Dr. Robert Garfield, author of Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship, and Isaac Garfield, LCSW are beginning the first in a series of “Ready to Launch Men’s Groups” in collaboration with Dr. Michael Ascher. Their model integrates mindfulness training along with relationship and communication skill development. The group will provide participants with essential tools to help move them towards greater independence in their lives.
The group is appropriate for those who have suffered from substance use disorders with co-occurring anxiety, depression, ADHD, and/or relationship difficulties. The purpose of the group is to help participants feel more connected to others that are going through similar life struggles. Members of the group will range roughly from 20- 35 years of age. All members are required to be in their own weekly individual therapy with a clinician of their choosing in the community.
For a more complete understanding of the type of clients this group will serve, please read this piece published in the Huffington Post last year. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-ascher-md/failure-to-launch-syndrom_b_6709206.html.
Functions of the Group
To provide a safe environment for individuals to begin opening up emotionally and working through issues.
To learn mindfulness skills that can improve attention, clarity, and help with managing stress
To support each other to learn and utilize life skills and goal setting.
To encourage accountability and responsibility to self and others through regular attendance.
To improve emotional self-awareness, emotional self-control, communications skills, assertiveness skills and practicing healthy, mutually respectful relationships.
To provide a forum for support and feedback regarding personal issues, treatment goals and recovering from setbacks.
To improve executive functioning skills.
To allow participants to express and therefore normalize the experiences that in the past have created a sense of shame and isolation, leading to increased self-acceptance.
To provide an opportunity to be praised and rewarded for progress and achievements, thus leading to increased self-esteem.
Location and Time
The group meets on Thursdays for 16 sessions starting November 3rd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM and will be held at 191 Presidential Blvd. Suite W10. Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. The cost of the group is $1900.Please share this post!