ERIC Number: ED212967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Innovative Approach to Meeting the Needs of Men in a Community Mental Health Center.
Robbins, Charles L.
This paper describes a mental health clinic program designed specifically for men, and reviews historical antecedents which led to its creation. A literature search is presented which reveals a lack of research relating specific male needs to mental health programs. The program description discusses the workshop/seminar format adopted by the men's group which met once a week for six weeks, and the discussion topics, e.g., changing male roles, sexuality, relationships (male/male, male/female), awareness of feelings, marriage and separation, the father role, and careers. The combination of leader presentations and sharing by group members at each session is described. Publicity problems are reviewed, along with recruitment methods. The high attrition rate is noted along with the experiences of the one leader and three participants who continued. An informal evaluation of the success of the group is included and concerns to be addressed before the formation of a new group are identified. The rationale for offering similar programs is also presented. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981).