Men’s Groups with Jason Conger LSW
After working with men in groups and in clinical settings, it has become evident to me that many of us are struggling with fundamental questions about our identities. Some examples of those questions are: What does it mean to be a man? What is my role as a partner and a father? What are the benefits and costs to being emotionally available?
Universality – Suggests that we are not isolated in our experiences.
Acceptance – Being who you are and allowing others to do the same.
Connection – Is the way we form contact with others.
Support – There is strength in numbers and no man has to walk the road alone.
Interest & Experience:
My interest in men’s groups began in 2000. I became a member of the Fatherhood is Sacred program on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona. We addressed parenting skills, character development and personal responsibility to build a positive foundation in improving family relationships.
After I moved to Denver I began facilitating groups for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Relationship Matters program which is geared toward helping couples communicate effectively, solve problems, resolve conflicts, and stay connected as they face life with MS together. I have also had the opportunity to work with the Denver Indian Family Resource Center subbing for the Fatherhood is Sacred program and facilitating the Nurturing Parenting program to parents with school aged children.
I am particularly oriented towards the relationship between father and child. I have worked tirelessly both with individuals and in groups to improve men’s understanding of the sacredness of their role as parent, partner and person.
Currently, I am working with Joe Elliott, MA to co-facilitate a men’s group at the Unitarian Church in downtown Denver. The group, totaling 8 sessions, will follow the format of a brief topic introduction and psycho-education, followed by group discussion. Please continue to check back for dates and times. We will start each session with a brief topic introduction and psycho-education, followed by a lengthy group discussion and finishing with a wrap-up. For those of you interested, please contact me as space is limited.