tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-29530100575621104182016-08-07T04:45:05.239-07:00Helping Men Glen Poolenoreply@blogger.comBlogger168125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-10408104496627946452015-10-20T21:44:00.001-07:002015-10-20T22:53:37.908-07:00Men's Health Gathering 2015 (Australia) --- Day Two <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-89_3y2WGVgM/VicKgLtY0sI/AAAAAAAABSg/bhsv5s5EHzI/s1600/Mens%2BHealth%2BGathering%2BFlyer-page-header.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-89_3y2WGVgM/VicKgLtY0sI/AAAAAAAABSg/bhsv5s5EHzI/s400/Mens%2BHealth%2BGathering%2BFlyer-page-header.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men (UK), is in Australia to deliver a series of talks, trainings and workshop.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">You can find out about the training that is of offer from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/10/helping-men-get-help-in-australia-2015.html">Helping Men in Australia here</a>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">You can see <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/10/mens-health-gathering-2015-australia.html">our blog about Day One of the gathering here</a>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">This week he's at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.workingwithmen.org.au/" target="_blank">2015 National Men's Health Gathering in Terrigal</a>, Central Coast, New South Wales.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;">The event combines two conferences: the&nbsp;</span>11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;National Men’s Health Conference and the&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;National Aboriginal and Torres Island Strait Male Health Convention</span></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">It runs until Friday at the Crowne Plaza, Terrigal NSW Plaza. This year’s them is Sharing the Knowledg</span><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">e: Male health is everyone’s business.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>3.30 pm</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">There are five concurrent sessions this afternoon including:</span><br /><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Aboriginal cultural workshop focusing on spiritually guiding young men</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Men's health promotion with presentations from <a href="http://www.matesinconstruction.org.au/" target="_blank">Mates In Construction</a>, <a href="http://www.uws.edu.au/school-of-social-sciences-and-psychology/ssap/key_people/academic_staff_directory/dr_neil_hall" target="_blank">Dr Neil Hall</a> on Over 35s football and men's wellbeing,&nbsp;&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.mensshed.org/" target="_blank">Men's Sheds</a>&nbsp;experience</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Men's Mental Wellbeing, including a session on mindfulness, a session on depression in young men and a presentation on an Aboriginal men's depression support group&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">A session of Royal Commission on childhood sexual abuse and how it is responding to Aboriginal men</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">I've attended the session with the following three national and state paper presentations:</span></div><div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The Brazilian and Australian men's health policies</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">A documentary on masculinity and mental health</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Behind the seen---the impact of PTSD amongst emergency services responders&nbsp;</span></li></ul></div><b style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1.30 p.m.</b><br /><br />Julian Krieg, AMHF President, presides over the official opening of the 11th National Men's Health Conference.<br /><br />This session includes a key presentation from Michael Moore, CEO of the <a href="https://www.phaa.net.au/" target="_blank">Public Health Association of Australia</a>&nbsp;and President Elect of the <a href="http://www.wfpha.org/" target="_blank">World Federation of Public Health Associations</a>.<br /><br />Moore says we shouldn't talk about "equality" we should talk about "equity" when it comes to men's health.<br /><br />I disagree, we should talk about both.<br /><br />Equality is objective and measurable. Equity is subjective and open to never-ending debate and disagreement.<br /><br />How do we know where we need to take action to address men and boy's health and wellbeing is we don't first measure which types of men are experiencing inequality and where they are unequal?<br /><br />Moore shares his 10 steps to influencing politicians and policy, which seem to be <a href="http://www.kotterinternational.com/the-8-step-process-for-leading-change/" target="_blank">based on Kotter change theory</a>.<br /><b><br /></b><b>Advocacy: 10 Steps To Influence&nbsp;</b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"></span></div><ol><li>Establishing a sense of urgency</li><li>Creating the guiding coalition</li><li>Developing and maintaining influential relationship</li><li>Developing a change vision</li><li>Communicating the vision for buy in</li><li>Empowering broad-based action</li><li>Being opportunistic</li><li>Generating short-term wins</li><li>Never letting up</li><li>Incorporating changes into the culture</li></ol><div>Good question in the Q&amp;A session from Anthony Brown (<a href="http://www.uws.edu.au/mhirc/mens_health_information_and_resource_centre" target="_blank">Men's Health Information &amp; Resource Centre)</a>. He asks what he can we do to ensure NGOs and others name "men's health" and talk about it?<br /><br />Moore promises: "You'll start to hear me talking about men's health both nationally and internationally".</div><b style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">AM: Cultural Visits</b><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The morning was dedicated to cultural visits. I went on a site visit that was masterfully hosted by Stuart McMinn, Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Male Health Conference, a man wise beyond his years. More on this later.</span></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-12339658487329831942015-10-19T17:44:00.001-07:002015-10-19T22:23:23.836-07:00Men's Health Gathering 2015 (Australia)---Day One<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vgZwWPCSjX4/ViWNQore0pI/AAAAAAAABR4/-bcbhZ8MesM/s1600/Mens%2BHealth%2BGathering%2BFlyer-page-header.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="250" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vgZwWPCSjX4/ViWNQore0pI/AAAAAAAABR4/-bcbhZ8MesM/s400/Mens%2BHealth%2BGathering%2BFlyer-page-header.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men (UK), is in Australia to deliver a series of talks, trainings and workshop.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">You can find out about the training that is of offer from <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/10/helping-men-get-help-in-australia-2015.html">Helping Men in Australia here</a>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;" /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">This week he's at the <a href="http://www.workingwithmen.org.au/" target="_blank">2015 National Men's Health Gathering in Terrigal</a>, Central Coast, New South Wales.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;">The event combines two conferences: the&nbsp;</span>11<sup>th</sup> National Men’s Health Conference and the&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;National Aboriginal and Torres Island Strait Male Health Convention</span></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">It runs until Friday at the Crowne Plaza, Terrigal NSW Plaza. This year’s them is Sharing the Knowledg</span><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">e: Male health is everyone’s business</span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">3.30pm: Panel Session, how do we ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health is everyone’s business?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Panel Chair: Steve Ella, Manager, Nunyana Aboriginal Health</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Speakers:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">--- Professor Noel Hayman, Director, Inala</span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; 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mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><!--EndFragment--></div><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>3.00 pm: Afternoon Tea</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>1.30 pm:&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Now for a range of concurrent afternoon sessions including:</span><br />The AOD Sessions chaired by Matt Stubbs:<br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li>“The Glen” – We don’t only talk about the problem, we offer a solution</li><li>&nbsp;Matthew Simmons, The Glen, Glen Collis</li><li>Two arms – one service, Gerard Byrne, Salvation Army</li></ul>The working with young males and community sessions, chaired by Stuart McMinn:<br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li>It’s a sad day: broken dreaming, young males and community response, Sharn Bergan, Regional Youth Support Services Inc</li><li>Something that’s working! A program to keep indigenous youth out of detention, Chris Krogh,&nbsp; Evaluator, Indigenous Justice Support Program, Regional Youth Support Services Inc.</li><li>Good Sports – working to help create healthier men, healthier clubs and healthier communities, Marc Glanville, Northern NSW Regional Manager – Good Sports, Australian</li></ul><div>The session I'm heading to is a Cultural Workshop chaired by Kim Hopkins. It's called: r<span lang="EN-US">econnecting our past, securing out future – intergenerational trauma and healing in an aboriginal community and is presented by BJ Duncan, Chair of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.&nbsp;</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">The talk focuses on how the Land Council fights for rights of Aboriginal land owners in the local area.</span></div><br />Fascinating conversation taking place here---why do we place so much focus on economic and educational equality while ignoring the potential to make indigenous young people's richer culturally and spiritually, asks one delegate?<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We do live in both worlds, says BJ Duncan, the black world and white world and white&nbsp;</span>people get very threatened when we match them economically</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">12.30 pm: LUNCH</b></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><b>11.45 am:</b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Addressing and responding to male youth suicide: Healing Holistically – Keeping our campfires burning forever---</span>Robert Eggington, Director of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Community.<br /><br />A deeply moving presentation and personal testimony covering suicide, sexual abuse and grief, problems which Robert says goes "unseen, unheard and by many in this country, turned away".<br /><br />Robert highlights the problem of Aboriginal child suicide----the youngest know case happening at just 8 years old.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b>11.30 am:&nbsp;</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">I-bobbly – using technology to prevent Aboringial youth suicide, Joseph Tighe, Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales</span></div><br />Interesting stat, the average 18 year old indigenous male is 7x more likely to kill himself than a non-indigenous male.<br /><br />Interesting evaluation of the development of a Phone App for use in suicide prevention in indigenous community in Broome, Western Australia.<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">11.00 am: Plenary Session: Aboriginal Youth Engagement, Chair Stuart McMinn<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">This sesssion starts with traditional dance performance by the Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation Dance and Didgeridoo Group. At the end of the performance: w</span>e don’t have a word for goodbye because if we don’t see you again in this lifetime we’ll see you again in dreamtime.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">10.30 am: Morning Tea Break</b></div><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>9.30 am:&nbsp;</b></span> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Keynote speech from Associate Professor Gregory Phillips, Baker IDI Heart &amp; Diabetes Institute. The title of the speech is: Freedom: What does it mean to act as a strong, healthy black man?</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jMofvOkQ-xg/ViWtGQtVQtI/AAAAAAAABSI/DKmV4PZR5Cc/s1600/IMG_2010.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="331" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jMofvOkQ-xg/ViWtGQtVQtI/AAAAAAAABSI/DKmV4PZR5Cc/s400/IMG_2010.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>Colonialism affects the oppressed and the oppressor and the people who watch it (and I know it’s not as simple as that), says Phillips.<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Epidemiology and the tools of public health can be detrimental to aboriginal health because they treat indigenous people as a problem---the deficit mode;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">There’s long been a belief that “if we taught white fellas our culture they would magically love us and our services would improve”.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">For too long indigenous people have tried to tell white people what to do (eg develop policies for indigenous people) and white people have been telling indigenous people what to do.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br />While teaching white people about indigenous culture is important, it doesn’t work on its own.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Those who are ready to hear it, hear it and those who are not ready to hear, get angry and blame the teachers for being racist (i.e. you’re racist to me because your talking about colonisation). </span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />More on this later........</div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BbFcercLMBI/ViWtVq98kjI/AAAAAAAABSQ/JFlq6r5AHkk/s1600/IMG_2013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="396" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BbFcercLMBI/ViWtVq98kjI/AAAAAAAABSQ/JFlq6r5AHkk/s400/IMG_2013.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Indigenous people should focus on teaching culture to “our own mob” and </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“white fellas” should deal with their part of the equation is dealing with racism. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Mainstream conversations about indigenous health tend to focus on “naughty Aboriginal” who miss their health appointments and “naughty men” who need more counseling. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The public health system produces sickness because it fails ot address the power imbalance in health in Australia, says Phillips. This isn’t just wrong for Aboriginals, it’s wrong for white fellas he says, because it’s not addressing the unlevel playing field. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">As a comparison, Phillips mentions that when the AFL decided it wanted to get women involved in the sport (Australian Rules Football) employed a women (he emphasizes the fact that it was just one woman).</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Her job was not jus to get women interested in the sport, but also to educate all the blokes about the sexism and male privilege.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">As an aside, he makes clear he’s not saying that all women are good and men are bad, it’s not that simple, but that some bloke’s sexism in the sport was a barrier to women. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He says it should have been the men’s responsibility to address this barrier and in the same way, he says, it is the responsibility of white people to address the institutional racism that impact son Aboriginal health. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He says meritocracy is a myth for Aboriginal people.&nbsp;</span>He says the way you define the problem is how you define the solution. He says the question of power imbalance is never taken into account --- and cites the negative response to <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-30/bradley-goodes-war-dance-reveals-our-moral-confusion/6657960" target="_blank">Adam Goodes' Aboriginal goal-scoring celebrations </a>as an example of the lack of power Aboriginal people have to express their culture in White society.<br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span>He says the statistics are there to make out that Aboriginals are all bad, mad and sad---but when do we talk about strengths? When do we talk about what Aboriginal men can teach white men about how to father, for example.<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Aboriginal people are the oldest culture in the world and have the knowledge that the worlds need, the ability to adapt and survive---a knowledge that is becoming increasingly for an international community faced with climate change. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">It suits those in power to maintain a negative narrative about “naughty Aboriginal people who need to stop drinking” for example, he says.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He moves on to talk about Whiteness, by which he means a set of values and beliefs---a mind set of power and privilege which promotes neo-liberalism as the only way of thinking and presents science as purely objective and not a cultural concept. </span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">There’s a lot of black people who have taken on values of whiteness because we are colonised and we’re all still recovering form colonisation, he says. We are still emerged from “the mouth of the snake”. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">He references a theory of "whiteness"---as in white values, not skin colour---that references e<a href="http://thoughtleader.co.za/gillianschutte/2013/10/07/the-eight-ways-of-being-white/" target="_blank">ight different ways of being</a>:</div><br /><ul><li>White Supremacist---advocates for society that preserves, names and values white "superiority"&nbsp;</li><li>White Voyeurist---doesn't challenge white supremacism but finds non-whiteness fascinating, exotic, interesting and pleasurable&nbsp;</li><li>White Privilege---critiques white supremacy, maintains view of "fairness" and "equality" the normalise "whiteness"---may have goal of "diversity" within white systems</li><li>White Benefit---privately sympathetic to anti-racist views, but won't speak out or take action because benefits from whiteness</li><li>White Confessional---feels guilty after the fact and seeks validation from black people</li><li>White Critical---takes on critiques of whiteness, challenges white authority/regime&nbsp;</li><li>White Traitor---refuses to be complicit with and subverts white privilege and authority&nbsp;</li><li>White Abolitionist---dismantles regime of whiteness, changes white institutions&nbsp;</li></ul><div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He says when the elder did the traditional song in his welcome this morning, he could hear his song and he could hear the strength of the culture that can survive from the onslaught of colonisation, but he can feel that the suffering cause d by colonisation is still having and impact---and that’s what’s in the way of Aboriginal health improving</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">That stuff, he says, &nbsp;is white people’s work to do, not the work of indigenous people.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He draws a parallel with gender, saying that the work being done with men is making the world safer for women and that it’s not women’s responsibility to do this work </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He says white people need to refuse to be complicit in white privilege in the way that men need to refuse to be complicit in five centuries of male privilege.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He says I don’t know why white people ended up here in Australia but maybe colonisation happened because we have something to teach each other</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Maybe non-Aboriginal people need to learn love off Aboriginal people. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">In a classic domestic violence relationship the man is the one with physical power, mental power and the power of male privilege, he says.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">In that relationship he blames her and conversely she blames him---it becomes “he said, she said”.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Yes the man is sick in that relationship, he says, but so is the woman, through no fault of her own, she becomes sick as well.It’s a sick power relationship where over time both become sick </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">And that’s what’s happening with black and white people, he says. We’re blaming each other. Colonisation is continuing, not through shooting and violent oppression as was once the case, but through white values of motivations---and over time Aboriginal people become sick in that relationship. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Over time we think we deserve nothing better, he says.We blame them and they <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>blame us. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Of course genocide is a type of domestic violence, he says. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It creates a sick power relationship where the two parties blame each other relentlessly. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">I’m interested in how we get out of the sick power imbalance.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The way we do that is the work you (the delegates working with indigenous men) are doing. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Working with our own mob, working with culture</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">And what people need to do is to go and work “with your own people” about racism. I need you to work on level the playing field so we can do Aboriginal health.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">I know it’s not that simple and it’s not that clean, he says, but a new spiritual relationship is needed between indigenous and non-indigenous people. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Finally, he refers a traveler saying that knowledge is acquiring information, </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Knowledge is acquiring new information and wisdom is the ability to let go of everything that we’ve ever known. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">I can’t say<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I agree with everything <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>said, but it was a fascinating presentation that stretched and challenged my thinking---and will continue to do so for some time, I’m sure. