|How the Program Works
Survival Skills for
Men™ consists of a series of 10 workshop topics that have
been carefully selected and tested to impart skills that promote
successful life, family and employment relationships. The result
is learning, behavioral change, increased self-respect, and decreased
depression and helplessness.
The workshops utilize participatory learning experiences, group
activities, role playing and extensive skill practice. Take-home
action plans provide for the retention and transfer of skills learned
in the workshops to the participant's daily life. Informal bonding,
support, and the building of lasting friendships all serve to reinforce
the participant's desire to improve his overall quality of life.
Learning is measured by a simple pre-test/post-test procedure for
each workshop and the review of homework assignments ("action
plans"). For each workshop, participants receive a workbook
containing important information and activities to support the retention
of new behaviors.
Each workshop series is conducted by a specially-trained facilitator
who serves as a role model and guide. Facilitators work from a scripted
manual and use prepared SSM materials.