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Heartland Men's Conference | Men and mission for the millennium | What's a man to do?

HMC Home 2000
HMC Home 98

First Annual Heartland Men's Conference

Men & Mission for the millennium:
What's a Man to Do?

November 14 &15, 1998
Pre-Conference Event: November 13

Days Inn Conference Center
I-70 and Stadium Blvd.
Columbia, MO

Keynote Addresses:

Saturday, Nov. 14

Robert Bly
Where Are Men Now-1998

John Lee
How Well Am I Loving?: The Way Adult Men and Women Are in Relationships

Sunday, Nov. 15

Robert Moore
From Prison to Community: Our Challenge as Men

Bill Kauth
A Vision for the Future of The Mankind Project: Empowering Men to Develop Mission and Purpose in Their Lives

Workshops by the Keynote Speakers:

John Lee
Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately

Dr. Robert Moore
Accessing Masculine Archetypes: The King, Warrior, Magician, Lover Within

Robert Bly
Marriage and Lovemaking

Bill Kauth
Creating a Compassionate Civilization: Empowering a Balance of Spirit and Soul

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Conference Agenda

Saturday, Nov 14

8:00 am


9:00 am

General Session

Welcome: Patrick Kane

Introduction: John Lee

Keynote Address
Robert Bly

Where Are Men Now: 1998

10:30 am


10:45 am -12:15 pm

Concurrent Workshops

A. Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately
John Lee

An active, experiential and lively session based on John's book, Facing the Fire.

B. Marriage is A Journey
Muriel Battle & Eliot Battle

Interact with this special couple, married for 48 years, whose shared passion for life has created new adventures past retirement, including a consulting firm writing & dancing!

C. Your Personal Spiritual History
Jeff Belden

This interactive workshop will help participants clarify and articulate their personal spiritual journey.

D. Computers: Connection or Isolation?
Larry Kreuger

As the computer clock moves closer to the new millennium, this workshop explores the relationship between hypertechnology and social relationships.

12:20 pm


1:00 pm

General Session

Keynote Address
John Lee

How Well Am I Loving?
The Way Adult Men and Women Are in Relationships

1:45 pm


2:00-3:30 pm

Concurrent Workshops

A. Marriage and Lovemaking
Robert Bly

Interact with this social activist, poet, and partner in a relationship workshop.

B. Anger Healing: Using the Gift
Jerry Medol

Join the creator of the Passive Assertive Framework (PAF) and learn to separate feelings from behavior. PAF teaches how to use anger to identify safety issues, to identify wants and to access other emotions.

C. Empowering Men's Work for Men Who Are Gay
Ed Smith

Learn and interact with a powerful leader from the ManKind Project about how doing men's work can empower a gay man to identify with the circle of all men while taking his place as a man who is gay.

D. Teachings of the Anisanabe Peace Shield
Sky Jimenez

Gather to learn how the teachings of the Peace Shield can be applied to one's personal growth and relationships.

3:30 pm


3:45-5:15 pm

Concurrent Workshops

A. A Letter to Young Black Men: You Won't Find Role Models on Street Corners
Eliot Battle

Listen to and interact with the wisdom and challenge of this teacher, educator and community leader in an overview of personal philosophy coupled with views of other Black leaders regarding positive development of young Black men.

B. The Toolbox: A Metaphor for Maximizing Your Gold
Chris Frey

Participate in an experiential process for replacing and adapting the life tools acquired in childhood. This is a time to inventory the gold you were born with, the power you have acquired and to update any rusted, heavy, broken tools that continue to block you emotionally and spiritually.

C. Touch for Health
Karen Kaupanger

Come learn simple Touch for Health tools to access the body's wisdom and create balance between the conscious (mind) and the unconscious (body). This is an experiential hands on workshop.

D. True Love Ways: Tools for Building, Strengthening and Energizing Your Current (or Future) Relationships
Patrick Kane & Pam Mauch

Learn and practice clean communication skills: separating observations from judgments, expressing feelings without regressing, asking for what you want, and giving and receiving empathy. These tools benefit all types of relationships!