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><!--EndFragment--></div></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">9.00 am: Opening of the 8<sup>th</sup> National Aboriginal and Torres Island Strait Male Health Convention</span></b><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">A<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>traditional welcome to country is delivered by elder “Uncle Gavi” Duncan, followed by a welcome address and conference opening is from Dr Mick Adam, Senior Research Fellow at the <a href="http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/" target="_blank">Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet</a>, Edith Cowan University.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Mick’s research portfolio includes male sexual health, reproductive health, suicide, mental health, diabetes,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>family violence,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>cardiovascular disease, public health, building indigenous research capacity </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He has be promoting men’s health and wellbeing for over a decade, both nationally and internationally. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are some of the most linguistically and culturally divers peoples and custodians of some of the most biologically diverse lands---an invaluable resource that benefits all of mankind.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Yet they continue to suffer disadvantage, marginalisation, extreme poverty and conflict, says Mick.. Within this context, neglecting male health not only inefficient and leads to suffering and premature death.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The vision of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males has been to work to overturn negative stereotypes,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>ben to take great responsibility themselves and adopt a diverse range of strategies such as running men’s clinics, men’s projects, “men’s business” camps, sports projects, survivors groups , men’s support groups etc.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The delegates present all have a common aim of empowering men, says Mick adding:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“The empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Males is crucial to the raising of self esteem, quality of life and spiritual wellbeing. We as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Males are often seen as the problem, we are never rewarded for our efforts in providing solutions.”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">“You’re all champions, you’re all elders and certainly the backbone of improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males,” he concludes. </span></div></div><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Trebuchet MS, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 13.2px; line-height: 18.48px;"><br /></span></span>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-51906139452033159072015-10-18T12:26:00.004-07:002015-10-18T12:46:42.132-07:00Your Masculinity Rules Course Available in Melbourne <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kjJURcgGAvs/ViPySs-wkCI/AAAAAAAABRg/mxfb_jQTt6E/s1600/c6da5ff0fafc66d3a8d22e9a48eb72bb.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="356" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kjJURcgGAvs/ViPySs-wkCI/AAAAAAAABRg/mxfb_jQTt6E/s400/c6da5ff0fafc66d3a8d22e9a48eb72bb.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">What are your Masculinity Rules?&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Helping Men's personal development workshop, <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/09/your-masculinity-rules-workshop-in.html">Your Masculinity Rules</a>, will be delivered in Australia for the first time next month.<o:p></o:p></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;">The course is designed for men who want to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of themselves.&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;">Its&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;">aim is to help participants to explore what it means to be a man in the 21<sup>st</sup>century and decide for themselves what their "masculinity rules" are.</span><span style="background: white; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;"><br /><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;">Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men, says: "All men have a set of masculinity rules that shape our daily experience of being a man. Yet few of us have made ourselves aware of these rules, let alone questioned where they come from and whether they are helping or hindering us in our daily lives.&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;"><br />"This course won't tell you how you should live your life, what it will do is provide a unique opportunity to explore what it means to be a man in the 21st century and decide for yourself what&nbsp;Your Masculinity Rules&nbsp;are."</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 13.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/09/your-masculinity-rules-workshop-in.html">Your Masculinity Rules</a>&nbsp;workshop will make it's Australian debut in Melbourne courtesy of the <a href="http://www.meetup.com/Mens-Fire-Circle-Montmorency-Victoria/">Men's Fire Circle in Greensborough</a>&nbsp;on Saturday 28th November, from 9am to 6pm.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">The cost is $145 per man, and includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">You can find out more about the content of the <a href="http://www.meetup.com/Mens-Fire-Circle-Montmorency-Victoria/">Your Masculinity Rules workshop here</a>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">To book your place on this workshop text the facilitator of The Men's Fire Circle, David Mollet, on 0425-773-767.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hmq3Hzfj3HM/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hmq3Hzfj3HM?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><br />Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-54325768421691278542015-10-18T12:03:00.001-07:002015-10-18T12:38:11.735-07:00Helping Men Get Help In Australia (2015 Workshop Tour)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nmfhjgtk0bk/UNCYDXglL3I/AAAAAAAABMc/q6ufqL6k-RU/s1600/man-lending-a-helping-hand.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nmfhjgtk0bk/UNCYDXglL3I/AAAAAAAABMc/q6ufqL6k-RU/s320/man-lending-a-helping-hand.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em; text-align: justify;"><span style="line-height: 21.6px;">Helping Men is in Australia to attend the </span><a href="http://www.amhf.org.au/2015/" style="line-height: 21.6px;" target="_blank">2015 National Men's Health Gathering</a><span style="line-height: 21.6px;"> and deliver a series of our </span><a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html" style="line-height: 21.6px;" target="">Helping Men Get Help</a><span style="line-height: 21.6px;"> workshops.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em; text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html">HELPING MEN GET HELP</a>&nbsp;</strong>is a unique training program that’s been designed for professionals who want to help more men and boys access public services and social projects. &nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><strong>W</strong><strong>ho is <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html">HELPING MEN GET HELP</a> for?</strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;">The program is designed for service providers in areas such as health promotion, parenting, education, social care, mental health, support groups, community safety and housing. The course if for anyone concerned with helping men and boys get better access to and outcomes from their existing services, or anyone interested in developing new services and projects for men and boys.<br /><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><strong>What are the aims of <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html">HELPING MEN GET HELP</a>?</strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;">To leave you with a broad understanding of the barriers men and boys face and give you the skills &amp; knowledge you need to help men and boys overcome these barriers and access the services and projects you run.<br /><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;">&nbsp;<strong>What will you learn when you attend <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html">HELPING MEN GET HELP</a>?</strong></div><ul style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; list-style-type: square; margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 2em;"><li>How to make a compelling case for targeting your work at men and bo</li><li>The latest evidence on the barriers that men and boys face</li><li>A range of tried and tested approaches from around the world</li><li>How to assess how inclusive and male friendly your service is</li><li>How to develop an action plan for including men and boys</li></ul><div><span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Helvetica Neue, HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, Helvetica Neue Roman, TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px;">You can find more information about the <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html">key course content here</a>.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Helvetica Neue, HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, Helvetica Neue Roman, TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><strong>NATIONAL TOUR DATES</strong>&nbsp;<strong>| All Programs run from&nbsp;<span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">9.30 – 4 pm</span></span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><strong style="line-height: 21.6px;"><br /></strong><strong style="line-height: 21.6px;">PARRAMATTA&nbsp;<span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Friday November 20</span></span>&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 21.6px;">Holiday Inn, 18 – 40 Anderson Street, Parramatta</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, 'Helvetica Neue Roman', TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><strong>MELBOURNE&nbsp;<span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Tuesday November 24</span></span>&nbsp;</strong>Vibe Savoy Hotel 630 Little Collins St. Melbourne&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-top: 0em;"><span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Helvetica Neue, HelveticaNeueRoman, HelveticaNeue-Roman, Helvetica Neue Roman, TeXGyreHerosRegular, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 21.6px;"><b>DEVONPORT</b> Thursday November 26 The Salvation Army 166 William Street, Devonport</span></span><br /><strong style="background-color: transparent;">WOLLONGONG&nbsp;<span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday Dec 2</span></span>&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">Adina Apartment Hotel, Wollongong</span><br /><strong style="background-color: transparent;">NEWCASTLE,&nbsp;<span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">Friday December 4</span></span>&nbsp;</strong><span style="background-color: transparent;">Joy Cummins Centre, 63 Scott Street Newcastle</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent;">The Melbourne/Tasmania dates also include an opportunity to take part in our personal development workshop, Your Masculinity Rules. <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/10/your-masculinity-rules-course-available.html">See this link for details</a>.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; 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float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="147" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--tYr2uBz3s4/VhRAELBzIII/AAAAAAAABPo/zlOBh0L7yWs/s400/11707791_1594484750812222_5583568801190983520_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men (UK), is in Australia to deliver a series of talks, trainings and workshop.<br /><br />His first stop is the National Boys' Education Conference at Kings School in Parramatta, Sydney.<br /><br />The conference brings together internationally and nationally acclaimed speakers on the top of boys' welling, character education, and the importance of relationships towards boys' engagement and success as learners.<br /><br />The conference theme is Inspiring Boys to Learn, you can find out more at the&nbsp;<a href="http://nbec.kings.edu.au/" target="_blank">event website here</a>.<br /><br />Check out our <a href="http://www.helpingmen.co.uk/2015/10/national-boys-education-conference.html" target="_blank">live blog from Day Two here</a>.<br /><br />Check this page for updates &nbsp;from Day Three throughout the day.........<br /><br /><b>14.15pm</b><br /><b><br /></b>The final plenary session is presented by the inspirational head of Kings School, Dr Tim Hawkes.<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We need patron saints for boys.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Boys do not always lend themselves to being supported </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Men and boys don’t have a great rap and we need a patron saint.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The media is often portraying men and maleness in an unflattering light </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We’re getting moodles (man poodles), not masculine, purely for decoration, the man-child refusing to grow up; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Only 1 in 3 millennial men in the USA are heading up their own home. We’re finding too many&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 12pt;">boys who are refusing to grow up and leave home and be independent.&nbsp;</span><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div>Any weakness in boys is usually neutralised by saying girls have weaknesses too. I think that is totally unacceptable says Dr Hawkes.<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Only 38% of university enrolments in Australia are male.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We need patrons for boys.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">When we highlight the need to focus on boys, people say g</span>irls have weaknesses too</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">People say girls underperformance in numeracy is cancelled out by boys underperformance in numeracy. &nbsp;But the impact of poor l</span>iteracy skills is underestimated, because it affects all subjects.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">People are more interested in equity between people of different social economic statuses, but not gender (when men and boys are unequal)/&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">We are told that men dominate in society and that therefore boys must be dominated. That corollary is an appalling corollary says Dr Hawkes.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">"Castrataion anxieties" is a term being lobbed at anyone who is wanting to advance and be a patron of boys.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We need to understand <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>what being a male means and to celebrate maleness as a part of the yin and yang <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>of creation. </span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Don’t get bound by gender stereotypes, we need to go beyond the macho stereotype and allow psop</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">With one murder of a woman in a relationship every five days, we need to do something about that.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We need to respect and honour the opposite sex.</span></div></div></div></div><br /><b>13.30pm</b><br /><br />Time for the last set of break out workshops. I've decided to spend this with Blair Dravitsk, principal at Ohakune Primary in New Zealand, who is telling us about his Elite Rugby Institute project.<br /><br />It was established because a particular cohort of Maori boys were under achieving academically. Attendance of some boys was as low as 50%.<br /><br />A process of investigation revealed that the only two things these boys really valued is Whakapapa (family) and rugby.<br /><br /><b>The school introduced a new&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">ABC Policy:</span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US">A</span></b><span lang="EN-US">ttendance---every learner has attendance of 85% an above (up from a baseline of 50% to 60%)</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US">B</span></b><span lang="EN-US">ehaviour---every learner must display positive behaviour at school, at home and in the community</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-US">C</span></b><span lang="EN-US">ommitment---every learner is committed to academic progress and learning in class</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">Playing rugby gave the boys an opportunity to succeed and fell like a success. Attendance rose to over 90% in the first year of the programme and educational performance across the group of boys rose in line with the national standard.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">The rugby also brought the dads into the school.</span></div><!--EndFragment--><br /><b>LUNCH</b><br /><b><br /></b>Had a great conversation with a Sydney teacher over lunch who told me about a "Man Day" he arranged for the boys at his school---sounds great, looking forward to finding out more.<br /><br /><b>12.09pm: Classroom Demonstrations</b><br /><b><br /></b>There are a load of classroom demonstrations running concurrently. My playful side really, really, REALLY, wanted to go to the session in the drama studio on stage fighting. However, wearing my researcher hat I've come to a Year Five session on empathy.<br /><br />Here the teacher has been actively working to develop the boys' empathy and emotional intelligence. One of the resources she has drawn upon is an initiative called <a href="https://startempathy.org/thinkitup/" target="_blank">Start Empathy</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bfEJBFr5Vxc/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bfEJBFr5Vxc?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><br /><b><br /></b>The boys have been doing a listening exercise in pairs and now they are reporting back to the group trying to name to emotions their partner was feeling. The emotions the boys name include: envy, jealousy, fear, worry, sadness, annoyance, confusion, hurt, surprise, nervousness, frustration, happiness and disappointment.<br /><br /><b>11.30 am: Character Education&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b>Just finished presenting my own "Lightning Session" on "Evolving Masculinity" in the "Mental Wellbeing" stream and nipped over to the sessions themed "Character Wellbeing".<br /><br />I only caught the end of Peter Nolan's talk on character building at his school, but here's a link to an <a href="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/the-skills-to-iron-out-teen-boys-kinks/story-e6freuzi-1226306649825" target="_blank">article about that programme here</a>.<br /><br />Next up is Dianne Laycock---you can read a little about her <a href="http://fdp.edsw.usyd.edu.au/users/dlaycock" target="_blank">here</a>---and she's representing the <a href="http://www.theibsc.org/" target="_blank">International Boys' School Alliance</a>.<br /><br />Just found Dianne's website <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/dilaycock/" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />She's talking about "maker learning" today.<br /><br />Last speaker in this sessions is Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, CEO and founder of the <a href="http://www.topblokes.org.au/" target="_blank">Top Blokes Foundation</a>&nbsp;which delivers programmes to boys and young men in schools.<br /><br /><b><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">10.45 am</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Lightning Sessions<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">As with yesterday, there are three separate “Lightning Sessions” on the following themes:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"></div><ul style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px; margin: 0.5em 0px; padding: 0px 2.5em;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Relational Learning</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Mental Wellbeing</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">Character Education</span></li></ul><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;" /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif; line-height: 18.48px;">Each session comprises around five talks of about 10-12 minutes each. I’ll be presenting in one of these sessions so expect the blogging to slow down a little (and possibly all together).</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.48px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: Times, Times New Roman, serif;">My session is called “Evolving Masculinity” and is designed to provide a space for delegates to consider how they can support the boys they work with to grow and evolved as individuals who are proud of their own unique expression of masculinity, whatever that</span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;"> is.</span></span></div><br /><b>10.00 am</b><br /><br />Dr Ed Dixon is joined on the stage by 12 school boys for a panel discussion where we hear from the boys what subjects they enjoy and what approaches to teaching work for them. This mostly confirms the key themes of Dr Ed Dixon's keynote.<br /><br /><div><b>8.45 am</b><br /><b><br /></b>Today's morning keynote is delivered by Dr Ed Dixon from Canada.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/SbjNbd5aeSs/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SbjNbd5aeSs?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><br /><b><br /></b>You can find out about his work at the website <a href="http://www.helpingboyslearn.com/" target="_blank">Helping Boys Learn</a>.<br /><br />Some initial thoughts:<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">20% of girls have “male mind” approach to learning </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">What makes a good learning relationship with boys is he must succeed in your presence. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Boys who value learning improve classroom dynamics</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Focus on helping girls in maths in 90s paid off, focus on boys education can may off too.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Boys of all economic backgrounds are in the lowest quartile of performers. </span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">Boys seem to have this thing about movement from the earliest stages, they are kinaesthetic learners.&nbsp;</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">Dr Dixon references an experiment with 10 week old babies given an option to look at a mobile and their mother's face. He says 80% of girls look at mum's face, 80% of boys look at the moving object, the mobile.