The Time Out! series consists of separate interventions for leading women-only and men-only workshops that address the sensitive topics of relationships, sexuality, and intimacy. Time Out! For Men was developed as a companion piece to the Time Out! For Me curriculum for women. It provides substance abuse counselors or case workers with guidelines for leading an 8-session workshop for men who are interested in improving their intimate relationships. Communication skills, self-esteem, sexual health, and conflict resolution skills are presented as a foundation for helping men find solutions to relationship difficulties. In addition, men are encouraged to explore gender stereotypes, sexual myths, and societal pressures on men and women. A reference section on human sexuality, a resource directory, and handout materials for participants also are included. The following topics are included:
- A new outlook on relationships
- An assertive attitude
- Talk it over: Feelings and needs
- Talk it over: Conflict resolution
- Man talk: It’s more than plumbing
- Loving relationships
- Making relationships work
This intervention was developed as part of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Grant DA06162-06A1, Improving Drug Abuse Treatment Assessment and Research (DATAR-Phase 2).
Recommended Citation: Bartholomew, N. G., & Simpson, D. D. (1996). Time Out! For Men: A communication skills & sexuality workshop for men. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University, Institute of Behavioral Research.
A recently completed study suggested that participation in the Time Out! For Men workshop resulted in significant increases in knowledge and social conformity and reductions in attitudes associated with rigid socialization and gender role conflict.
Bartholomew, N. G., Hiller, M. L., Knight, K., Nucatola, D. C., & Simpson, D. D. (2000). Effectiveness of communication and relationship skills training for men in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 18(3), 217-225. [Abstract]
Bartholomew, N. G., Chatham, L. R., & Simpson, D. D. (April, 2000). DATAR counseling manuals: An overview of structured interventions for improving treatment retention and participation. Poster presented at the American Methadone Treatment Association (AMTA) Conference,
San Francisco, CA.
Simpson, D. D., Joe, G. W., Dansereau, D. F., & Chatham, L. R. (1997). Strategies for improving methadone treatment process and outcomes. Journal of Drug Issues, 27(2), 239-260. [Abstract]