‘Boys to Men’ explores myths, challenges facing young males today
Gloucester Daily Times (Gloucester, MA)
May 7, 2007
Wellspring Cape Ann Families in Gloucester, MA recently hosted a forum entitled “Boys to Men: Myths, Culture and Connections” to discuss challenges boys face and ways to nurture their development. Wellspring has adopted the Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) model developed at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women, which proposes that all people grow psychologically in connection with others. Applying RCT to boys’ development means teaching boys that empathy, compassion, and good communication skills are important and that expressing emotions is acceptable. If boys learn these skills at a young age, Wellspring believes they will be less likely to adopt violent behaviors and more likely to learn to be leaders and take responsibility for their actions.
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