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal">One research study into street kids in Brazil showed they were better at working out the weight and cost of scrap metal on the streets, where it mattered but not in classroom settings when the tests had no meaning.</div><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><b>The Six Secrets of Boys Learning </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The following six things help boys learn:&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li>Movement</li><li>Humour</li><li>Games</li><li>Challenge</li><li>Mastery</li><li>Meaning</li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Movement---</span></b><span lang="EN-US">when you put boys into a position where they embody the concept you’re talking about, they are better able to understand what they are talking about. <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Games</span></b><span lang="EN-US">---when boys set and achieve goals they get a testosterone jolt. Boys need wins in a classroom. Games are a great way to engage boys and give them a chance to win. Males </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Humour</span></b><span lang="EN-US">---for boys humour is unbelievably important. When they do surveys on which teachers boys like, humour rates very highly. Humour helps to focus attention, particularly in the moment.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Males use humour as a way to bond with others, it’s coded affection. Humour helps male confront the chaos of the universe.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Humour can take something that’s really large and make it small. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Challenge</span></b><span lang="EN-US">---Challenges give boys little bursts of testosterone. A good example is to beat the clock, you can get a man to do almost everything if you time it.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Mastery---</span></b><span lang="EN-US">males want to be coached into a mastery (as Clark Wight discussed in his session on the Obi Wan Kenobi theory.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Meaning</span></b><span lang="EN-US"> --- <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>One of the most important questions we need to help boys ask is “what am I good for?”. Every boy has a hero complex, every boy wants to be a hero in some way. </span></div></div></div></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-75497716564857303622015-10-05T14:52:00.001-07:002015-10-05T22:43:19.921-07:00National Boys Education Conference (Australia) Live Blog<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nRaShkipalo/VhL3PYHzRGI/AAAAAAAABPI/9JbLJmstxoY/s1600/NBEC%2B2015.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nRaShkipalo/VhL3PYHzRGI/AAAAAAAABPI/9JbLJmstxoY/s320/NBEC%2B2015.png" width="320" /></a></div><br />Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men (UK), is in Australia to deliver a series of talks, trainings and workshop.<br /><br /><br />His first stop is the National Boys' Education Conference at Kings School in Parramatta, Sydney.<br /><br />The conference brings together internationally and nationally acclaimed speakers on the top of boys' welling, character education, and the importance of relationships towards boys' engagement and success as learners.<br /><br />The conference theme is Inspiring Boys to Learn, you can find out more at the <a href="http://nbec.kings.edu.au/" target="_blank">event website here</a>.<br /><br />Check this page for updates &nbsp;throughout the day.........<br /><br /><b>3.50 PM</b><br /><b><br /></b>Some great drumming from a quarter of Kings' boys (one of several musical interludes that have peppered the day) ushers in the final key note speaker.<br /><br />She's Maile Carnegie, MD of Google Australia and New Zealand, her talk is called "Learning Communities: Fostering Imagination, Creativity and Inquiry".<br /><br />She believes relationships do matter if we want to help our boys develop deep skills where imagination, creativity and inquiry flourish.<br /><br />Let me start with the kind of future I want to prepare my boys for, says the mum of two. It's another 70 to 100 years of more change and disruption.<br /><br />Six times more jobs have been created by technology than have been lost to technology.<br /><br />The question I'm asking for my boys, is not will there be jobs available for them, but will their skills be a match for the jobs on offer. I'm assuming that my sons will be working for a company that doesn't exist today, doing a job that doesn't exist today.<br /><br />There's a growing mismatch between skills and jobs.<br /><br />There will be three types of jobs in the future:<br /><ul><li>Jobs leading the change</li><li>Jobs operating within the change</li><li>Jobs sidestepping the change&nbsp;</li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Times;">There are four things Maile says she is teaching her teaching my sons:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ol><li>I’m deeply committed to personally understanding technology, I don’t do it because I love it (I don’t), I do it because it’s critical to my career and for my sons career.</li><li>Strengthening their character, with a focus on on skills that will help them to be leaders in the workplace of the future such as agility, risk taking and curiosity.</li><li>Going forward it’s going to be even more important to focus on the strengths of our boys, so we’re nurturing their passions and their skills such as “problem solving” and not just the subjects they’re good at (like biology).</li><li>We also very conscious of not transposing our lives onto them. Their reality is going to so fundamentally different to theirs. Our experience is not relevant to them and the future they’re living into. Our lives won’t be their lives.</li></ol>To finish the session, one of Maile's colleagues gets five delegates onto the stage to demonstrate Google Cardboard---take a look at this link to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3101600/Google-makes-field-trip-virtual-Expedition-VR-lets-teachers-pupils-world-beyond.html" target="_blank">see what this is</a>.<br /><br />The new economy is an amazing, amazing place that our boys are launchgin into concludes Maile Carnegie, bringing today's conference to it's conclusion.<br /><br /><b>3PM WORKSHOPS</b><br /><br />There's a great range of workshops on but you can only go to one, I'm at The Obi-Wan Kenobi Effect with Clark Wight.<br /><br />Clark says that when girls walk into a classroom they ask themselves "what cando I do to get the teacher to like me"; when boys walk into the same classroom they ask themselves "what you going to do to get&nbsp; to know me?:<br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Boys have a yearning desire for masters and apprentices. Boys have a need<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>to find their Obi-Wan Kenobi. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Boys want to know who’s going to take me to the next level of challenge. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">From primary school up, boys are searching for manhood and searching for meaning.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">The&nbsp;</span>question in all boys heads&nbsp; is “do I matter to you?” Boys want you to take an interest to you, to be interested in who they are not just what they are. <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The thing they’re best at isn’t who they are.</span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span>NB: Check back later for an update on this session. It was fantastic, I have copious notes and will be updating when I have a moment.</div><br /><b>2PM-3PM</b><br /><b><br /></b>Here's Simon Breakspear, CEO of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.learnlabs.com/" target="_blank">Learn Labs</a>, &nbsp;with an espresso-fuelled post lunch presentation asking "what's the future of boys' education", he says we're here "collecting the collective genius".<br /><br />We need to honour the past but come together to talk about how we create the future says Breakspear.<br /><br />Laughs galore in this talk, but I won't try and recreate it, he's too fast----you had to be here!<br /><br />What does the digital age mean for the purpose of learning and the design of pedagogy.<br /><br />Digital visions of the future of learning tend to focus on teaching on an industrial and overlook some of the human elements of learning such as relationship and character development, which are very important themes at this boys' education conference.<br /><br />Are we ensuring our young men have deep understanding or they just learning patterns to gain high marks, but have low understanding?<br /><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Breakspear references <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_Character" target="_blank">The Road To Character</a> by David Brooks.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">It is said that our eulogy skills are more important than our resume skills, in the we need to teach boys empathy, connection and leadership.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">We now have so much information available that power dynamics have shifted, it's the end of "information asymmetry"---it's the death of the gatekeeper, we are now co-creators. So what does this new "power of the user" for educators?&nbsp;</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">We need to win the battle for deep engagement in learning. Our challenge is, how do we unlock boys own intrinsic motivation to engage deeply in learning.&nbsp;</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">Is solving the problem of boy engagement in education more like solving the medical problem of polio or Type 2 diabetes? Now there's a question I didn't expect to be asked today. Let's see what answers the audience comes up with..........</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">&gt; Diabetes, because you can pre-identify whether someone has diabetes (and we would diagnose if boys are more likely to be disengaged)</span><br /><span lang="EN-US">&gt;Diabeters, because the "patient" needs to take some responsibility for their recovery, unlike polio which can be fixed with an injection. Boys' engagement can't be fixed with an "injection".</span><br /><br />Ok, yeah, I see what he did there.<br /><br />So how do we create more human learning for boys? Simon says there aer&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">3 killer-apps of flourishing learning:</span><br /><ul><li>Agency</li><li><span lang="EN-US">Relevance</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US">Connection</span></li></ul>Good learning should done "with and by" boys, not "for and to" boys.<br /><br />Future learning should be like "fitbit", tracking our progress and taking us to the next level as soon as we are ready.<br /><br />Simon references the work of Larry Rosenstock, <a href="https://vimeo.com/10000408" target="_blank">find out more here</a>.<br /><br /></div><b>LUNCH</b><br /><b><br /></b>Sometimes at conferences it's the side conversations you have in between sessions that provide as much value as the speakers.<br /><br />During my pre-lunch talk I shared one of my favourite tips for working with men and boys---to relate to them not as problems, but as their potential. Immediately after a Deputy Head came up and said this really resonated with him. He said that nine out of ten of the kids that end up in his office because they are "problems" are boys---and he challenges the person bringing the boy with the words "hang on a minute, what about his potential!!!"<br /><br /><b>12 NOON</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Lightning Sessions<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">There are three separate “Lightning Sessions” on the following themes:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li>Relational Learning</li><li>Mental Wellbeing</li><li>Character Education</li></ul><br />Each session comprises around five talks of about 10-12 minutes each. I’ll be presenting in one of these sessions so expect the blogging to slow down a little (and possibly all together).<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">My session is called “Evolving Masculinity” and is designed to provide a space for delegates to consider how they can support the boys they work with to grow and evolved as individuals who are proud of their own unique expression of masculinity, whatever that is.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span>During his introduction our host kindly mentions that I have travelled the furthest to here and slips in the fact that there was a rugby match at the weekend involving England being thrashed by the Wallabies.<br /><br />I guess this is karma, on my last trip Down Under, I used a talk on masculinity to remind the audience that England had recently won The Ashes. Didn't go down that well!!!!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/f8ll-_2UqoA/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f8ll-_2UqoA?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><br /><br />We're in the drama studio for the Mental Wellbeing session and the first speaker, Clair Kelly, is speaking on a big screen via skype about Mental First Aid.<br /><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><b>Next up, Sandy Frazer </b>of Kings School to delivers her lightning session called “these boys are marginalised!” exploring some of her experience of using art to work with marginalised boys. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Sandy says sexuality can be a cause of marginalisation for gay boys. Religions schools in New SOuth Wales don't have to abide by equalities legislation she says.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">She asks us to imagine the anxiety felt by an adolescent boy who realises he prefers dudes to chicks and thinks suicide might be a better option that the bullying he might face.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">Rural young gay men are 6x more likely to die by suicide in Australia she says.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US">Sandy also focuses on the issues face boys with disabilities, particularly boys on the autistic spectrum disorder and boys of different cultural backgrounds.</span></div><br /><b>Next up, David Simpson</b> to deliver a session called “family feud” which includes a competition for us to take part in.<br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br />He says our work with boys must shift their perspectives from collecting friends to connecting with their tribe.</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><b><span lang="EN-US">Next up,&nbsp;</span>Heath McCabe</b> talks about the use of technology to help boys who are boarding to transition from home to school.<br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><b>10.55 am to 11.55am</b></div><b><br /></b>After the break, Professor Donna Cross , delivers a keynote speech entitled: “The Wellbeing of Young Men Today: How Can Me Move From Strength to Strength”.<br /><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">You can find our more about Donna at the following links:</span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li><a href="http://www.ncab.org.au/donnacross/" target="_blank">National Centre Against Bullying</a></li><li><a href="http://telethonkids.org.au/our-people/staff-student-index/c/donna-cross/" target="_blank">Telethon Kids Institute</a></li><li><a href="http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/content/Professor-Donna-Cross.aspx" target="_blank">Commissioner of Children and Young People</a></li><li><a href="http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&amp;recipientID=896" target="_blank">Australian of the Year</a></li></ul><div>Professor Cross shares some interesting data from her research which includes the fact that teacher wellbeing predicts student wellbeing and the children learn better when they’re in healthy relationships.<br /><br />Prof Cross's talk will now cover four areas:<br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li>Care (what are the issues of concern in relation to boys?)</li><li>Clarity &nbsp;(what needs to be done?)</li><li>Contact (what does it look like in action?)</li><li>Consistency (where does this need to happen?)</li></ul><b>Issues of concern:</b><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><br /></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Online gambling is the issue that is increasing fastest and putting boys at risk.<br /><br />Other major issues of concern as far as boys are concerned include:<br /><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li>Brain Development</li><li>Mental Health</li><li>Alcohol</li><li>Intentional and unintentional injury</li></ul><div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal">All schools should be teaching boys (and girls) emotional regulation says Prof Cross as she moves to a fascinating segment of her talk on alcohol consumption amongst boys/young men.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Adolescent boys drink more than girls and they do as much damage to their new brain development as mothers-to-be do to the brains of their unborn babies.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Alcohol does to your brain what rain does to newspaper.</span></div><!--EndFragment--></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><br /></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p>Rates of drinking amongst boys in Australia have gone up significantly (around 10%), with more than 40% drinking&nbsp;</o:p></span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><br /></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p>Moving onto mental, Prof Cross says its a myth than girls have more mental health issues than boys with around 16% of boys having mental health issues.</o:p></span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><br /></o:p></span>Boys three times more likely to be vulnerable to issues cause by emotional immaturity, one reason why emotional regulation is so important.<br /><br />A quarter of boys take part in multiple high risk behaviours.<br /><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">More boys than girls (60% to 55%) have tried to lose weight.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">Boys are more likely to be bullied or to bully and more likely to be injured.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />Helping boys (and girls) to form relationships is the second most important thing schools can do for boys mental wellbeing, after teaching the emotional regulation.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal">A fascinating talk, rich with information, only some of which I've managed to capture here. Some interesting data on differences in help-seeking behaviours between boys and girls which I'll try to get hold of share another time.<br /><br />Prof Cross says that boys do a lot self help schools need to take action to facilitate this behaviour by providing and/or signposting more self help resources.<br /><br /></div><b>TEA BREAK</b></div></div><b><br /></b>Great to meet Melissa, founder and managing director of the <a href="http://www.topblokes.org.au/" target="_blank">Top Blokes Foundation </a>which runs programmes for boys in schools. Just found out that Melissa will be attending our Helping Men Get Help Training in Melbourne in November. Find out more about the <a href="http://www.amhf.org.au/helping-men-get-help-training/" target="_blank">Helping Men Get Help tour of Australia here</a>.<br /><b><br /></b><b>9.00 am to 10.00 am</b><br /><b><br /></b>Mr Li Cunxin, Artistic Director, Queensland, a former Australian "Father of The Year" shares a personal story of courage in the face of adversity.<br /><br />"When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found."<br /><b><br /></b>Li was born into extreme poverty in Mao's communist China, a background he escaped as a ballet dancer through his own determination and his relationship with his teachers who pushed him forward. He is a living testimony to the potential power of the teacher-learner relationship.<br /><br />Li says he sometimes wonders "if it wasn't for my teacher, where would I be now?" He adds:<br /><br />"Sometimes the smallest opportunities in life can make the biggest differences. If you can turn the smallest opportunities into the biggest successes, nothing will stop you achieving in life."<br /><br />Li admits he "hated ballet with a passion" and was on the verge of being fired when "one amazing teacher walked into my life"<br /><br />This new teacher, says Li "was &nbsp;somewhat eccentric" and different from his other teachers because "he was not rigid, he was fun and what set him apart was he had tremendous vision".<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">In particular, this teacher took time to get to know Li and understand what would motivate him</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">"He thought by knowing me better, by understanding my dreams and aspirations, he would be able to motivate me," says Li.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Li's teacher visited his family and discovered that his childhood dream was to help his family to escape poverty and put food on their table.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">His teacher then showed him that if he became a great dancer, he could realize this dream. "It was the most powerful key to motivate me," says Li. From that point onwards he had purpose and an aim.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">He taught me “you have to enjoy every step of the process, enjoy the journey, that’s what he taught me to do,” says Li of his inspirational teacher. </span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Li says that his teachers made a difference because they cared how he felt and helped him to discover his passion. Of his favourite teacher, he says:&nbsp;</span>“I did not want to let him down because he cared for me.”</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">He says to the teachers in the audience who teach boys: "the power is in your hands to bring the best out of them".</div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-14a8WYaD958/VhL7nsxHFmI/AAAAAAAABPU/bScaP4o9WBQ/s1600/Li%2BCunxin.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-14a8WYaD958/VhL7nsxHFmI/AAAAAAAABPU/bScaP4o9WBQ/s320/Li%2BCunxin.jpg" width="233" /></a></div><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><br /><b>8.45 am&nbsp;</b></div><br />Tim Hawkes, a warm, funny and somewhat brilliant head teacher opens the conference and invites delegates to come "with a positive teachable heart".<br /><br />Check out Tim's website here: <a href="http://www.timhawkes.com/" target="_blank">Tim Hawkes</a><br /><br />Tim has written a number of books worth checking out <a href="http://www.timhawkes.com/books-2/" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;including "Boy Oh Boy" and "Ten Conversations You Must Have With Your Son".<br /><br />You can hear an interview with Tim by Dads On The Air <a href="http://www.dadsontheair.com.au/shows/ten-conversations-you-must-have-with-your-son-1.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br />Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-21400165789333430242015-09-15T14:41:00.002-07:002015-09-15T15:03:50.198-07:00Talking about men's issues Here's a video series featuring Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men, covering a wide range of issues including men's health, male suicide, body image, domestic violence, boys' education, sexism against men, male victims of rape and men and crime.