A Circle of Men: The Original Manual for Men's Support Groups

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1992 - Self-Help - 139 pages
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What is the men's movement?
Hundreds of thousands of men all across North America are forming councils, lodges, and participating in "wild man weekends," inspired by the mythopoetic writings and personal testimonies of such authors as Robert Bly, Sam Keen, and John Lee.

What do you need to be part of it?
Robert Bly's practical advice to his gatherings of men is to go home and form small groups. This book, fifteen years in the making and written by one of the prominent forces in the men's movement, is the original handbook for forming and guiding these small support circles.

Here's what this book gives you:
This step-by-step manual grows out of Bill Kauth's two decades of experience with over 125 support groups. It will help the organizer or leader to start a group, find new members, solve group problems, and create rituals and activities that promote honesty, self--disclosure, and fun.
 

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With a little help from my friends The history and value of support groups
3
Commitment To create friendship community and intimacy
5
Decisions What and who do I want in my group?
7
Organizing your group How and where to find potential members
9
The interview Who and how to choose group members
12
Running Your Mens Support Group
15
Ready to being Preparation for the first meeting
17
The first meeting Getting to know ya
19
Getting unstuck
74
Things to do together
77
Mission in a mans life
80
Men taking action in the world
85
Situations and Dynamics in Your Group
87
Handling problems in groups
89
Leaving the group
93
Adding new members
96

The second meeting Great to see ya again
27
The third meeting Feeling and thinking
34
The fourth meeting Listening
39
The fifth meeting Feedback and work
44
The sixth meeting Hassles and conflict
50
The seventh meeting The power and pleasure of play
54
The eighth meeting Who are we now and where are we going?
56
Activities and Challenges for Your Group
59
Stretches and goals
61
Structured learning activities
64
Topics and issues for discussion
72
Physical touch
98
Ritual in mens groups
100
The stages of group development
103
Group dynamics
105
Mens Readings and Information
109
Were Not Ready Yet But Soon Exploring the Edge of Maleness
111
They All Died in the War
116
The Wounds of Aquarius the Loss of Fierceness and the Fear of Power
121
Information on the New Warrior Training Adventure mens weekend
128
Recommended books and tapes
132
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Page xiv - IV. A man doesn't have to live up to any narrow, societal image of manhood. There are many ancient images of men as healers, protectors, lovers, and partners with women, men and nature. This is how we are in our depths: celebrators of life, ethical and strong.

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About the author (1992)

Bill Kauth, M.S., psychotherapist and counselor to business executives, has been active in the men's movement for twenty years, and is cofounder of The New Warrior Training Adventure, one of the oldest and most respected men's initiation organizations, with branches in Chicago, Houston, Memphis, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., San Diego, and many other cities, including his hometown of Milwaukee.

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