M.E.N.'s GOAL is to provide the tools and resources needed for effective and productive ways to deal with anger, stress and other relationship challenges.
Both the 24-hour hotline and the three M.E.N. groups are facilitated by collective members. These facilitators were either clients of M.E.N. in the past, or community members interested in working with men. They are supervised by a licensed clinician in the groups, who is the only paid member of the collective.
The first step is to call the hotline at 707-528-2MEN (2636). You will be able to talk in confidence with one of the collective members, many who have "been there." After an initial conversation, you and a M.E.N. collective member will determine what resources would be good for you.
Once that has been determined, you may attend one of the Stop the Violence (STV) groups, which are held in Petaluma on Monday nights and Santa Rosa on Wednesday nights.
You will learn:
Skills Building group is open to men who have completed STV and learned how to avoid abusive behavior. The Skills Building group provides an opportunity to strengthen your ability to use your new tools so that they become more automatic. This group provides on-going support for men working together on changing their behaviors and lives.
Long Term group is open to men who have completed Skills. Once someone has truly integrated the skills, Long Term is a group that provides an environment where men can explore their issues at a deeper level. After completing the Long Term group, some men decide to become a member of the M.E.N. Collective, where they continue to be supported in their personal work, while helping others.
My relationship is much better. I have some real intimacy and love in my life for a change."