<br /><br />Glen produced the recordings as part of his campaigning work to promoting his book <a href="http://equality4men.com/book/">Equality For Men</a> which highlights the many areas of life where men and boys experience inequality.<br /><br /><b>MEN'S ISSUES</b><br /><b><br /></b> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/vbcj1bo-j34/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vbcj1bo-j34?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>MEN'S HEALTH</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Ur3hVb213xI/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ur3hVb213xI?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe><br /><b><br /></b><b>MEN'S GROUPS</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/b6lnKjqX2rU/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b6lnKjqX2rU?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><b>MEN'S BODY IMAGE</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TnAbCb97kIg/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TnAbCb97kIg?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><b>SEXISM AGAINST MEN</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/56Mu5-zovZg/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/56Mu5-zovZg?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>MEN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/WR1GAzuIJF4/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WR1GAzuIJF4?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b>MALE VICTIMS OF RAPE&nbsp;</b></div><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Xt8nB8dYG_k/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xt8nB8dYG_k?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>MEN'S RIGHTS&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/a9n1-Ci5HEA/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a9n1-Ci5HEA?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>FATHERS' RIGHTS</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/tmd60ioLwPU/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tmd60ioLwPU?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>FEMINISM</b><br /><b><br /></b> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XShSrb73Pm0/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XShSrb73Pm0?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>MALE SUICIDE</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/gFXmbPu4vP0/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gFXmbPu4vP0?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><b><br /></b><b>BOYS IN EDUCATION&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/3Ie8Iz-Erpo/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3Ie8Iz-Erpo?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b><br /></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b>MEN AND CRIME&nbsp;</b></div><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/dJU7qGfsK24/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dJU7qGfsK24?feature=player_embedded" width="320"></iframe><b></b><br /><div style="text-align: right;"><b><br /></b></div><br />Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-28824499241473458482015-09-15T12:50:00.000-07:002015-09-15T13:00:52.132-07:00Your Masculinity Rules Workshop in Australia <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1j6rhvPekXc/VWWyvA8temI/AAAAAAAABJ4/PZdjJjm-mjU/s1600/Masculinity%2BRules%2BPicture.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="222" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1j6rhvPekXc/VWWyvA8temI/AAAAAAAABJ4/PZdjJjm-mjU/s320/Masculinity%2BRules%2BPicture.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">The experience of being a man is constantly changing and evolving, so do the old rules of masculinity we’ve inherited still apply or do men need to rewrite the rule book?&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;"><br /><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">Glen Poole of Helping Men is heading for Australia where he’ll be working with existing men’s groups to deliver a one-day workshop called Your Masculinity Rules. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">The course is designed for men who want to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of themselves.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;">Its </span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">aim is to help participants to explore what it means to be a man in the 21<sup>st</sup>century and decide for themselves what their "masculinity rules" are.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;"><br /><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">Glen says: "All men have a set of masculinity rules that shape our daily experience of being a man. Yet few of us have made ourselves aware of these rules, let alone questioned where they come from and whether they are helping or hindering us in our daily lives.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;"><br />"This course won't tell you how you should live your life, what it will do is provide a unique opportunity to explore what it means to be a man in the 21st century and decide for yourself what</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">&nbsp;<span style="background: white;">Your Masculinity Rules</span>&nbsp;<span style="background: white;">are."</span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="background: white; 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line-height: 14.8pt; text-indent: 0cm;">Develop your emotional intelligence</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt; text-indent: 0cm;">Improve your relationships with men and women</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt; text-indent: 0cm;">Enjoy the supportive environment of group work &nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt; text-indent: 0cm;">Benefit from one-to-one coaching &nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt; text-indent: 0cm;">Meet some great men who are committed to personal growth</span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;">The workshop involves facilitated group work, one-to-one coaching, experiential exercises, theoretical discussion and visualisation exercises covering the following themes:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white;"></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">What Is Masculinity?</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Masculine/Feminine strengths and weakness</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Evolving Masculinity</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Masculinity in relationship with men and women</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Masculinity in crisis</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Integrating the masculine and the feminine</span><span lang="EN-US" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;<span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; 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font-size: 10.0pt;">It is an educational and experiential programme that will be of great benefit to men who are happy taking personal responsibility for their own growth and development. The course is not therapy and it is not an alternative to therapy.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hmq3Hzfj3HM/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hmq3Hzfj3HM?feature=player_embedded" style="clear: left; float: left;" width="320"></iframe></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;">ABOUT THE&nbsp;FACILITATOR</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">Glen Poole is a leading expert on men, manhood and masculinity. He has established numerous grassroots projects to support men and boys and is a regular media commentator on men’s issues, writing for publications like <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/profile/glen-poole" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11236100/Its-International-Mens-Day-so-lets-give-men-a-break.html" target="_blank">Telegraph Men</a> and <a href="http://www.inside-man.co.uk/" target="_blank">insideMAN magazine</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 14.8pt;">Glen is also a popular public speaker and has delivered numerous presentations at events around the world including <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAN3EvkgyE8" target="_blank">TEDxLSE</a>;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.malepsychology.org.uk/keynote_speakers_6.html" target="_blank">The Male Psychology Conference (London)</a>; the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8ll-_2UqoA" target="_blank">NationalHealth Gathering (Brisbane)</a>; the Comparative Education Conference (Dubai) and the National Conference for Men and Boys (UK).</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt;">In 2012 and 2013 he hosted The Big Man Gathering, which brought together some the UK’s leading facilitators of “men’s work” to deliver a unique personal development experience for more than 100 men.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: 14.8pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 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style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="276" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1j6rhvPekXc/VWWyvA8temI/AAAAAAAABJ0/iCsKcHOUwGU/s400/Masculinity%2BRules%2BPicture.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">The experience of being a man is constantly changing and evolving, so do the old rules of masculinity we’ve inherited still apply or do men need to rewrite the rule book?&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Glen Poole of Helping Men is piloting a new course in Brighton (UK) for men who want to develop a deeper awareness and understanding of themselves.</span> </span><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">&nbsp; </span><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">The course aims to help participants to explore what it means to be a man in the 21<sup>st</sup> century and decide for themselves what their "masculinity rules" are.</span><br /><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Glen says: "All men have a set f masculinity rules that shape our daily experience of being a man. Yet few of us have made ourselves aware of these rules, let alone questioned where they come from and whether they are helping or hindering us in our daily lives.&nbsp;</span><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><br /></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">"This course won't tell you how you should live your life, what it will do is provide a unique opportunity to explore what it means to be a man in the 21st century and decide for yourself what <i><b>Your Masculinity Rules</b></i> are."</span><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; 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mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> </span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Develop your emotional intelligence</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Explore concepts of male spirituality&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; 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mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Enjoy the supportive environment of group work </span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Benefit from one-to-one coaching </span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; 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table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Week One: What Is Masculinity?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 7.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Week Two: Masculine/Feminine strengths and weakness</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 7.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Week Three: Evolving Masculinity </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></span></div><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 7.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Week Four: Masculinity in relationship with men and women</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 7.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">Week Five: Masculinity in crisis</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span></span></div><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">W</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;">eek Six: Integrating the masculine and the feminine </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB;"></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">&nbsp; </span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">WHO SHOULD TAKE PART?</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">This course is primarily designed for men who have some experience of personal development work such as coaching, counselling or group work, and an interest in developing their understanding of their own masculinity.&nbsp;</span><br /><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">It is an educational and experiential programme that will be of great benefit to men who are happy taking personal responsibility for their own growth and development. The course is not therapy and it is not an alternative to therapy.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">ABOUT THE </span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">FACILITATOR</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Glen Poole is a leading expert on men, manhood and masculinity. He has established numerous grassroots projects to support men and boys and is a regular media commentator on men’s issues, writing for publications like The Guardian, Telegraph Men and <a href="http://www.inside-man.co.uk/" target="_blank">insideMAN magazine</a>.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">Glen is also a popular public speaker and has delivered numerous presentations at events around the world including TEDxLSE; The Male Psychology Conference (London); the National Health Gathering (Brisbane); the Comparative Education Conference (Dubai) and the National Conference for Men and Boys (Brighton).</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">In 2012 and 2013 he hosted The Big Man Gathering, which brought together some the UK’s leading facilitators of “men’s work” to deliver a unique personal development experience for more than 100 men. </span> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; 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font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">TIME: </span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">7pm to 9pm<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> </b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;"><b>FURTHER INFORMATION:</b> To reserve your place or to find out more contact Glen Poole on 07981 334222 or email glen@glenpoole.com.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi;">---Picture Credit: Flickr/Duncan Hull&nbsp;</span></a> </div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-49629101277562001612014-03-06T01:36:00.002-08:002014-03-06T01:36:40.263-08:00Theme Announced For International Men's Day 2014 <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JVZ6hSAIN3s/UxhBjYKmUfI/AAAAAAAAA-8/Ycg0G2GT4FQ/s1600/IMD-UK-logo-border-300x103.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JVZ6hSAIN3s/UxhBjYKmUfI/AAAAAAAAA-8/Ycg0G2GT4FQ/s1600/IMD-UK-logo-border-300x103.png" /></a></div>For those interesting in celebrating&nbsp;<a href="http://ukmensday.org.uk/">International Men's Day</a> this year (19th November 2014) the gloabl theme is "Working Together For Men and Boys".<br /><br />This year's theme is designed to encourage greater co-operation in addressing in addressing the issues that affect men and boys all over the world such as men’s shorter life expectancy, the high male suicide rate, our collective&nbsp;tolerance of violence against men, the struggles that boys can face in getting an education&nbsp;and the unique challenges of father-child relationships.<br /><br />On International Men’s Day on Wednesday, 19 November 2014, people all over the wolrd are invited to host events and initiatives that involve:<br /><br /><ul><li>Like-minded people finding ways to work together for Men and Boys</li><li>People from diverse perspectives finding ways to work together for Men and Boys</li><li>People in different countries finding ways to work together for Men and Boys&nbsp;</li><li>And Men and Women finding ways to work together for Men and Boys&nbsp;</li></ul><br />In particular, participants are invited to find ways to work together that reflect the Six&nbsp;Pillars of International Men’s Day which means:<br /><br />ONE: Working together to promote positive male role models<br /><br />TWO: Working together to celebrate Men’s positive contributions<br /><br />THREE: Working together to focus on Men’s health and well-being<br /><br />FOUR: Working together to highlight discrimination against males<br /><br />FIVE: Working together to improve gender relations and improve gender equality<br /><br />SIX: Working together to create a safer, better world.<br /><br />Founded in its current format in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D, the event is observed&nbsp;in over 70 nations&nbsp;each year. Details of last year's event in the UK can be found at <a href="http://ukmensday.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.ukmensday.org.uk</a>.<br />Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-51379980249510683572014-03-03T07:11:00.001-08:002014-03-03T07:11:35.445-08:00Helping Men helps to develop a new approach to gender <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>394</o:Words> <o:Characters>2246</o:Characters> <o:Company>The Big Wheeze</o:Company> <o:Lines>18</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2758</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YUchXFStPFM/UxSbjOmf_NI/AAAAAAAAA-k/FLGi3wPQGTY/s1600/gender.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YUchXFStPFM/UxSbjOmf_NI/AAAAAAAAA-k/FLGi3wPQGTY/s1600/gender.jpg" height="243" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Glen Poole of Helping Men has published a&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.newmalestudies.com/OJS/index.php/nms/article/view/109" target="_blank">paper on Integral Gender Theory</a></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> that will be of interest to anyone who is committed to tackling issues of gender inequality whether they affect women and girls, men and boys or people of different gender identities.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The paper is published in the <a href="http:/" target="_blank">New Male Studies International Journal</a> and its primary focus is on the male of the species, but Integral Gender Theory provides a framework that is applicable to all gender issues, not just the many issues facing men and boys. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Gender politics play a huge role in shaping the problems that men and boys face. We all have gender politics. People who are in the business of helping the public rarely stop to consider that both service providers and service users are shaped by our beliefs about gender and this impacts both the way we provide services and the way people access services. Most of us are either unaware of the influence of own gender politics, or have an awareness of our gender politics but have make the mistake of thinking that our gender political views are the objective truth, rather than a subjective worldview.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Integral Gender Theory is a useful framework for understanding and addressing gender issues that helps cut through the limitations of our own gender political views of the world. Integral Gender Theory is based on an existing “theory of everything” called Integral Theory which is described as “an <span lang="EN-US">all-inclusive framework that draws on the key insights of the world’s greatest knowledge traditions”.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you’re committed to inclusivity and diversity in your work helping men or promoting gender equality more broadly, but struggle with the challenge of how to reconcile conflicting experiences and perspectives, then Integral Theory could help you. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">People who are committed to addressing the inequalities that women and girls face, for example, often struggle to deal with the fact that men and boys also face inequality. The integral framework may help you address this question. In our training “Helping Men Get Help”, for example, we train professionals on using one of the basic tools of Integral Theory called “the four quadrants”. We consistently find that using this model helps practitioners to identify the barriers that men face to accessing services and helps them to offer a more inclusive service in future. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">This simple and effective tool barely scratches the surface of what Integral Theory has to offer to those working in gender equality. With this in mind Glen’s paper offers a first solid step towards developing a detailed integral approach to gender theory. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">To read more see our post <a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/an-introduction-to-integral-gender.html">An Introduction to Integral Gender Theory</a>. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you're interested in training on Helping Men or applying integral gender theory to your work or practice then please get in touch via our <a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-helping-men.html">Helping Men contact page</a>.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><!--EndFragment-->Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-12463658010154353192014-03-03T06:50:00.000-08:002014-03-03T07:11:58.153-08:00An introduction to Integral Gender Theory <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>2155</o:Words> <o:Characters>12286</o:Characters> <o:Company>The Big Wheeze</o:Company> <o:Lines>102</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>24</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>15088</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} table.MsoTableGrid {mso-style-name:"Table Grid"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; border:solid black; mso-border-themecolor:text1; border:1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid black; mso-border-themecolor:text1; mso-border-alt:.5pt; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-border-insideh:.5pt solid black; mso-border-insideh-themecolor:text1; mso-border-insidev:.5pt solid black; mso-border-insidev-themecolor:text1; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FYkc7-8OWlw/UxSVe_UpXeI/AAAAAAAAA-U/qY21WgfCsrM/s1600/testosteron-en-oestrogeen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FYkc7-8OWlw/UxSVe_UpXeI/AAAAAAAAA-U/qY21WgfCsrM/s1600/testosteron-en-oestrogeen.jpg" height="266" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The following post provides an introduction to taking an integral approach to gender issues and is based on a </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.newmalestudies.com/OJS/index.php/nms/article/view/109" target="_blank">paper on Integral Gender Theory</a></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> written for New Male Studies international journal by Glen Poole of Helping Men.