5:15 pm


5:30-6:30 pm

Concurrent Workshops

A. Centering
Wiley Miller

Explore and practice several approaches to stress awareness and stress reduction, such as meditation and guided imagery. A chance to learn with a safe guide and a soothing voice.

B. Tai Chi
Louise Flenner

The practice of tai chi is movement meditation that helps improve balance and concentration along with producing a relaxation response. Join in and learn a short form of simple relaxing tai chi movements.

C. The Art of Breathing & Imagery for Relaxation and Energy
Mandy Manderino

Come listen and learn from a peacefully powerful voice in this group experience. A variety of breathing techniques will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced.

D. A Passion for Drumming
John Markovitz

Bring your drum or percussion instrument and join him in a celebration of rhythm. No experience necessary.

6:30 pm

Free Evening Time

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Sunday, Nov 15

8:00 am


8:45 am

General Session

9:00 am

Keynote Address
Robert Moore

From Prison to Community: Our Challenge As Men

9:45 am


10:00-11:45 am

Concurrent Workshops

A. Creating a Compassionate Civilization: Empowering a Balance of Spirit and Soul
Bill Kauth

Join this creative visionary in a workshop journey.

B. Reclaiming Boys Lives: Developing Boy Scout Troops for Boys in Detention and Residential Treatment
Richard Sanderson

Join this Scouting leader in learning how youth in trouble have benefited from the Boy Scouts community. A discussion and video presentation illustrate how the dream of one man resulted in new options for youth in Kansas City and Springfield, MO, creating a pioneer outreach program within the Boy Scouts of America.

C. Recovery and Male Spirituality
Jim Howard

This process is designed for men recovering from the wounds of addiction and childhood trauma. Areas included in this experiential workshop: circle of men, spiritual wounds and "What's At Risk".

D. Zen and the Art of Writing Country Music: Finding and Nurturing Your Creative Spirit
Tom Schreiber

This workshop is for men and women who are interested in using their innate creative force to enhance their lives. The workshop is based on the premise that given a supportive environment: Reflection + Action = Creativity

11:45 am


12:30 pm

Keynote Address
Bill Kauth

A Vision for the Future of The ManKind Project: Empowering Men to Develop Mission and Purpose in Their Lives

1:15 pm


1:30-3:00 pm

Concurrent Workshops

A. Accessing Masculine Archetypes: The King, Warrior, Magician Lover Within
Robert Moore

Join this powerful guide on the journey to an integrated mature masculine self.

B. Head, Heart and Soul
Sean O'dell

This is an interactive workshop where participants examine life events and learn how these events separate us from others. Learn to reclaim the joy and magic of life through reconnection with ourselves and others by journeying inward.

C. BRAVO: A Peer Support Group
Bob Dupuis

Join this men's work veteran in discussing and learning about BRAVO - a group that has been in existence for 15 years for men who batter.

D. Impact Model Mugging
Michael DiBenedetto & Beth Berkshire

Impact Model Mugging is a full contact padded assailant self-defense course for men women and children. Come join in a demonstration of this powerful program with two certified instructors.

E. Daughters, Nieces, and Granddaughters: What Girls and Young Women Need from Men in Their Lives
Pam Mauch

Listen to a variety of female voices and learn what a powerful gift the presence of a healthy man can be in the life of a girl growing into a woman.

3:15-3:45 pm

Good-bye Ritual

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Workshop Presenters


Eliot Battle, M.Ed. is a retired administrator of the Columbia, MO Public Schools and the former Special Assistant to the President of Columbia College. Currently he and his wife Muriel are owners of The Battle Group a consultation service providing training and seminars for businesses and schools on issues of diversity, education, and multiculturalism. He is also the author of A Letter to Young Black Men.

Muriel Battle, Ed. D. is a retired Associate Superintendent for the Columbia, MO Public Schools, an Adjunct Professor for the Honors College at the Univ. of MO and co-owner, with her husband Eliot of The Battle Group, a consultation service dedicated to training others about diversity.

Jeff Belden, M. D. is a family practice physician with the group Family Health Care in Columbia, MO. Jeff has special interests in geriatrics, chronic pain, headaches, spirituality in medicine and in promoting physician well-being and self-care.

