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BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: Engaging Boys in Counseling and Educational Contexts

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT October 12, 2012 Location: Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Room 226

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    Stephen Grant, LCSW, Howard Hiton, M.S., and Peter Mortola, Ph.D.

Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Room 226

Research has demonstrated that a significant number of boys are struggling with engagement: with their own emotions, within social relationships, and with meaningful progress in their own schooling. 

At the same time, many professionals in education and counseling are challenged with the ability to stay in good and helpful relational engagement with boys: with understanding both the social and biological influences on their development and with knowing how to connect with boys in ways that help them stay connected. 

Based on the BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring approach, this workshop challenges the adults who work with boys to see boys in new ways and provides the skills to mentor young men to be more interpersonally engaged within educational and counseling settings.

Participants will learn about the research that underlies the BAM! approach, practice the adventure-based activities and strategic storytelling methods used in BAM! groups, and leave prepared to effectively lead a BAM! group themselves. 

BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring, A Guidebook for Leading Strengths-Based Boys Groups (Routledge Press, 2008) is included in the workshop fee. 

Visit www.bamgroups.com for more information on BAM!

This day of training is for:
• Counselors
• Parents
• Mentors
• Coaches, and
• Others who want to gain insights and skills for working with boys.

Past participants are saying…

“Hands-on material is excellent!!  Great presenters.”

“We recently started a BAM! group here with our 7th grade boys.  It has been awesome!  I thought that this would be difficult since I am a woman. But, I have to say that in 10 years of running groups, this has been my favorite and most rewarding group experience.”

Workshop Details

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Instructors: Peter Mortola, Ph.D., Howard Hiton, M.S., and Stephen Grant, LCSW

Continuing education credit: CECP 845, .5 semester hour, $200

Noncredit or CEU: 7 hours, $150, $55 students*.

BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring, A Guidebook for Leading Strength-Based Boys Groups is included in the workshop fee.  *Students may purchase the book for $25.

Registration form (PDF)

  • To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

About the Instructors

Peter Mortola, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College; Howard Hiton, professional counselor in private practice; and Stephen Grant, social worker in private practice are the co-authors of BAM! and share a passion for boys’ issues. They have over forty years combined experience working with boys in counseling and school settings. Through this direct experience and extensive research, they created the BAM! guidebook, which challenges the adults who work with boys to see boys in new ways and mentor young men to be more interpersonally engaged. 

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