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Integral Theory, according to its creator Ken Wilber, is an</span> approach to understanding the world that uses “all known systems and models of human growth” and “distills their major components into 5 simple factors that are the essential elements or keys to unlocking and facilitating human evolution”.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">To date there have been a small number of notable attempts to apply Integral Theory to the study of gender and gender issues, but no-one has developed a fully-fledged Integral Gender Theory. In a sense, lots of Integral Gender Theories already exist because lots of people are applying Integral Theory to gender issues (possibly in the same way that lots of different feminisms exist). <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">What distinguishes an Integral Gender Theory is that it is opens your mind to considering all known systems and models of human growth and distilling their major components into 5 simple factors that are the essential elements or keys to unlocking and facilitating the evolution of men, women, girls, boys (and people of different sexes and gender identities).<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Because there are so many different systems and models of human growth, an integral approach to gender will be limited by the expertise and effectiveness of the individual applying the theory (and the breadth of their knowledge and experience). However, if you take on the practice of repeatedly bringing your awareness to the 5 key elements of integral theory, you will begin to develop a mastery of taking an integral approach to gender issues. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">So if you want to understand what Integral Gender Theory is, the first step is to become familiar with the 5 key elements of Integral Theory. According to Ken Wilber:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">“All of these elements are, right now, available in your own awareness. These 5 elements are not merely theoretical concepts; they are aspects of your own experience….if you learn to spot these 5 elements in your own awareness---and because they are there in any event---then you can more easily appreciate them, exercise them, use them…..”<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">These 5 factors are captured in the AQAL model which is pronounced<span lang="EN-US"> “ah-qwul” and is an acronym for “all quadrants, all levels,” which in itself is short for “all quadrants,</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="EN-US">all levels, all lines, all states, and all types.”<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">To help you remember the five basic elements of the AQAL model here’s an analogy borrowed from Sean </span><span lang="EN-US">Esbjörn-Hargens of the Integral Institute</span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">:</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">quadrants</b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> are like four maps of different terrains</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">levels</b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> are found in all four quadrants and are like contour lines on a map</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> lines</b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> of development are like pathways that run across the contours on our map</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Many different<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> types</b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"> of hiker could use this map (eg male hikers)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US">A hiker using the map to go for walk would experience many different <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">states </b>(eg changing weather conditions)</span></span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">ALL QUADRANTS<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The four quadrants in the AQAL model refer to everything which is internal (subjective); external (objective); individual and collective:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The upper-left quadrant represents the interior world of the individual (eg male and female psychology would be found here)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The upper-right quadrant represents the exterior world of the individual including biological factors we can measure external (eg male and female differences in hormones, chromosomes, brain structure etc)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The lower-left quadrant represents the interior world of the collective (eg cultural values and views about men and women)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The lower-right quadrant represents the exterior world of the collective (eg the economy, technology, laws, systems etc)</span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In terms of understanding gender those four quadrants map onto:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Our gender identity (upper-left)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Our biological sex differences (upper-right)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Gender stereotypes and dominant gender discourse (lower left)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Gender Roles and Gender Rights (lower right)</span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Put another way, the quadrants take account of the bio, psycho, social and cultural aspects of gender. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="MsoTableGrid" style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none; mso-border-alt: .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid black; mso-border-insideh-themecolor: text1; mso-border-insideh: .5pt solid black; mso-border-insidev-themecolor: text1; mso-border-insidev: .5pt solid black; mso-border-themecolor: text1; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 191;"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-irow: 0;"> <td style="border: 1.0pt; border: solid black; mso-border-alt: .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid black; mso-border-themecolor: text1; mso-border-themecolor: text1; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Upper-Left quadrant<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Interior Individual<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Subjective Experience<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Psychology etc<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Gender Identity</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> <o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div></td> <td style="border-left: none; border: 1.0pt; border: solid black; mso-border-alt: .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid black; mso-border-left-alt: .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black; mso-border-left-themecolor: text1; mso-border-themecolor: text1; mso-border-themecolor: text1; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Upper-Right quadrant<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Exterior Individual<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Objective Behavior<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Biology etc<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Sex</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="height: 4.5pt; mso-yfti-irow: 1; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: 1.0pt; border: solid black; height: 4.5pt; mso-border-alt: .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid black; mso-border-themecolor: text1; mso-border-themecolor: text1; mso-border-top-alt: .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black; mso-border-top-themecolor: text1; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Lower-Left quadrant<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Interior Collective<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Inter-subjective Experience<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Cultural factors etc<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Gender Stereotypes/Discourse</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: 1.0pt; border-bottom: solid black; border-left: none; border-right: 1.0pt; border-right: solid black; border-top: none; height: 4.5pt; mso-border-alt: .5pt; mso-border-alt: solid black; mso-border-bottom-themecolor: text1; mso-border-left-alt: .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black; mso-border-left-themecolor: text1; mso-border-right-themecolor: text1; mso-border-themecolor: text1; mso-border-top-alt: .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black; mso-border-top-themecolor: text1; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Lower-Right quadrant<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Exterior Collective<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Inter-objective Behavior<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Social factors etc<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Gender Roles/Rights</span></b><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><o:p></o:p></b></span></div></td> </tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><o:p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Taking an integral approach to gender means bringing your awareness to how all four quadrants are at play. As at starting point it is useful to consider how your own gender identity (upper left quadrant) and your own gender politics (lower left quadrant) influence how you view<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>he information you draw from all four quadrants.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">ALL LEVELS<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Within each of the quadrants there are many different levels of development such as biological development, psychological development, social development and cultural development. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The economy, for example, progresses through different levels of social development based on the technology that is available. Societies generally pass through distinct levels (or ages) from foraging to horticulture to agriculture to industrial to informational. The shift from the industrial age to the informational age, for example, is often linked to a “crisis of masculinity” as male dominated industries disappear and softer “feminine” qualities like co-operation and relationship building carrying more value in informational age. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">There are different theories on the levels of human development at cultural level. One such model is <span lang="EN-US">Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan’s spiral dynamics which is based on Clare W. Graves’ biopsychosocial model of human development. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Graves asserted that human values typically occur in systems that are now called value memes (vMemes), which are coherent sets or clusters of values. These values are not fixed but a consequence of an individual’s evolving worldview, which are informed by the prevailing life conditions.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Graves identified eight different value systems that describe how humans as well as cultures evolve. Most cultures and individuals will be predominantly characterized by just one of these eight value memes, though more than one can be at play in any individual or any community at different times.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">A list of the eight key colour-coded v Memes from Beck and Cowan’s meme in the Spiral Dynamics model is shown in the table below:<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 15.0pt; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="MsoNormalTable" style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-insideh: .5pt solid black; mso-border-insidev: .5pt solid black; mso-padding-alt: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 191;"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-irow: 0;"> <td style="border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Meme<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></td> <td style="border-left: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Colour<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></td> <td style="border-left: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Characterisitcs<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Wholeview<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Turquoise<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Holistic, global concerns, collective individualism<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 2;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Flexflow<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Yellow<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Independent, self-sufficient, functional, knowing, has personal value system <o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 3;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">HumanBond<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Green<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Collaborative, community-focused, concerned for the ‘have nots’<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 4;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">StriveDrive<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Orange<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Goal orientated, success driven, out to achieve<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 5;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">TruthForce<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Blue<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Absolutist, conformist, follow rules, obey higher power<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 6;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">PowerGods<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Red<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Egocentric, exploitative, dominating, seeking power, survival of the fittest <o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 7;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">KinSpirits<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Purple<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Living according to tradition and ritual<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 8; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="border-top: none; border: solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 90.45pt;" valign="top" width="90"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">SurvivalSense<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 64.2pt;" valign="top" width="64"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Beige <o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> <td style="border-bottom: solid black 1.0pt; border-left: none; border-right: solid black 1.0pt; border-top: none; mso-border-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; width: 271.15pt;" valign="top" width="271"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0cm; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Living in self survival mode<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></td> </tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Taking an integral approach to gender means bringing your awareness to the many different levels of human development that are at play in all four quadrants of the AQAL model. One good starting point is to become aware of <span lang="EN-US">Beck and Cowan’s Spiral Dynamics model</span> and consider which vMeme your operate from and how that shapes you worldview of gender issues.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">ALL LINES<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Lines of development refer, in simple terms, to how well an individual or a group of people can do something. One of my favourite lines for development is the Five Stages of Competence which defines the four key steps in learning any new skill as follows:</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Unconscious Incompetence (you can’t do something and you don’t even know you can’t do it)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Conscious Incompetence (you can’t do something and now you know you can’t do it)</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Unconscious Incompetence (you can do something at a basic level but have little awareness of why you can do it)</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Conscious Competence (you can do something well and you are aware of why you do it well)</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Mastery (or Conscious Competence of Unconscious Competence, put simply you can something really well without having to think about it)</span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Another line of development popular in the world of behaviour change may be familiar to your if you work in an area like public health, with stages of change defined as:</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Precontemplation (Not Ready)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Contemplation (Getting Ready)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Preparation (Ready)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Action (putting new behaviours into action)</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Maintenance (maintaining new behaviours)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US">Termination (new behaviours integrated with no risk or relapse)</span></span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">With behaviour change people will either progress along the line or relapse, with relapse potentially returning people to the point of precontemplation (eg they start smoking again and have no intention of trying to stop). <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">As you take on applying</span> an integral approach to gender you may ask yourself where are you on the line of development from being unconsciously incompetent to being a master? As you read this post there’s a good chance you could be moving along the line from conscious incompetence to unconscious competence. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">ALL TYPES</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In integral theory a “type” is generally something which may be found or in different quadrants, levels, lines and states but is still the same “type”. So a male smoker, for example, may move along a line of development from smoking to trying to stop smoking to being a non-smoker and he was still a male, every step of the way. So male or female can be a type. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">There are some people who think that male and female are types of brain. This view is popular with biological determinists and considered heresy by cultural determinists. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">According to Professor </span>Simon Baron-Cohen who has studied sex differences in the brain “some people say that even looking for sex differences reveals a sexist mind”. As a result of this worldview, he postponed finishing his book on essential differences in male and female brains as “the topic was just too politically sensitive to complete in the 1990s”.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The thrust of Baron-Cohen’s Empathizing-Systemizing (E-S) Theory is that while the female brain is predominantly hard-wired for empathy, the male brain is predominantly hard-wired for understanding and building systems. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In terms of the Integral Approach, this points to different brain types (types being one of the five elements of the AQAL model). However, from an empirical Upper-Right quadrant perspective he is not making a binary, reductionist distinction between a male brain type and a female brain type.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">What Baron-Cohen’s research revealed is that there are three main types of brain (plus two “extreme” brain types):</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The predominantly female E&gt;S brain type, where empathizing ability is greater than systemizing ability</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The predominantly male S&gt;E brain type, where systemizing ability is greater than empathizing ability</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The S=E brain type found in men and women where empathizing and systemizing ability is equally balanced</span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In addition there is what Baron-Cohen refers to as the “extreme male brain” type, S&gt;&gt;E, where systemizing ability is hyper-developed and empathizing ability is hypo-developed. Baron-Cohen proposes a link here to people with autism, which is a predominantly male condition. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The fifth brain type is the “extreme female brain” type, E&gt;&gt;S, where empathizing ability is hyper-developed and systemizing ability is hypo-developed. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Baron-Cohen’s findings highlight an important shift from the nature versus nurture debate about gender to an understanding that gender is a function of both nature and nurture. When interviewed about that nature versus nurture debate in 2010, Baron-Cohen said:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">“My own position is that biology and culture interact to create this sex difference. There are some people who would argue that its just biology or just culture but I think the moderate position is both are at work.”</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">What Baron-Cohen is expressing is an integral view of gender which takes us beyond the Nature versus Nurture and allows for the fact that both perspectives offer moments of truth that help us develop a better understanding of the sex and gender differences between men and women. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">ALL STATES<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">In Integral Theory “states”, unlike types, are <span lang="EN-US">generally transient, with emotional states being a good example. In terms of gender it is interesting to consider different hormonal states. </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">As with sex differences in the brain and genetic research, discussing the different impacts of hormones on men and women can be politically sensitive. For some radical feminists, for example, “Estrogen is the Goddess, testosterone is the Devil” while the “dissident feminist” Camille Paglia recalls that <span lang="EN-US">she “nearly came to blows with the founding members of the women’s studies program at the State University of New York at Albany when they categorically denied that hormones influence human experience or behavior"</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Despite its bad press, the positive impacts of testosterone, such as its ability to boost self-confidence and assertiveness, have been tested by researchers at Harvard Business School. One study found that adopting a “power pose” for two minutes could not only increase testosterone by 20% and decrease the stress hormone cortisol by 25%, but also improve an individual’s chances of performing more effectively in a job interview, for both male and female subjects. