Uncovering Masculinity Program consists of a Keynote Seminar followed by small group workshops to consolidate the teachings. Led by Scott Toohey, who has been an Australian teacher and performing arts specialist for over 30 years.
Known affectionately by his students as Mr T, Scott began developing the program in 2010. Over his years of teaching, he observed a critical gap between recognition for achievement and our children's emotional wellbeing. The fundamental skills of emotional resilience and recognising healthy male behaviour and attitude were neither taught nor prioritised.
Today, the impact of social media, magazines and idealistic role modelling has a profound influence on one's identity. Through learning to value who they are, boys can emerge less affected by the false ideals and imposed characteristics of what it means to be a man.
Scott draws on his expertise to customise the programs to the dynamics of each individual group so each boy feels important and engaged. Activities such as improvisation, storytelling, drama and performance, listening and script work become the vehicle of self-discovery and acceptance - an important step toward becoming emotional intelligent young men.
As a strong male role model and teacher, Scott helps the young men of today feel 'whole' in their masculinity rather than fragmented and confused. One of his unique talents is the ability to hold a safe space for students to process emotion and understand it is okay.
Scott went to an all-boy's private school in the 1970's with the motto: Virile Agitur, which translates as 'the Manful thing is being done'. Sporting and academic achievement was valued over being true to oneself.
Doing the 'Manful thing' was the object for every boy, yet no-one explained or modelled what that actually meant. He struggled to develop a solid sense of self, so he presented the man that he believed other people wanted.
Scott's need for a male role model took him on a journey, which at times was quite painful. Over years of learning through trial and error and stripping back layers through studying the work of Steve Biddulph and being mentored, he came to understand the value of masculinity and what that meant to him.
From decades of teaching, he has seen the genuine need for society to have these discussions. It is critical to provide a healthy rite of passage for boys, so they too can become positive role models for their own sons one day. It is a ripple effect of gradual improvement.
Uncovering Masculinity is a preventative mentoring program to teach boys how to express their emotions, develop self-esteem, play within healthy boundaries and learn to value themselves and others.
This program is currently only available for boys aged 12-16 years as an extra-curricular activity through secondary schools.
However, small group workshops may be organised with a minimum of 10 participants. To register your interest for a non-school program, please email Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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