When & Where is the group?
The group will be held in Chatswood, a short stroll from Chatswood Station, and with plenty of street parking available. The group will run on a Monday evening from 8pm – 9.30pm. New participants are able to join the group on the first Monday of the month if space is available.
How much does it cost?
Your commitment to the group is for one month. The group costs $40 per person per session and the total cost is based on the number of sessions in a month.
Fees are payable at the time of reserving your space.
Fees are payable by direct bank transfer or by credit card via Paypal. Paypal transactions incur an additional fee of $5.
Refunds can only be provided if we are able to fill your space in the group. A $15 administration fee is charged for any cancellations requiring a refund.
I’ve never been to a men’s group before. What can I expect at the first session?
- The group is held in a small group room within a professional therapy practice. Participants sit on comfortable chair or couches (based on a first in best dressed basis).
- The group will usually start on time so it’s useful to arrive 5 minutes early.
- Each month when new men join the group, there will be time for a brief introduction of each participant and the facilitator.
- The facilitator will explain some aspects about how the group works to help any new participant feel welcome.
- You remain responsible for your own choices around what you choose to share, or to let the facilitator know of any concerns you may have.
Feel free to review the Sunday Telegraph Article on a men’s group that Harley previously co-facilitated. Please note that the reference to taking off shoes and sitting on mattresses is not relevant for the Separation and Divorce Men’s Group.
Will the men’s group solve all my problems?
A men’s group is not designed to solve all your problems. There is no magic bullet that will ensure your life will be completely different. However, men’s groups are recognised forums for men to share their stories and experiences with other men, and through this exchange to change and improve their lives. What you get from the group will largely be based on the level of your participation.
What kind of men participate in men’s groups?
All kinds of men are welcome at this men’s group. Your age, cultural background, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and any other aspect of yourself that makes you unique, will all be accepted and hopefully celebrated as important elements of the group.
Who is NOT suited to men’s groups?
A men’s group is usually not suited to men who:
- Have a severe or serious form of mental illness. If you are unsure, please consult with your medical practitioner.
- Have a history of being violent or are unable to manage their anger or rage reactions
- Have any sort of substance dependency (eg. Alcohol, drugs) where use is on a regular (daily/weekly basis)
- Are unwilling to respectfully listen to other people’s experiences
If any of the above applies to you, you may need to seek individual counselling or therapy
What are some of the issues that are discussed in the men’s group?
A Separation and Divorce Men’s Group may cover some or all of the following issues:
- Stories and experiences about relationship breakdown
- Feelings and Emotions associated with separation and divorce
- Divorce process issues such as mediation, courts, etc.
- Children-related issues such as custody arrangements, dad’s relationships with their children
- Impacts of separation and divorce on the lives of the participants
- Challenges and relationships in relation to the ex-partner
- Impacts on friendships, families and other relationships
- The challenges and opportunities of being a man in the midst of separation or divorce
- Any other issue that a participant feels is relevant to their separation or divorce experience
All of the issues above are covered from the perspective of each person’s experience and how it has impacted on them and/or those around them.
Who will be facilitating the group?
The group will be facilitated by Harley Conyer.
Harley is a qualified and skilled counsellor, life and executive coach, mentor and facilitator, with substantial experience working with individual clients and facilitating workshops, trainings, groups and retreats.
He is a powerful change agent, with significant experience and success supporting others through major life transitions and transformations. His skills and training make use of current techniques and practices, while also drawing upon some more traditional approaches that have withstood the test of time.
For more information about Harley please click here