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Men’s lower levels of oxytocin have also been linked to male aggression with regular massage and exercises to increase bonds of trust proposed as an antidote as these interventions have been shown to increase participants oxytocin levels by 243%. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">What these so-called “life hacks” demonstrate is that at a hormonal level males and females can not only be measured as being hormonally different and diverse (ie men’s hormone levels differ from other men and women’s hormone levels differ from other women); but we are also adaptable and have some choice in whether we want to change the levels of different hormones either through medication or through specific “life hacks”.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>CONCLUDING THOUGHTS</b><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Integral Theory is a fantastic tool that can a few minutes to learn and a life time to master. Only by applying the integral framework to the way you think about gender can you begin to make your journey from unconscious competence to mastery.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you’re interested in training on Helping Men or applying integral gender theory to your work or practice then please get in touch via our <a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-helping-men.html">Helping Men contact page</a>.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">To read more about Integral Gender Theory see Glen Poole's <a href="http://www.newmalestudies.com/OJS/index.php/nms/article/view/109" target="_blank">paper on Integral Gender Theory at New Male Studies</a>.&nbsp;</span></div><!--EndFragment-->Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-25854632285236923382013-10-28T13:38:00.000-07:002013-10-28T13:38:12.916-07:00Helping Men Heads Down Under <div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 18.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">The event, called “</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Helping Men Get Help - the integral approach to helping men and boys get better outcomes”, is the final stage in a short tour of Australia that included four days at the <a href="http://workingwithmen.org.au/" target="_blank">National Men’s Health Gathering </a>in Brisbane.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 13.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Glen Poole, Director of Helping Men, has delivered a series of talks during his visit including:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 13.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"></div><ul><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Men’s Wellbeing panel at <a href="http://www.themanexpo.com.au/" target="_blank">Man Expo</a></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"> in Brisbane</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">A short introduction to Integral Gender Theory talk (<a href="http://workingwithmen.org.au/" target="_blank">Men’s Health Gathering</a>)</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">21<sup>st</sup>Century Man panel with Warrren Farrell, <a href="http://doctorarne.com/" target="_blank">Arne Rubinstein</a> and <a href="http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/Homepage.asp?Name=gary.misan" target="_blank">Gary Misan</a> (</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;"><a href="http://workingwithmen.org.au/" target="_blank">Men’s Health Gathering)</a></span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 24.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Fathers and Vulnerable Families discussion with Warren Farrell (<a href="http://www.warrenfarrell.com/" target="_blank">Men’s Health Gathering</a>)</span></li></ul><br /> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 13.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial;">Glen’s visit to Australia confirms our commitment to spread awareness and understanding of the barriers men and boys face and give more professionals the skills and knowledge they need to help men and boys overcome these barriers and access help and support services.
</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 13.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 18.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Glen’s Helping Men Get Help talk will take place on </span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Tuesday October 29, 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm at the Ruby Room, 1st Floor, The Castlereagh Club, 199 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Our thanks go to <a href="http://menshealthservices.com.au/" target="_blank">Greg Millan at Men’s Health Services</a> for making the event happen.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 13.0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Tahoma; mso-bidi-font-size: 16.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">To find out more about how we can help you help men, <a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.com.au/p/about-helping-men.html" target="_blank">click on this link now</a>.&nbsp;</span></div><!--EndFragment-->Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-51684527375322498752013-10-22T12:03:00.001-07:002013-10-22T12:03:31.879-07:00Five Ways #2: Understanding Why “Men Don’t Get Help”<br /><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PnWdz6SyJGY/UNb2wKYc95I/AAAAAAAAAFg/jjkxca_mZNk/s1600/il_fullxfull.359132223_4yat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PnWdz6SyJGY/UNb2wKYc95I/AAAAAAAAAFg/jjkxca_mZNk/s320/il_fullxfull.359132223_4yat.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><b>THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2012:</b></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">A Jewish comedian once observed that the reason that Moses and the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years was that none of the men would ask for directions.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The joke works because it reflects a cultural meme, than men don’t ask for help because of ‘male pride’ and ‘fragile male egos’ – and just like jokes about the Irish being stupid and women being bad drivers, it as joke based on a universal stereotype not a universal truth.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">When considering why men in general are less likely to access a service it can be useful to consider some of the most popular approaches used to analyze and understand sex and gender.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Some of the many different approaches to understanding gender include:</span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Sex differences</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Gender Role Theory</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The Social Model</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The Psycho-Social Model</span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Integral Gender Theory</span></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">One of the most useful texts on the subject is “</span><span lang="EN-US"><b><u><a href="http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/addis/VITAE_files/Men...Context%20of%20Help%20Seeking.pdf" target="_blank">Men Masculinity And The Contexts Of Help Seeking</a></u></b>” by&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/addis/VITAE_files/Men...Context%20of%20Help%20Seeking.pdf" target="_blank">Addis and Mahalik</a></u></b>, who&nbsp;</span>consider the merits of the sex-differences approach, gender role theory and social conditioning before proposing their own psycho-social model.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Below we provide a short overview of each of these five approaches with links to a more detailed overview of each approach.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">1. Sex Differences<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 14pt;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">In very simple terms the sex-differences approach takes the essential view that men and women are biologically different which is why they get different outcomes.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">A sex-differences view of help-seeking behaviour would consider help-seeking to be a staged process whereby an individual experiences feelings of concern, translates those feelings into a conscious recognition that help is needed and then take action to get help.<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">For example, a survey on&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">in&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2136367?uid=3738032&amp;uid=2129&amp;uid=2&amp;uid=70&amp;uid=4&amp;sid=21101470005823" target="_blank">Sex Differences in Psychiatric Help-Seeking</a></u></b>&nbsp;found that “</span><span lang="EN-US">women translate non-specific feelings of distress into a conscious recognition that they have an emotional problem more readily than men do” an concluded that “between 10% and 28% of the excess female psychiatric morbidity measured in treatment statistics could be due to this sex difference in problem recognition.”</span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 14pt;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">The psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading voice on&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~ssiegel/papers/baron-cohen.html" target="_blank">the essential differences between male and female brains</a></u></b></span><span lang="EN-US">, champions the benefits of the sex-differences approach with a dose of caution. He says:</span><o:p></o:p></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">“My own position is that biology and culture interact to create this sex difference. There are some people who would argue that its just biology or just culture but I think the moderate position is both are at work it’s very easy to make sweeping statements about groups of people, including the two sexes, which could easily become forms of discrimination or generalizations which simply don’t apply.”<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">To find out more read our post&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/is-mens-help-seeking-behaviour-question.html" target="_blank">Is Men's Help Seeking Behaviour A Question Of Sex</a></u></b>?&nbsp;</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">2. Gender Role Theory<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">One alternative to the sex difference approach is to understand men’s help seeking as a product of masculine gender-role socialization, an approach which makes the assumption that our gender is conditioned by our environment - our parents, our communities, our culture etc.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">These types of findings support the Gender Role Theory. According to the&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/ATLAS_EN/html/learning_a_gender_role.html" target="_blank">Magnus Hirschfield Archive For Sexology</a></u></b>,&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">children learn at an early age to identify themselves as being male or female. At the same time, they also learn to behave in a way that is considered typical of males or females. In short, they learn to adopt a masculine or feminine gender role.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">According to the report&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=5252&amp;p=0" target="_blank">Encouraging Help-Seeking Behaviour Among Young Men</a></u></b>&nbsp;the gender differences in help-seeking begin to emerge between the ages of three and five and are well-established by middle childhood.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">According to&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US"><b><u><a href="http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/addis/VITAE_files/Men...Context%20of%20Help%20Seeking.pdf" target="_blank">Addis and Mahalik</a></u></b></span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;there&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">“are theoretical and methodological strengths to the masculine role socialization approach, not least because it accounts for differences between different men whose “help-seeking behaviour is predicted to be a function of different men’s degree of endorsement of particular masculine gender-role norms that are incongruent with seeking professional help”.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">To find out more see our post on&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/gender-role-theory-is-mens-help-seeking.html" target="_blank">Gender Role Theory - Is Men's Help-Seeking Behaviour Conditioned</a></u></b>?</span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">3. The Social Model<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">What’s missing from the Gender Theory approach is it doesn’t take account of the different contexts in which men’s help-seeking behaviour takes place.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The same man’s help-seeking behaviour will change in different settings, for example he may be happy to get help from his for a bad back but not talk to the same doctor about his depression.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">From a social constructionist perspective, gender is something that is actively done in specific contexts rather than a fixed property of individuals.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">This thinking has some similarities with other perspectives such as feminist theory,&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1149&amp;context=artspapers&amp;sei-redir=1&amp;referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dhegemonic%2520masculinity%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D2%26ved%3D0CD0QFjAB%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fro.uow.edu.au%252Fcgi%252Fviewcontent.cgi%253Farticle%253D1149%2526context%253Dartspapers%26ei%3Dn_PWUM-MBYeZ0QXp4oA4%26usg%3DAFQjCNGEwBt13MvulAEzrnLUUxPIW4YyOw%26bvm%3Dbv.1355534169%2Cd.d2k#search=%22hegemonic%20masculinity%22" target="_blank">hegemonic masculinity</a></u></b>, the&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.scope.org.uk/about-us/our-brand/talking-about-disability/social-model-disability" target="_blank">social model of disability</a></u></b>&nbsp;and “<b><u><a href="http://connectedthebook.com/" target="_blank">The Surpising Power Of Social Networks</a></u></b>”<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">It is possible that men’s ability to seek help (or not) on particular issues will be influenced by the norms of their social networks or the social situations they engage with.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="Default"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">The&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=5252&amp;p=0" target="_blank">Encouraging Help-Seeking Behaviour Among Young Men</a></u></b>&nbsp;report highlights the&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">hypothesis that men seek help less because they lack the necessary social support networks within which to seek help.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="Default"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Taking context into account and considering a person-situation analysis provides a better understanding of men’s help-seeking behaviour and is still limited to considering specific situations like the type of problem, the type of help available and how serious and urgent the man sees the problem as being.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></span><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">To find out more about read our post on the&nbsp;<b><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/social-model-and-mens-help-seeking.html" style="text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Social Model And Men's Help-Seeking Behaviour</a>.&nbsp;</b></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">4. The Psycho-Social Model<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Returning specifically to men’s help-seeking behaviour,&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/addis/VITAE_files/Men...Context%20of%20Help%20Seeking.pdf">Addis and Mahalik</a></u></b></span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;suggest a psycho-social model of understanding men’s help-seeking behaviour in a variety of situations perspectives which considers:<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">psycho-social model considers there are at least five key factors at play that will help or hinder men from getting help</span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Social norms: is the problem I am experiencing socially accepted?</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="line-height: 18px;"><span style="font: normal normal normal 7pt/normal 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="line-height: 18px;">Ego centrality: is the problem a central part of me?</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Reciprocation: will I have the opportunity to help others?</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Social network: how will others react if I seek help?</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Perceived loss of control: what can I lose if I ask for help?</span></span></li></ul><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Using this model, suggests that an individual man is more likely to get help with a specific problem if:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"></div><ul><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">He feels that dealing with this problem is a normal thing for a man to do</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">He feels that the act of getting help is aligned to his own values</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">He feels that getting help is in some way a contribution or help to others – for example getting help with problem debt for the sake of his family</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">He feels that his family and friends will be supportive of him seeking help</span></span></li><li><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">He feels that he has more to gain than he has to lose by getting help</span></span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">This provides a much broader perspective of the barriers men face to seeking help and one of the notable aspects that’s missing from this model is a consideration of systemic and strategic barriers that can be more readily uncovered using an Integral Model.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">5. Integral Gender Theory<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The integral approach to understanding and analyzing gender is an emerging perspective that is based in&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://www.integralinstitute.org/" target="_blank">Integral Theory</a></u></b>, different aspects of which are increasingly being applied in work with men and boys.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">There are two models often used in integral thinking that may be useful in understanding men’s help-seeking behaviour. They are t</span><span lang="EN-US">he&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Dynamics" target="_blank">Spiral Dynamics model for value systems</a></u></b>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<b><u><a href="http://integrallife.com/node/37539"><span id="goog_1061247040"></span>AQAL (All Quadrants All Levels) model</a></u></b><span id="goog_1061247041"></span>&nbsp;which provides a holistic framework for assessing any object or subject.&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0cm; margin-right: 0cm; margin-top: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The model below shows some of the insights that begin to emerge when applying this model to men’s help-seeking behaviour.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span style="line-height: 18px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></span></div></div><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="MsoNormalTable" style="border-bottom-style: none; border-collapse: collapse; border-color: initial; border-left-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-top-style: none; border-width: initial;"><tbody><tr><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: black; border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: black; border-top-style: solid; border-top-width: 1pt; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Upper Left: Interior Individual<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div></td><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: black; border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: black; border-top-style: solid; border-top-width: 1pt; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Upper Right: Exterior Individual<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: black; border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: black; border-top-style: solid; border-top-width: 1pt; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">I / INTENTIONAL<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Men may not access help for a variety of reasons including fear of admitting weakness, fear&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">of the consequences,</span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;d</span><span lang="EN-US">esire to work it out themselves, not feeling worthy of help</span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></td><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: initial; border-left-style: none; border-left-width: initial; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: initial; border-top-style: none; border-top-width: initial; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">IT / BEHAVIOURAL<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">When we look at men’s help-seeking behaviours by measuring the ratio of men and women accessing helping services in areas like health, social care and community safety we find over and over that men are disproportionately less likely to access help.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: black; border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: black; border-top-style: solid; border-top-width: 1pt; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span lang="EN-US">Some of the cultural barriers to men getting help could be lack of positive gender discourse about men, d</span><span lang="EN-US">ifficulty identifying men as ‘victims’ or needing help, f</span><span lang="EN-US">emale dominated referral services, a</span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;lack of social projects involving and working with men, male s</span><span lang="EN-US">ocial conditioning, negative attitudes about men, u</span><span lang="EN-US">nhelpful local male cultures<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">WE/CULTURAL<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div></td><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: initial; border-left-style: none; border-left-width: initial; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: initial; border-top-style: none; border-top-width: initial; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Some systemic barriers include help-giving services with opening hours and locations that are more female inclusive; international, national and local strategies that focus on women but not men; financial systems that favour women (eg financial support for separated parents which can disadvantage the non-resident parent (usually dad) and his/her children.