Embodied Masculinity: Integrating our Warrior, Dancer and Poet-February 8-10, 2019

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Embodied Masculinity: Integrating our Warrior, Dancer and Poet-February 8-10, 2019


Date: February 8-10, 2019
Time: Friday, 4:00pm-10:00pm (Dinner 6:30pm-7:30pm plus two 15 minute breaks)
Saturday, 10:00am-7:00pm (Lunch 1:00pm-2:30pm plus two 15 minute breaks)
Sunday, 10:00am-2:00pm (One 15 minute break)

Tuition: $340.17
Early Bird: $295.80 (before 12/28/2018) - use promo code: warrior

Continuing Education (CE): 14.50 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Michael Craig Clemmens, PhD
Travis Fox, PsyD
Daniel Goldstein, MSW, LCSW

#MeToo. Patriarchy. Privilege. Power. Non-binary. Gender fluid.

These terms, which are now commonplace in our public discourse, speak to the rapid changes and ever-shifting ground around how we define and think about gender identity, roles, and expectations in the culture at large. These changes demand that we as men—and by “men” we refer to anyone who identifies as such—reckon with and explore afresh how we define what it means to “be a man” as well as how we live out our masculinity in the flesh and bones of our everyday lives and relationships.

Years of conditioning have led to many of us struggling with experiencing our feelings and expressing ourselves authentically. Cultural imperatives to be stoic and strong but also open and soft can feel at odds. We can become disconnected from our hearts and desensitized to our experience in the world. Our important relationships with lovers, family, and friends can feel stagnant and unfulfilling as a result of this conditioning.

In this three-day experiential workshop, we will explore the patterns with which we embody our masculinity and ways these both support and limit us in our lives and relationships. Through Gestalt practices of awareness, movement, dialogue, and experiment, this workshop aims to build a community of support where we can more fully embody the range of our masculinity and make deeper contact with ourselves, each other, and our relational world.

This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as a man. We seek to build a learning community of men with diverse backgrounds and identities, including race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

This workshop is designed for all levels of mental health professionals and for others outside of the field of mental health.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Define the concept of masculinity and “embodied masculinity”;

  • Identify familial influences on their definition of masculinity;

  • Identify media and other field influences on their definition of masculinity;

  • Explain the impacts of cultural messaging on their sense of self;

  • Discuss the impact of cultural messaging on their behavior in relationships;

  • Describe the impact of others’ interactions on them;

  • Explore different ways of relating in a group;

  • Discuss the impact of patterns of behavior related to masculine conditioning on our health and well-being;

  • Identify behavioral changes they want to make, based on their new conception of themselves and their expressions of masculinity; and

  • Articulate a personal vision of their “embodied masculinity”.