The Men’s Workshop is an in-person prevention program for undergraduate men that includes norms correction, a discussion of consent, and a bystander intervention component.
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The workshop includes: a review of key definitions; guided discussions designed to facilitate empathy by focusing on the debunking of rape myths; guided discussions that allow men to vocalize frustrations with normative gender scripts; and, an interactive exercise that demonstrates bystander behavior.
Two sessions, separated by an interval of approximately 4 months. The first is 1 ½ hours long and the booster is 1 hour long.
Though Dr. Berkowitz can offer the program in this form, he usually helps schools create an adapted version (in content and/or length) that fits their campus climate.
The Men’s Workshop is authored by Alan Berkowitz and much of the theoretical basis for the program is based off his own research on sexual assault and perpetration. He uses uses an integrated model of sexual assault that posits that the conditions that would support an act of perpetration are impacted a by a perpetrator’s attitudes, beliefs, socialization, and peer relationships. The program relies heavily on social norms theory and research on the efficacy of bystander intervention.
The Men’s Workshop has undergone three evaluation studies, one of which was published in a peer-reviewed journal using an experimental study design with a control group. The evaluation demonstrated significant decreases in: association with sexually aggressive peers; identification of sexual assault; and participation in sexually aggressive behavior. Non-significant effects were found for likelihood of intervention, willingness to support rape prevention, rape myth acceptance, accuracy of other men's perceptions of behavior.
This program has a significant evidence base and strong theoretical underpinnings. Because it’s intended for all-male groups only, it not appropriate for campus-wide distribution. For that reason - and because a critical component of the program theory specifies that it be administered in peer groups - this may be an excellent option for male athletic teams and fraternities.
A number of other programs have been developed that integrate normative feedback and bystander intervention, basing themselves on Dr. Berkowitz' "Men's Workshop" including: 1) Real Consent, which he is an author of , 2) EverFi's Sexual Assault Prevention Suite, for which he was a consultant, and 3) an adaptation that is designed for high-risk drinking men that is under development by Dr. Lindsay Orchowski at Brown University with funding from NIH, with Dr. Berkowitz as a consultant for the project
To access the curriculum and protocol for the Men’s Workshop, contact Dr. Alan Berkowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Berkowitz can also help develop a tailored program based off the Men’s Workshop curriculum.
Gidycz, C.A., Orchowski, L.M., & Berkowitz, A.D. (2011). Preventing Sexual Aggression Among College Men: An Evaluation of Social Norms and Bystander Intervention Program. Violence Against Women, 17(6), 720-742. doi: 10.1177/1077801211409727