phase 3: "Staying in Tune" program is an ongoing support program empowering men to continue to be better men. The program builds on the principles used in the Phase 1 and 2 programs, which is educating and supporting men to maintain respectful and violence free relationships. This program runs once a month during the term. (usually 3 sessions per term)
The program is designed to help men identify and work towards individual goals, as well as support them to access additional services when required. The program will cover topics such as the following:
- Men and emotions
- Mental wellbeing for men; and the common challenges
- How to stay on top of Positive Mental Health
- Active Listening- The power of gratitude
- Creating a self-care toolkit
- Resolving conflict
- looking at mindfulness
Why should you attend this program?
Often men do not have many mates they can talk about these things with. The restriction of emotional expression in many men's lives can lead to:
- a greater sense of isolation
- less support being available from loved ones
- health issues due to carrying chronic tension in the body
- bad coping strategies
- relationship difficulties due to an inability to resolve emotional conflicts
This program is for men who do not want to become complacent and want to be better men, better husband/partners, better fathers and role models in our community.
For those women who are enrolled in the women’s group (have completed 3 terms) and for their partners who have completed Phase 2, we offer a special workshop over 10 evenings. Participants learn communication skills, ways of responding to each other, reflective listening skills and dealing assertively with criticism.
In a relationship, conflicts and difficulties are almost inevitable. It’s not the arguments and conflict that are bad for your relationship, it’s the way you handle conflicts and arguments that will help your relationship grow, or come to an end. In this program, participants are taught to respond to each other and stay focused on the issue that’s raised rather than become side-tracked with other issues.