July / August 2015 Newsletter
It is with great excitement that I am writing to you to tell you about our new 1in6 Online Support Group.
Thanks to a generous grant from The Ahmanson Foundation, 1in6 will launch our new curriculum-driven, therapist-moderated Online Support Group on September 1st.
The support group idea has been on the drawing board for several years now, having realized the need for a safe, moderated environment for men to be a part of a therapeutic/group community. Thanks to the cutting edge work of our partners at RAINN, the technology has become available, and with the sound therapeutic curriculum developed by our partners at 1in6 Canada, we will be able to launch this free service in September.
Men will be able to remain anonymous and participate in the group through this chat-based service. Each group can accommodate up to 8 participants, who will sign in using a screen name of their choosing. Once signed in, they can chat with other group members and a licensed therapist in real time. To protect the anonymity of each group member and to insure their safety, each chat is screened (synchronistically) by a gatekeeper who then pushes the chat in to the group for further comment and dialogue.
We will begin this free service in September, two sessions a week, and then plan to grow the service as needed to include more sessions each week with a specific focus on unique issues faced by men from a variety of communities, such as gay and bisexual men, transgender men, men of color, men with disabilities, faith communities, and partners of men.
Our Online Support Group is yet another example of our broadening of services through the use of technology, allowing us to serve men who might otherwise not have access to group therapy. Like the current 1in6 Online SupportLine, which exceeds budget each month, we expect this new, free service to very soon be used to capacity and beyond.
Sincere gratitude to The Ahmanson Foundation for their continued support of our important work.