Online Meaning-Centered Men’s Group
I am writing to tell you about a voluntary program that will be offered to male Veterans and First-Responders (VFR), 50 years of age or older, who are facing a key career transition.
Meaning-Centered Men’s Groups (MCMG) were designed to help promote well-being and prevent the development of psychological difficulties. These groups have already shown promise with men over the age of 55 who were concerned about or struggling with the transition to retirement; we now plan to evaluate them with VFR in career transition.
This study is being funded by Movember, and will involve men who have transitioned out of the military or from a police, fire, or emergency medical service in the past 2 years, or anticipate doing so within the next few years.
I am hoping that you might be willing to pass along information about our research study to male VFR, who are 50 years or older, reside in Ontario, and are facing such a career transition.
Those who wish to participate would be invited to take part in a 45-75 minute research interview to determine their eligibility for this study. Those eligible would then be invited to participate in a 12-week course of 90-120-minute group sessions with 10-12 men, and 2-3 facilitators. They may also be asked to complete up to 5 additional research interviews lasting 60-90 minutes each over the coming year to evaluate the groups. Participants initially assigned to join a Wait-List will be given the opportunity to join a future men’s group, after completion of post- group assessments. Participation is completely voluntary.
All study assessments and initial courses of MCMG groups will be offered online/virtually. Laptops may be made available to those who don’t have one. Depending on the state of the pandemic, and as pandemic-related public health restrictions lessen, we may offer future group sessions in-person.
Please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions or concerns about this study or would like to discuss it further. If you know someone who you feel might be appropriate for this study, please feel free to provide them with my contact information or contact me yourself.
With sincere thanks for your consideration.
Dr. Marnin J. Heisel, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Departments of Psychiatry and of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry,
The University of Western Ontario
Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute,
Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building
550 Wellington Road, Office #F4-365, London, Ontario, N6C-0A7 Phone: (519) 685-8500, ext. 75981