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">ITS / SYSTEMIC<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div></td></tr><tr><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: black; border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: black; border-top-style: solid; border-top-width: 1pt; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Lower Left: Interior Collective<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div></td><td style="border-bottom-color: black; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-left-color: initial; border-left-style: none; border-left-width: initial; border-right-color: black; border-right-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-top-color: initial; border-top-style: none; border-top-width: initial; padding-bottom: 0cm; padding-left: 5.4pt; padding-right: 5.4pt; padding-top: 0cm; width: 212.9pt;" valign="top" width="213"><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><b><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Lower Right: Exterior Collective<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">To read a fuller integral analysis of men's help-seeking behaviour seek our post:&nbsp;<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/five-ways-2-to-understand-why-men-dont.html" style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Men's Help-Seeking Behaviour - An Integral Analysis</a>.</span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></span><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">In reviewing the many different approaches to assessing men’s help-seeking behaviour one thing is absolutely clear – there isn’t one singular answer to the question ‘why are men less likely to get help’.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;">What’s also clear is that a man’s ability to get help is not simply a question of him having the right help-seeking skills. There are a host of systemic, cultural and situational factors also at play and anyone concerned with helping more men to get help will have greater success in adapting men’s help-seeking behaviour by considering how to shift the systemic, cultural and situational context they are operating in first.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"><br /></span></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-70030057056560109412013-07-05T00:26:00.000-07:002013-07-05T00:26:13.829-07:00Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2zFM9SwOfSE/UdZ0M6qNwqI/AAAAAAAAAwk/JVsZtY1wXOY/s1050/00439522.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2zFM9SwOfSE/UdZ0M6qNwqI/AAAAAAAAAwk/JVsZtY1wXOY/s1050/00439522.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The NHS Constitution requires CCGs to promote equality and pay particular attention to sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">As men and boys --- irrespective of age, race, sexuality, disability and social class --- have worse health outcomes and lower life expectancy than their female counterparts, it is essential for CCGs to put a focus on men's health if they are to reduce local health inequalities.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">In order to be rated as "excelling" in their equalities work, CCGs will need to demonstrate that all staff at all levels are continually supported, trained and developed to be competent and confident to plan, procure or deliver services that are personal, fair or diverse to meet the needs of all communities---including men and boys.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Helping Men offers a range of training, workshops and other services that can help the NHS's new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) to meet the public sector Equality Duty by taking action to improve men and boys' health outcomes, access to services and quality of care.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">We offer a range of public workshops that NHS staff can attend which include:</span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/course-why-do-men-lead-unhealthy-lives.html" target="_blank"><u>Why do men lead unhealthy lives (and what can we do about it)? - book today (next course 17 July)</u></a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/course-how-are-men-and-boys-unequal.html" target="_blank">How are men and boys unequal (and what can we do about it)? - book today (next course 23 July)</a></span></li><li style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/helping-men-get-help-course_18.html" target="_blank">Helping Men Get Help (next public course to be scheduled in October)</a> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span></li></ul>All of these courses can be hosted in house and you can also work with Helping Men to create bespoke training packages and workshop to meet your specific needs. During the quieter month of August we are offering a limited number of special rate in house training specifically targeted at CCGs and other NHS organisations. <br /><br /><b>If you want to contact Helping Men today about your training needs then email glen@glenpoole.com or call&nbsp; Glen on 07981 334222. </b><br /><br />For further reader see also:<br /><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/10-nhs-staff-need-training-on-mens.html">Why CCGs need training on men's health inequalities</a></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html">10 things CCGs need to know about men's health inequalities </a></li></ul><br />Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-57340556696810731382013-07-04T14:13:00.002-07:002013-07-05T00:33:08.232-07:00#10 NHS staff need training on men’s health inequalities <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 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Commissioning Groups (CCGs) using the Equality Delivery System (EDS) aim for is to promote “empowered, engaged and well supported staff”. In order to be considered as “excelling” in this field, CCGs will need to demonstrate that all staff are always supported, trained and developed to be competent and confident to plan, procure or deliver services that are personal, fair or diverse to meet the needs of all communities---including men and boys.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">The EDS recommends four grades by which CCGs can rate their performance in relation to its work on equalities ---under-developed, developing, achieving and excelling. If a CCG does not have a plan in place to ensure all staff are always supported, trained and developed to meet the needs of men and boys then it will be rated as under-developed in this area. Drafting such a plan puts the CCG in the “developing” grade and putting a plan in place to ensure staff are trained to meet the needs of men and boys raises the grade in this area to “achieving”. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">This grading systems applies to all protected groups including men and boys.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">According to the NHS’s guidance on the Equality Delivery System, in taking forward work on equality, CCGs should consider what support, development and training <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>opportunities should be made available to their staff – at all levels. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">The NHS has a commitment to provide all staff with personal development and access to appropriate training for their jobs. As all staff at all levels are expected to be both confident and competent at dealing with men and boys effectively, then specific training on the inequalities that men and boys face may be in order.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">For CCGs committed to tackling the inequalities in men’s health and ensuring that they excel in their equalities work by including men and boys in their equalities thinking, then Helping Men may be able to support you.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">Helping Men offers a range of tried and<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>tested workshops and course to help you work with men and boys more effectively and we are also happy to undertake research and consultancy work and develop bespoke training packages to meet the specific needs of your workforce and communities.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">If you want to contact Helping Men today about your training needs then email <a href="mailto:glen@glenpoole.com">glen@glenpoole.com</a> or call Glen on 07981 334222.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><br /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities </span></b></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br />See also:</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-75358351587044000792013-07-04T14:12:00.001-07:002013-07-05T00:49:03.136-07:00#9 CCGs can rate how male friendly they are <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> 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</w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sIhWcKdXavM/UdWZGA7k9eI/AAAAAAAAAwI/acU4gwBrjDk/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sIhWcKdXavM/UdWZGA7k9eI/AAAAAAAAAwI/acU4gwBrjDk/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" height="248" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">For Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who are using the Equality Delivery System (EDS) to rate their equalities work the NHS’s EDS grades manual provides an excellent template for beginning to consider how "male friendly" or "male positive" your organisaton is.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">By reshaping some of the questions about protected groups to focus specifically on men and boys as a distinct group with protected status under the Equality Act 2010, you can begin to build up a picture of how well you are addressing the inequalities experienced by men and boys in your local area. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">As men and boys have not traditionally been thought of as a distinct equalities group with specific needs it can be a useful exercise to make time to focus on men and boys. This process can help you to uncover some of the blind spots in your organisation's thinking that you may not currently be aware of.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The following list of questions is based on the NHS’s EDS grades manual and is provided as a starting point to help you begin to consider the inequalities that the men and boys in the communities you serve may be facing:</span></div><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">How does the health and well-being of male patients and carers compare with the health and well-being of female patients and carers?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">What is the extent of the gap in health inequalities between male patients and carers compared with female patients and carers?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do you engage with male patients and carers on how <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>their health needs can be met, their well-being promoted and inequalities reduced?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do you aim to meet the health needs and promote the well-being of men and boys and reduce the health inequalities they experience through mainstream processes?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">How do your health-need assessments of male patients and resulting services compare with assessments and resulting services for women?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do you aim to improve the outcomes of male patients and carers through mainstream processes? </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 8.5pt; line-height: 115%; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do public health, vaccination and screening programmes reach and benefit men and boys in the same way that they reach and benefit women and girls?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do you engage with male patients, carers and staff about how health programmes can be improved and inequalities reduced and do you aim to improve the efficiency of public health programmes for men and boys as part of your mainstream processes?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do male patients and carers access services at the same rate as female patients and carers; do you engage with men and boys about access to services and how it can be improved and do you aim to improve men and boys’ access to services through mainstream processes?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do you engage with male patients and carers about how their experience of your orgnaisation can be improved and do you aim to improve the experience of men and boys as part of your mainstream processes?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Do you engage with male patients and carers about how they are informed and supported to be involved with their healthcare and do you aim to improve information and support on the diagnoses and treatments of men and boys as part of your mainstream processes?&nbsp; </span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Taking time to ask yourselves these questions can begin to open up your thinking about how you can tackle some of the health inequalities that men and boys experience in terms of health outcomes, access to services and quality of care.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities</span></b></a><br /><br />See also:</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"> </span></b></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-81049167648056936732013-07-04T14:11:00.003-07:002013-07-05T00:56:35.382-07:00#7 CCGs can lead by example <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" height="248" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The NHS is committed to developing a culture of inclusive leadership at all levels. According the NHS’s <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>guidance on the Equality Delivery System, this means all NHS organisations ensuring that equality is everyone’s business with everyone expected to take an active part.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">For Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) concerned with tackling the health inequalities that men and<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>boys face, this means taking action to ensure that everyone working in health at a local level is making men’s health their business and is supported by the work of specialist equality leaders and champions.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">“Inclusive leadership at all levels” is one of the four equality goals that CCGs using the Equality Delivery System aim for and in terms of specific outcomes relating to men this means:&nbsp;</span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Boards and senior leaders conducting and planning their business in ways that advance the equality of men and boys</span><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Middle managers and other line managers supporting and motivating their staff to work in gender aware ways that ensures the specific needs of men and boys are addressed</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Using the “Competency Framework for Equality and Diversity Leadership” to recruit, develop and support strategic leaders to advance men’s equality outcomes </span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The NHS’s “Competency Framework for Equality and Diversity Leadership” outlines the five key areas of performance against which Equality and Diversity leaders are measured. For CCGs this means that their Equality and Diversity leads should be able to reliably and consistently deliver better outcomes for men and boys in a way that:</span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Operates<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>from a human rights context ensuring that the CCG engages and interacts with male patients and service users ---and men and boys in the wider community---in line with the values of Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy (FREDA) which underpin the Human Rights Act (1998)</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Builds the CCG’s capacity to respond to the changing needs of male patients and service users by developing a rich understanding of and engagement with men and boys in all their diversity</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Ensures a robust evidence-based equalities analysis to planning and improving services for men and boys that takes into account national strategies, local service needs and employment practice.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Communicates a compelling business case for taking a human rights approach to advancing the equality of men and boys in all their diversity to influence practice at every level of the CCG and connect with a broad range of strategic partners in the process.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Influences and leads change to improve equality outcomes for male patients and service users by being a change agent who identifies and implements interventions to reduce men’s health inequalities. </span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div 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mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" height="248" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The NHS lacks gender diversity at most levels with women outnumbering men in the NHS workforce by a ratio of three to one. One of the four equality goals that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) using the Equality Delivery System aim for is “empowered, engaged and well-supported staff”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>According to the&nbsp; NHS’s guidance on the Equality Delivery System, the NHS should be taking action to ensure its paid and non-paid workforce is as diverse as it can be across all occupations and grades.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">It is important to note that men still dominate some of the top positions in the NHS. In 2011, for example, the Health Service Journal revealed that only 15 per cent of chairs and clinical leads of the emerging CCGs were women and addressing the under-representation of women at this level is not incompatible with a focus on the specific needs of men and boys. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">However, there is no evidence to suggest that having more men in senior positions within the NHS leads to men’s health inequalities being given more priority. In fact it is only fair to note that many of the leading champions for men’s health around the country are women working within the NHS.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">It is also worth noting that where services are dominated by female staff, as is the case in the NHS generally, then this can be a barrier to men accessing that service. While it may not be possible for CCGs to significantly change the gender diversity of the local workforce, being aware than this could be an issue can help CCGs to take steps to help address this barrier by taking other steps to ensure its services are perceived by men to be male friendly and male inclusive. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Taking simple steps like ensuring publicity is targeted at men, running men-only initiatives, developing specific roles focused on men’s health and appointing men’s health champions can help make a difference.&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Finally, CCGs should be aware that to be considered to be excelling in equalities work, they will need to demonstrate that men and women are represented on the Board, in senior management teams and in clinical leadership roles in the same ratios as they are represented in the total workforce and the population they serve.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">In order to be seen as achieving in this area CCGs will need to show they have a plan in place with milestones demonstrating how they will ensure that the proportion of men in senior roles reflects the number of men in the workforce as a whole. CCGs who only focus on increasing the proportion of women in senior roles and ignore the under-representation of men in the total workforce will find it considerably more difficult to be graded as “excelling” in this area. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a 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margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" height="248" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">In recent years there has been a growing appreciation of the fact that men and boys can be a “harder to reach” group when it comes to delivering public services. What this means for CCGs concerned with providing a better service for men and boys in their area is that there is now a decent body of research and examples of good practice to draw upon.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Of course not all men and boys are “hard to reach” however when considering the inequalities that men face it is a good starting point to first consider the picture for all men and boys before focusing in on specific groups of men.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Men’s life expectancy, for example, is markedly lower than women’s across all social classes and there is a steeper social gradient for men, meaning that the life expectancy gap between the poorest and richest men is considerably wider than for women.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">One of the most useful pieces of research on men as a client group undertaken in recent years is the INVISIBLE MEN report by the Big Lottery. This found that the failure of a wide range of services to reach more men as potential beneficiaries of these services is “due to the presence of identifiable barriers” which include:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--></span></div><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--> <br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Men’s help-seeking behaviours and tendencies to delay seeking help and being less<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>likely<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>to<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>take<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>time<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>off<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>from<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>work<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>to<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>seek<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>help,<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>which<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>is particularly problematic when the services they need support from<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>mostly operate<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>during<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>regular working hours. </span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Fear of stigmatization, both perceived and real, for different conditions and for different groups of men. </span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">A lack of visibility of men in some services which can create the impression that those services are female orientated. </span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">A lack of discourse about gender generally and in particular an “overall resistance to engage with gender as an issue from a male perspective” which the report suggests is“one of the biggest barriers in engaging men”. </span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">In addition to these general barriers that may apply to all men and boys at different times and in different contexts, the INVISIBLE MEN report also highlighted that “although <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>evidence has show that there are barriers when engaging across all male groups, some groups of men appear to be even harder to reach than others”. