Published : Friday, March 22, 2019 | 2:46 PM
There are many different ways to be a man. Acknowledging this provides an opportunity for everyone (all genders) to be respected for who they are and, in turn, give respect to others. Starting from childhood, boys learn gendered expectations, rules for how they are supposed to be and act in the world. Men are often called out for behavior that doesn’t match society’s definition of manhood. It might take the form of name calling or aggression against them. This can later lead to some men acting in ways that are disrespectful or aggressive. The recent #MeToo movement is an indicator of the prevalence of gender-based harm and the need to increase awareness and education about healthy masculinity and healthy relationships.
There is a unique opportunity at an all-boys school to help boys become healthy men. Over the last couple of years, St. Francis High School have engaged some students in the Live Respect program which coaches healthy manhood and is a part of the national organization, A Call To Men. Last year, the school also had an amazing guest speaker at Teen Wellness Day, who spoke on the same topic. SFHS is excited to bring back Dr. Broderick Leaks for its next Parent Education Speaker Series.
Dr. Broderick Leaks is a licensed psychologist and the Director of USC Student Counseling Services. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor at USC and teaches a freshman seminar primarily for student athletes which focuses on identity development, leadership skills and the impact of culture on identity and self-image. He did his undergraduate work at Baylor University and then earned his Master’s degrees in Theology and Psychology and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He, along with his wife and their amazing son Maxwell, live on campus at USC, as he also serves as a Faculty in Residence.
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