Units 1-5

Engaging Men in Health


Aim of Workshop

To increase participants’ understanding of best practice in engaging men with health and social services.

Objectives

  1. Explore the concept of ‘men’s health’, how gender affects it, and the impact of social determinants.
  2. Reflect upon practitioner values and attitudes, and how these can shape health outcomes for men.
  3. Demonstrate how to guide health consultations with men using brief intervention and motivational interviewing techniques.
  4. Identify the key ‘rules of engagement’ for effectively building relationships with men.
  5. Offer guidance on / models for how to establish and sustain a men’s health group.

One Day Workshop Programme Outline

TIME SESSION FOCUS
9:30am

Introduction and setting the scene

  • Getting to know each other
  • Background to Engage
  • Overview of programme
  • Key developments in men’s health to date
10:00am

Why ‘men’s health’?

  • What do we mean by ‘men’s health’?
  • The case for prioritising men’s health
  • Concepts of men’s health
11:00am

Comfort break

11:30am

Examining gender and men’s health, and the social determinants of men’s health

 

Men’s health and practitioner values

  • The difference between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’
  • Men and gendered roles / behaviours
  • Masculinities and help-seeking
  • The impact of social determinants upon men’s health
  • How personal values, attitudes and assumptions influence work practices
1:00pm

Lunch

2:00pm

Guiding health consultations with men using Brief Intervention and Motivational Interviewing techniques

  • The ethos of ‘Motivational Interviewing’
  • Ambivalence as the key to changing health behaviours
  • The concept of ‘Change and Sustain Talk’
  • Assessing a man’s readiness to change
  • Frameworks for a successful health consultation with men
3:00pm

The rules of engagement

 

Establishing a men’s development group and sustaining engagement

  • Our own experience of working with men
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of engaging men
  • Guiding principles
  • Models of work
4:00pm

Summary and wrap-up

  • Recap on the day
  • Signposting to resources
  • Feedback
  • Closing round
4:30pm

End

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The course has made me aware that everyone goes through similar struggles, worries, fears and concerns, that having support is key and you can find it on a course like this one.

This course had a different form that I expected. I’m glad that it required me to get involved and allowed me to practice expressing my own feelings which I had problems with.

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