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">For CCGs wanting to consider which groups of men in their local area may be “harder to reach” a good place to start is the other “protected characteristics” within the Equality Act which include race, sexuality, age and disability.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">It is also worth considering how the relationship status of men---particularly single men living alone or separated or widowed men---who can be both “harder to reach” and face particular health issues. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Finally a factor that should certainly be taken into account when considering men’s health is social class and geography which can both have a stark impact on men’s health outcomes, even for men living within a few miles of each other. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-7055976922437931382013-07-04T14:10:00.001-07:002013-07-05T01:05:44.265-07:00#4 Men may get unequal care <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; 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5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">According to the NHS’s guidance on the Equality Delivery System, inequalities in care still exist and in some instances people are “not people treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve”. Part of the answer, according to the NHS, is to work to improve outcomes by delivering a personal form or care that recognizes that every patient has different needs and circumstances and draws on the diverse talents and experiences of the workforce.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">As far as the care that men receive when compared with women, the Department of Health acknowledges that men and women rate their experience of care differently and has come to the conclusion that these differences are non comparable and so have decided not to disaggregate this data.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">However, in terms of ensuring that men and boys do experience an improved patient experience, it is worth considering if men are treated differently or have different needs. According to research into the experience of cancer patients, for example, men with prostate cancer consistently report a significantly worse patient experience than people with other common cancers in terms of the information given, referrals to support groups, access to a dedicated nurse and waiting times for treatment.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Some research has also found that as well as making fewer visits to their GPs, their doctors will tend to spend less time with them during consultations. While other experts suggest that symptoms may manifest differently in men, particularly for conditions like depression or stress, which could be linked to some men not being diagnosed for such conditions.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Taking such findings into account, there is certainly value in Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) being mindful that men and boys as a distinct group with specific needs may have different needs, expectations and experiences of care. CCGs may also <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>want to consider what expertise they already have within their existing workforce in terms of providing appropriate care for male patients and assess how<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>they can build on their existing skills and<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>knowledge.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><br /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Returnto ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-44620700524543245732013-07-04T14:09:00.004-07:002013-07-05T01:07:25.511-07:00#3 Men have unequal access to services <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> 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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" height="248" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Men in general are less likely to access a broad range of help and support services when compared with women.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Where this is the case, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are required to take action to improve men and boys’ access to health services under the public sector Equality Duty. This duty is reflected in the NHS's&nbsp; Equality Delivery System which has four key goals including “improved patient access and experience”.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">There can be a tendency to think that because a service is open to everyone that everyone has equal access. In reality, different groups of people can face a broad range of personal, cultural and systemic barriers that cause different groups to access services unequally. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The discourse around men’s health can be dominated by conversations about the perceived personal barriers that men face such as people saying that men are “reluctant” to look after their help, that “men don’t talk” or that men should be encourage to “take their health seriously”.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">There is a wealth of research on “hard to reach” groups, including men and boys, that consistently shows that many of the barriers are not personal but cultural and systemic. One of the intentions of Helping Men is to empower professionals to become more effective at helping men access local services.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">We do this, in part, by raising awareness of the broad range of barriers that men and boys face and highlighting examples of good practice that are effective at helping men overcome these barriers. All CCGs have it within their power to improve men and boys' access to local health services by identifying and addressing some of the barriers they face.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The following blog posts may be useful in helping you to start this process:</span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/top-ten-barriers-that-prevent-men.html" target="_blank">The top ten barriers that prevent men getting hel</a><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/top-ten-barriers-that-prevent-men.html" target="">p</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/ten-key-ingredients-of-successful.html">Ten key ingredients of successful projects that help men</a></span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/five-ways-2-to-understand-why-men-dont.html">Five ways to understand why men don't get help</a> &nbsp; </span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></b> </div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-26489270150976759642013-07-04T14:09:00.002-07:002013-07-05T01:09:28.218-07:00#2 Men experience unequal health outcomes <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> 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men and boys are assessed and that resulting services are delivered in ways that are effective and appropriate for men and boys</span></div></span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Ensuring that services are commissioned, designed and procured to meet the health needs of men and boys locally by taking action to promote their well-being and reduce the health inequalities that men and boys experience</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;"> </span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Ensuring that public health, vaccination and screening programmes are delivered in ways that are specifically designed to reach and benefit men and boys</span> </li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The primary purpose of the NHS, according to the White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, is the improvement of healthcare outcomes for all. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>To help deliver this objective, the NHS Outcomes Framework aims to be a catalyst that encourage changes in culture and behaviour which include a strong focus on tackling health inequalities. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The framework’s performance indicators are each linked to five “domains” the first of which is “preventing people from dying prematurely”.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>According to the national charity the Men’s Health Forum, premature death mainly affects men, with 42% of men dying before the age of 75 compared with 26%<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>for women.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Many of the indicators identified in the NHS Outcomes Framework will only be significantly improved by tackling men’s health inequalities. The indicators include under 75 mortality for cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, liver disease and cancer; emergency emissions of alcohol related liver disease and one and five year survival rates for cancer patients. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">One of the key steps that CCGs can take to help reduce the health inequalities that men and boys experience is to ensure that disaggregated data on men’s and women’s health is made widely available so that everyone committed to improving health outcomes can become aware of the key areas where a gendered approach is called for. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">For example if more men in your area are dying of bowel cancer, have a lower survival rate and are less likely to access local screening programmes, then there is a clear case for taking a targeted approach to improve early detection rates of bowel cancer in men.<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"> </a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><br /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-40684581143971964492013-07-04T14:08:00.003-07:002013-07-05T01:10:29.280-07:00#1 Men and Boys are an equalities group<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> 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href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RlO-uw3ry4Y/UdWnWy_m_oI/AAAAAAAAAwY/LxtMtJJHzTg/s620/NHS_2391456b.jpg" height="248" width="400" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The first principle of the NHS Constitution is to provide a comprehensive service<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>to each and every individual it serves whilst promoting equality through the services it provides---paying “particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population”.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Men and Boys are a distinct group with specific needs, particularly in terms of health and well-being where both biological sex differences and gender-related social determinants interact with other factors such as geography and social class to create the many different health inequalities that men and boys face. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Under the Equality Act 2010 section 149(1), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are bound by the public sector Equality Duty that requires them to take action to promote equality between men and women---as ‘sex’ is one of the nine ‘protected characteristics’ covered by <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>the act. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">This means that where men and boys are known to experience inequality in terms of their outcomes from and access to local health services, CCGs are required to take action to reduce these inequalities. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">One useful tool that can help CCGs take action to meet the Equality Duty is the EDS (Equality Delivery System) which has been designed to help NHS commissioners and providers to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities as well as creating <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>better working environments for staff.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">However, as the inclusion of men and boys as a distinct group with specific needs is a new and emerging area of equalities work, the impact of using the EDS to tackle the inequalities that men and boys face will depend on the levels of commitment and expertise within individual CCGs in relation to improving men’s health. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The first step that all CCGs can take is simply to acknowledge that men and boys are a distinct group with specific needs that should be given due consideration in addition to, not in opposition to, <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>the specific needs of women and girls. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">For more information see our blog post <a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/men-equality-and-law.html">Men, Equality and The Law</a> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ten-things-ccgs-need-to-know-about-mens.html"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Return to ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></a><br /><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">See also: </span></b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><ul><li><a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/training-on-mens-health-inequalities.html">Training on men's health inequalities for NHS CCGs </a></li></ul></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp;</span></b> </div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2953010057562110418.post-23321273741649887192013-07-04T14:06:00.000-07:002013-07-04T23:41:57.337-07:00Ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> 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font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">In April 2013 more than 200 new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) took over responsibility for delivering the majority of local health services in England. As public sector bodies, CCGs are required to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and have a duty to tackle the health inequalities that men and boys experience particularly in terms of health outcomes, access to services and quality of care. </span> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Helping Men provides a variety of services---such as training, research and consultancy--- to help organisations like CCGs to tackle equality issues relating to men and boys. Here we offer a guide to help CCGs consider some of the actions they could be taking to improve men’s health in their local area. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Ten things CCGs need to know about men’s health inequalities </span></b></div><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">1. Men and Boys are an equalities group</span></b><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The first principle of the NHS Constitution is to provide a comprehensive service <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>to each and every individual it serves whilst promoting equality through the services it provides---paying “particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population”.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Men and Boys are a distinct group with specific needs experience many different health inequalities…..<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/1-men-and-boys-are-equalities-group.html">read more about men and boys as an equalities group.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">2. Men experience unequal health outcomes</span></b><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">One of the four equality goals that CCGs using the Equality Delivery System aim for is “better health outcomes for all”. According to the national charity the Men’s Health Forum, premature death mainly affects men, with 42% of men dying before the age of 75 compared with 26%<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>for women……<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/2-men-experience-unequal-health-outcomes.html">read more about men experiencing unequal health outcomes.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">3. Men have unequal access to services&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Men in general are less likely to access a broad range of help and support services when compared with women.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Where this is the case, CCGs are required to take action to improve men and boys’ access to health services under the public sector Equality Duty. This duty is reflected in the Equality Delivery Systems which has four key goals including “improved patient access and experience”.....<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/3-men-have-unequal-access-to-services.html">read&nbsp;more about men having unequal access to services.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">4. Men may get unequal care&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">According to the NHS’s guidance on the Equality Delivery System, inequalities in care still exist and in some instances people are “not people treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve”. As far as the care that men receive when compared with women, the Department of Health acknowledges that men and women rate their experience of care differently…..<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/4-men-may-get-unequal-care.html">read more about men getting unequal care.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">5. Men can be a “harder to reach” group&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">In recent years there has been a growing appreciation of the fact that men and boys can be a “harder to reach” group when it comes to delivering public services. What this means for CCGs concerned with providing a better service for men and boys in their area is that there is now a decent body of research and examples of good practice for practitioners to draw upon…..<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/5-men-can-be-harder-to-reach-group.html">read more men being a “harder to reach” group.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">6. Men are under-represented in the NHS</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The NHS lacks gender diversity at most levels with women outnumbering men in the NHS workforce by a ratio of three to one. According to the NHS’s guidance on its Equality Delivery System, the NHS should be taking action to ensure its paid and non-paid workforce is as gender diverse as it can be across all occupations and grades……<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/6-men-are-under-represented-in-nhs_4.html">read more about men being under-represented in the NHS workforce.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">7. CCGs can lead by example</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The NHS is committed to developing a culture of inclusive leadership at all levels. For CCGs concerned with tackling the health inequalities that men and<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>boys face, this means taking action to ensure that everyone working in health at local level is making men’s health their business and is supported by the work of specialist equality leaders and champions…..<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/7-ccgs-can-lead-by-example.html">read more about CCGs leading by example.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">8. CCGs can foster good relations</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Under the Equality Act 2010 section 149(1), CCGs are bound by the public sector Equality Duty that requires them to take action to foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it. As ‘sex’ is one of the nine ‘protected characteristics’ covered by the act, this means taking action to foster good relations between men and women …..<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/8-ccgs-can-foster-good-relations_4.html">read more about CCGs fostering good relations between men and women.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">9. CCGs can rate how male-friendly they are&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">As men and boys have not traditionally been thought of as a distinct equalities group with specific needs it can be a useful exercise to spend some time focusing your attention on men and boys to help you reveal some blind spots that you may not currently be aware of. For CCGs who are using the Equality Delivery System to rate their equalities work, the NHS’s EDS grades manual provides an excellent template for beginning to consider how male positive your organisaton is…..<a href="https://www.blogger.com/">read more about CCGs rating how male positive they are.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%;">10. NHS staff need training on men’s health inequalities&nbsp;</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">One of the four equality goals that CCGs using the Equality Delivery System (EDS) aim for is to promote “empowered, engaged and well supported staff”. In order to be considered as “excelling” in this field, CCGs will need to demonstrate that all staff are always supported, trained and developed to be competent and confident to plan, procure or deliver services that are personal, fair or diverse to meet the needs of all communities---including men and boys…..<a href="http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/10-nhs-staff-need-training-on-mens.html">read more about training for NHS staff on men’s health inequalities.</a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;">Helping Men offers a range of tried and<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>tested workshops and courses to help you work with men and boys more effectively and we are also happy to undertake research and consultancy work and develop bespoke training packages to meet the specific needs of your workforce and communities.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.0pt;"><b>If you want to contact Helping Men today about your training needs then email <a href="mailto:glen@glenpoole.com">glen@glenpoole.com</a> or call Glen on 07981 334222</b>. </span></div>Glen Poolehttps://plus.google.com/102946929522990577519noreply@blogger.com0