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The 'Rules' - Open Men's Circle

Boysen
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Group Organizer
Springfield, MA
I have pointed out in the past that all a man needs to be willing to do is follow some simple ground-rules in order to show up. What I haven't done is share those with you.

At the beginning of all our meetups, after we all introduce ourselves, we read a couple of statements that we have printed on posters on the wall.

Here they are!

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Groundrules

  • Confidentiality - What I say here is confidential. I will not share another man’s words or actions. I will only speak of my own experience and personal learnings. This goes a step beyond medical or legal confidentiality, to create a sense of safety for each man.
  • Punctuality - The group will begin on time and end on time. If I arrive late, I will not interrupt the flow of the group.
  • Ethical Relationships - This is not a business group. No Solicitations. If I need something, I can ask for it before or after the meeting. I can leave literature on the table.
  • Non-Violence - Violence can be physical, verbal or emotional. I acknowledge that my words and actions have an impact on those around me. I am responsible for my words and actions.
  • No Drugs or Alcohol - If I am high or have been drinking, I will tell the group. I accept the choice of the group in handling this.


Guidelines for Participation

  • Speak openly and truthfully, speak for yourself. Speak in “I” statements, not “we” or “you” statements.
  • Any man may pass at any time. Any man may STOP a process.
  • I am not here to give advice. If I want advice, I will ask for it specifically. I will ask permission before offering feedback.
  • I am responsible for taking care of myself. If I need something, I will ask for it.
  • This group operates with an agreement of mandatory reporting. Disclosure of domestic violence, suicidal ideation, or child endangerment will be taken seriously and handled appropriately.


Our Ethical Commitment
This Open Men's Group is facilitated by members of the ManKind Project, or “MKP,” a 25 year old international not for profit education and training organization. Neither MKP nor this Open Men's Group are affiliated with any religious practice or political party. We strive to be increasingly inclusive and culturally aware. Open Men's Circle is not here to sell you anything; attendance is free and there are no obligations nor expectations, financial or otherwise, beyond the groundrules we’ve just mentioned.

The men of MKP have attended a 48 hour primary training called the New Warrior Training Adventure, or “the Training.” To attend the Training, a man needs to pay a fee to cover MKP’s costs to put on the Training. Some scholarship money is available, and a flexible payment process is used to help men of limited means. This Open Men's Group and the men of MKP receive no financial benefit from you being here now, nor if you someday choose to attend the Training.

The members of MKP who offer this open men’s group do so because we believe in men and we care about our families, our communities and our planet. Every man in this Open Men's Group is invited to participate fully in the group - to challenge himself. This group is intended to help men grow and meet the challenges of their lives with strength, skill, and peer support. This group is not a substitute for professional mental health services. If you are currently in the care of a mental health professional, ask them if a peer support group could be beneficial for your treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about MKP or the Training after tonight’s group ends, you are invited to take the literature on the table or talk to MKP members. MKP members who are available to talk about these topics, please raise your hands now.

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That's it. We're not here to sell you anything, we're not here to replace therapy.

We help men grow, because we believe the world needs grown up, mature, and powerful men.
Your family, your community, and the world benefits when you take an active role in your personal growth.


Our goal is to help you learn more about who you are and what you're passionate about, and help you get more of it. And we want you to help us learn more about who we are as well. It's always a two way street.

Hope to see you.

Boysen
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