Over the next three months my colleague, Rick Dauer, a co-author of the Helping Men Recover curriculum, is going to share the impact that being involved in the development of this new framework for men's treatment has had on him personally and professionally as well as on the men going through the curriculum and the professional staff delivering it. Rick is the clinical director of the treatment center where we piloted the curriculum as well as the lead facilitator while we were writing and rewriting the exercises and sessions. He has had the integral role of providing clinical insight and feedback throughout the process. I have learned a lot from working with him. You most likely would not have looked at the two of us and put us together as a team. However, he has become my training partner and we compliment each other really well.
In the nine months since the curriculum has been released we have been receiving incredible feedback about the effect the curriculum is having on men and those working with them. We have done numerous trainings around the country and not once has anyone said that they do not understand why we are advocating this rethinking and redesigning of men's treatment. The most common response is: "It is about time." My simple response - someone had to do it. Most people out there know that we can do a lot better for men - they are just not sure what to do or how to do it.
I hope you enjoy Rick's recounting of the journey we have had and how powerful the impact of this work has been. To say that this work has changed our lives would be an understatement.