Taking Responsibility - A Course For Men
Who is it for?
Taking Responsibility is an eighteen-session group program aimed at men who have been abusive in their relationships and are now ready to work towards building relationships that are respectful, caring and safe.
What will it be like?
It is common for people to experience some initial anxiety over the prospect of participating in a group, and don’t know what to expect. Being in a group offers a safe, supportive environment where you can share your thoughts and ideas, and learn from others experiencing similar challenges. Group participants say they feel less alone, isolated and judged, and that groups help in finding new solutions to dilemmas or problems.
Our groups typically have 8-12 participants. The group facilitators provide information, create discussion, allow for self-reflection, goal setting and learning new skills. You will experience a positive, practical approach that builds on strengths within yourself and in your relationships. Participating in a group program is an effective way to gain the confidence to turn negative habits and cycles into positive ones, manage strong emotions constructively and create the future you want.
- Clarify your problems.
- Gain new perspectives.
- Work through change.
How can it help me?
Participants in the group are provided with an opportunity to begin the process of change by understanding the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that either support change or destroy relationships.
Weekly group sessions will run alongside individual assessment and reviews, as well as follow-up sessions with a Relationships Australia Counsellor.
All clients are required to attend two individual counselling sessions with a Relationships Australia NSW counsellor, prior to admission into this group.
The program also provides support and courses for current/former partners and others who may be affected by the abusive behaviours.
Booking this program
Fees are determined based on your income at a level affordable to you. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay fees.
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Taking Responsibility Information Sessions
Taking Responsibility (18 weeks)
18 week program starts in Oct.
Start day and date TBA.
Times: 5:30pm - 8:00pm.
Taking Responsibility: A course for Men
Taking Responsibility: For Men
Taking Responsibility: For Men
“When I showed up to my first session, I thought to myself ‘I'm nothing like these blokes. I’m only here because my wife said our marriage depended on it. That’s what denial sounds like. I wasn’t yet willing to acknowledge that I hurt the people I cared about most – my family. People think that domestic violence is all about arguments. In my case, there were no arguments – and that was the problem. I would just shut things down then storm off or throw something and that would be the end of it. I didn’t think being physical like that was a bad thing, because that’s how it was when I was growing up. What I didn’t realise is how this looked through my kids’ eyes. They witnessed all this and it scared them shitless. What I’ve come to learn is that I didn't want to feel things. I was actually afraid of feelings because they can hurt. But if I don’t confront that hurt, I hurt my family. And I don’t ever want to be that person again.”