Beth Berkshire is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the Univ. of Mo. and a certified Model Mugging instructor.

Michael DiBenedetto, LPC is a therapist in private practice in Columbia, MO and a certified Model Mugging instructor.

Bob Dupuis is a seasoned men's work veteran sharing his empowerment in recovery work with other men. He leads BRAVO, a group dedicated to helping men end their violence.

Chris Frey, LCSW is a psychotherapist, retreat leader and poet from St. Louis, MO. A recognized men's work leader in the Midwest, Chris is the author of three books including Men at Work: An Action Guide to Masculine Healing.

Louise Flenner, ACSW, LCSW is a social worker, therapist and one of the creators of Complementary Therapies of Columbia, MO. Her practice specializes in using hypnosis, tai chi, expressive therapy, meditation, relaxation training as well as traditional counseling techniques.

Jim Howard, LPC is an Elder and leader in the St. Louis-Columbia Men's Community. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience in experiential healing, addictions, men's issues and codependency. Jim is a frequent presenter to professional and lay audiences.

Sky Jimenez, M.S. is a counselor of young children in Columbia, MO. Of Okla-Chickasaw heritage, Sky is a student of the Anisanabe Peace Shield.

Patrick Kane, LCSW, DCSW is a therapist in private practice in Columbia, MO who provides counseling and psychotherapy for men, women, couples, families and groups. Currently facilitating men's empowerment groups and retreats, Patrick also provides couples retreats and group consultation with his wife Pam Mauch, a psychologist. Patrick is an Adjunct Professor at The School of Social Work, Univ. MO.

Karen Kaupanger, is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Certified Touch for Health Instructor. Karen is the owner of The Swedish Massage Centre and has been in practice since 1978.

Larry Kreuger, Ph.D. is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Missouri School of Social Work.

Mandy Manderino, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice at the Center for Family and Individual Counseling in Columbia, MO.

John Markovitz, a nurse practitioner at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia, MO, has been having fun playing drums for the past 25 years. He has performed locally with the percussion ensemble Universal Drum Appeal.

Pam Mauch, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Columbia, MO who works with individuals, couples and groups. Since 1975 she has been a therapist and trainer focusing on women's issues including stopping violence against women, women's wellness and empowerment issues. With her husband social worker-therapist Patrick Kane, Pam also provides couples retreats and group consultations.

Jerry Medol is an activist, sociologist and educator who has been involved in men's work for thirty years. He is Director of Anger Alternatives Inc. in Kansas City, MO, the pro-male, non-shaming batterer intervention program in the U. S. Jerry is also the creator of the Passive Assertive Framework and the "Stoppit!" Program.

Wiley Miller, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Coordinator of the Stress Management and Biofeedback Clinic at the University of MO Counseling Center. He is also in private practice in Columbia.

Sean O'dell has been involved in men's work since 1993. He is a member of the ManKind Project and lives in Kansas City, MO

Richard Sanderson has been involved in the Boy Scouts for 51 years. For over 25 years he has been a scoutmaster. His passion for Scouting has brought him regional and national awards including the Silver Beaver. Now living in Springfield, MO he has pioneered the use of Scout Troops with boys in detention and residential treatment.

Tom Schreiber, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice in Columbia, MO. He is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.

Ed Smith is a Certified Co-leader for the New Warrior Training Adventure of the ManKind Project and a men's work leader in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Program Schedule for
Pre-Conference Event (for Men and Women)
.....Friday, November 13 from 7 to 10 pm
.....Days Inn Conference Center, Columbia, MO

Shifting Gears:
Leaving the Past and Living in the Present
John Lee

Step Into the Mystery of Relationships: Become More Adult, Find the Rhythm of Closeness in Your Relationship

John Lee's powerful presentation will provide you with information and skills to build and reenergize the important relationships in your life. John will show how one minute we are thinking and talking like an adult and the next minute we are reacting, regressing, and doing things that we will probably regret.

Learn that conflict can lead to emotional intimacy rather than emotional combat. Learn ways to keep family and relationship ghosts from haunting relationships.

John blends wisdom, humor, and compassion to show us ways to create healthier life-enhancing relationships.

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Date Last Modified: 2/20/2000

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