How do I-Groups operate?
I-Groups are circles of men that meet on a regular basis to provide peer-support in a healthy and safe environment. The groups are facilitated by experienced men who follow a set of protocols and processes that have been developed, tested and reviewed over the 30 years the ManKind project has operated.
"This is a great program, other things I have done don’t seem to have a follow up to support the training weekend."
What I-Groups offer?
- A welcoming environment in which all men are invited to a greater understanding of themselves through listening and speaking their truths
- Participation in a physically, emotionally and psychologically safe circle of men with clear guidelines setting out acceptable behaviours
- Practice deepening self- awareness to allow for personal healing and transformation
- Opportunity to support and challenge each other
- Safely explore new ways of being
- Practice accountability, integrity, authenticity and emotional literacy
Limitation of I-Groups
- I-Groups are not group therapy and do not constitute professional mental health care; it is vitally important that men do not forego or suspend treatment in order to participate in I-Groups
I-Groups are great if…
You are a change agent, a man working with others for the good of society – the skills you can learn here are essential to your efforts to create sustainable solutions in the world. Learn the kind of connection that allows groups to overcome personal and psychological blocks and resolve interpersonal conflicts in a way that is energizing rather than draining.
You are outwardly successful and looking to become more balanced in other parts of your life – this is a place to come and explore, refine and express the other parts of yourself that may be hiding out in the shadows.
You have never felt safe or at ease in a group of men, if you have wondered ‘What does it mean to be a man?’ or ‘How do I become a better man?’ – this is a place to find answers. Your success depends on your efforts.
You struggle with commitment, with discipline, with emotional honesty, with feelings of powerlessness or inadequacy, with anger, frustration, depression – this is a kind of bonding that will help you break old patterns and find YOUR PLACE in a community.
A men’s group is a place to learn:
- Conflict resolution
- Communication skills
- Relationship development skills
- How to make and meet big goals
- How to overcome the past
- Brotherhood and camaraderie
- How to tell the truth with compassion
- How to create and maintain strong groups
- How to manage your emotions
‘The I groups have provided excellent follow up, with good ongoing support. No heavy sell.’
— Lyndon Ennis.
Find an I-Group
Men who are interested in our I groups and trainings can contact any one of these men at below locations around WA.
We would love to help you find an existing I- group near you. Call one of these men for a local I-group:
North Perth. Mondays 7-10pm. Dean Dyer 0403 185 373
East Fremantle. Thursdays 7-10pm. Jack Beros 0409 244 029
Bayswater. Tuesdays 7-10pm. Steve Silich 0423 536 800
Lesmurdie. Thursdays 7-10pm. Paul Shaw 0438 403 369
Rockingham. Sundays 8.30am start. Tim Harries 0413 313807
Leda. Tuesday 6.30pm start. Behrooz Eslam 0408 476919
Margaret River. 6.30 pm every second Wednesday. Andrew Hemsley 0422 353 778