Male Engagement

Engaging Men and Boys

Many organizations, efforts, businesses and community-based series struggle with efforts to effectively engage men’s involvement in their services or programs.  Most of the time, the reasons for lack of men’s involvement in these efforts focus on the presumed deficit of the men.  There are strategies that have been found effective as a way to market and promote programming that engages men to be actively involved.

I offer tailor-made professional training to help develop confidence and competence to effectively engage men and boys in the services or programming you offer.  In addition, however I can help to assess the organizational environment to help you counter the barriers to engaging men.  I understand the reasons for men’s lack of active participation not as a  deficit of the men themselves, but rather as a result of the multiple barriers that exist to men’s involvement (see the barriers to engaging men document listed below).  Combining a training such as what I offer, with a strategy counters these barriers a ross the social ecology will prove more effective in engaging men.

Resources:

  • Continuum-of-Mens-Engagement-revised  I created the continuum of male engagement as a conceptual tool specific to engaging men in efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence.  The underlying  premise and perspective, however, is true regardless of what it is that you’re seeking to engage men to be a part of.  Based on this continuum, I  can help you to focus your target audience (i.e., which men do you seek to engage and which men are most engage-able for your program or service) and develop a strategy to engage those men.
  • Barriers-to-Engaging Men-Across-the-SEM  I developed this based on the work of Dr. Michael Flood as a visual depiction of the various barriers that inhibit men’s involvement.

Fatherhood

Supporting men to be responsible and engaged fathers requires a multi-sector approach that includes educating men about how to be a father, supporting couples, as well as (and perhaps more importantly) creating social environments, community norms, and organizational policies and protocols that support men being dads.  Most men want to be actively and supportively a part of their children’s lives.  But many men also face significant barriers that inhibit men from being the kinds of father they want to be.

I provide support for organizations who do, or want to, more effectively engage fathers on how they can best do that.

Below are some tools and resources I’ve developed to help organizations and practitioners better support men to be engaged and responsible fathers.

  • How Perinatal Providers Can More Actively Engage Fathers
  • Supporting Dads who Experience MisCarriage
  • Information for Dads who Experience a Miscarriage