Presentations - August/September 2014

The Men's Center Board appreciates the volunteer presenters who return from time to time and welcome first timers. Their presentations add a new dimension to our weekly Wednesday night gatherings.

Please take time to read the descriptions and plan to attend if they stimulate your interest. Bring a friend to share the experience and acquaint him/her with the Men's Center. Each presentation is intended to promote personal growth, stimulate your interest in a topic, and to give you an opportunity to interact with other attendees.

We are always looking for new presenters and topics. Please call Randy at The Men's Center, 612-822-5892 with your ideas and names. We appreciate your help.

Presentations are the sole responsibility of the presenter(s). The Men's Center does not endorse, takes no specific position, nor does it hold any opinion on the presentations, or of any information imparted, or of the presenter(s) themselves.

The Men's Center is a RESOURCE for the community, a clearing house for information of all kinds, agreeable or not, to one's beliefs. Listen, participate and make your own decisions.

All groups meet at TMC, 3249 Hennepin Ave. So, Suite 55, unless otherwise noted. These low cost presentations are shown in the Calendar of Events and a more extensive description follows. No pre-registration is needed; entrance fees collected at the door are:

  • Non-Members of TMC $5.
  • Regular Members ($20 level) - $3
  • Patron Members - FREE

    Note: All events are for men only unless otherwise stated.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Bob Manson
When: Wed, Aug. 6, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:
• Divorce
• Separation
• Paternity
• Property Division
• Custody
• Spousal Maintenance
• Child Support
• Financial Settlements
• Co-habitation
Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men’s Center receive a courtesy discount.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, Aug. 13, 7:00-9:00 pm

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.

This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.

Crisis Connection: A Volunteer's Perspective

Presenter: Dean Andrew
When: Wed, Aug. 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

What does Crisis Connection do and who does it serve? What kinds of calls do you get? What training is involved to become a volunteer counselor? These questions and others will be discussed.

Crisis Connection answered over 43,000 calls in 2013 with many of them coming through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The challenge of empathetic listening and asking the right questions continues, and there are new challenges and "aha moments" practically every week. The Crisis Connection mission, "to ensure no one in crisis is alone," is more important today than it has ever been. Suicide rates are on the rise in Minnesota and Crisis Connection is certified for suicide prevention. How we handle calls about suicide, what you can do if you suspect someone is contemplating suicide, and a typical "day in the life" (four hour session) will be covered.

Dean Andrew has 20+ years experience with Crisis Connection as a volunteer counselor, participates in outreach to inform others of the services provided, has created training and in-service training, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013.

Couples Communication

Presenter: Harry Greenberg
When: Wed, Aug. 27, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Divorce or leaving a long-term relationship is often a profoundly life-changing event, but everyone experiences the process differently. What is often helpful is an understanding of both the intellectual and emotional contours of the journey.

In this experiential and participant focused workshop, we will explore a variety of factors that play a major role in how one understands, and manages the divorce process, reviewing behaviors to avoid and strategies to employ.

Harry Greenberg is an educator, social worker, and social justice activist. He received his masters degree in social work and his teaching license from the University of Minnesota. He is licensed as a graduate social worker in the state of Minnesota. He has been involved in divorce education since 2000 working at both Storefront and Chrysalis. Much of his passion in this topic came about through the lessons learned in his own divorce. His work as an educator and counselor focus on client self-empowerment, user-friendly education, and the use of narrative and solution focused inquiry.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Kelley Lorix
When: Wed, Sep. 3, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:
* Divorce
* Separation
* Paternity
* Property Division
* Custody
* Spousal Maintenance
* Child Support
* Financial Settlements
* Co-habitation

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men's Center receive a courtesy discount.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, Sep. 10, 7:00-9:00 pm

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.
This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.

Seven Feathers Program for Healing and Recovery

Presenter: Dan Gorbunow
When: Wed, Sep. 17, 7:00-9:00 pm

Ready for a different approach to your recovery and healing?

Experience community in a fresh way by honoring culture, tradition, values, and beliefs that shape our healing patterns. This is a fun, practical venture in the use of sacred space and ritual to help our journey of healing from addictions. In the Warrior Healing Circle of Seven Feathers, all beliefs (or any lack of) are welcome, and participants are invited to "Bring whatever is sacred to you, with you, and respect the truth of others." Participants will learn to value the wisdom carried in each person's culture and experience, to discover that there are many paths to recovery and wholeness, and to have fun while doing "the work" of personal transformation. This is the introduction to a weekend workshop series offered at TCMC throughout the year. Open to all people, men, women, youth, elders, and genders. Go beyond "maintenance" of your program, and step into discovery of possibilities!

Seven Feathers Program is designed and facilitated by Dan Gorbunow, AMT. Dan is a Shamanic Bodyworker specializing in men's health at Red Earth Sanctuary in Uptown. He is an experienced facilitator and pioneered the Seven Feathers Program for work with youth and adults in treatment centers in the region. Please contact Dan if you plan to attend, however registration is only recommended, NOT required. Email: thunderbird@live.com

Boundaries, Self-Care and Creating a Sense of Safety

Presenter: Diane Long
When: Wed, Sep. 24, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Learn strategies to create more safety, choice and agency for yourself, for partners and friends, through dialogue and interactive exercises. Develop greater "sensory literacy". Expand your sensory and emotional vocabulary to better recognize and respond to body cues in support of self-care. Practice verbal and physical skills to clarify needs, values and preferences, identify and maintain boundaries, and become more assertive in daily life.

Diane Long has taught sex-positive self-defense for 22 years and has been practicing holistic bodywork since 1996. A Board Certified Massage Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Diane specializes in trauma-informed approaches to violence prevention and healing.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Rasheen Tillman
When: Wed, Oct. 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to all genders

Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:
* Divorce
* Separation
* Paternity
* Property Division
* Custody
* Spousal Maintenance
* Child Support
* Financial Settlements
* Co-habitation

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men's Center receive a courtesy discount.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, Oct. 8, 7:00-9:00 pm

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.

This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.