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Step by Step in the Right DirectionJuly 30 2004
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The Amherst Wilder Foundation publishers some kinds of books that are difficult to think about. This one, by David J. Mathews, is one of those in that it would not exist if some men did not harm their wives and families through violent acts of hostility and anger in the home. But this book is truly a step in the right direction and invaluable in working with men who live in a heterosexual relationship and have abused a partner. The book is a work book to accompany a course produced by the Foundation but is intended to stand alone as a model for your own community's program whether you're just starting or revising an existing model.
Mathews text is well organized and written in a conversational voice that is engaging and interesting. It's surprisingly all-inclusive programatically- from determining who to include as a participant and how to select and train a facilitator to instructions for a final review. I enjoyed the author's perspective that there is no magic solution and everything in this book can be adapted to suit your specific needs, personalities and philosophies.
The topics to address and the how to's for them leave nothing out, in fact, one gets the feeling in readng this book that a savvy and dedicated rookie might be quite successful by this model.
If anything is left out, it's the business and administrative side of creating a men's program: there is no discussion of marketing, fees, how to find funding or evaluate the success of your whole program. If you seek other info sources about the business aspects and focus on the program itself and the good it can do, you will find this guide to be the only one you need.