On Saturday after last Friday’s Gourmet Night, I cleaned up, had counseling sessions, cooked dinner for the shelter residents, and then took the night bus.

Sunday was a full day of sessions at Yoyogi from morning till night. In the mini-lecture, I explained about the corruption of the media in the US presidential election and the Corona mess. I also gave a brief overview of the financial capital that controls the government and corporations behind it, and the conspiracy theories that are derived from it… The truth and the darkness behind it that you can never find out from TV and newspapers alone… The truth is that we cannot protect our lives and health unless we understand the truth and the darkness behind it. But many people are not aware of this.

After the lecture, we did some work on “self-determination” and read a picture book together. After the workshop, we had three individual counseling sessions and then went to a accommodation in Yoyogi, where six men and six women chatted until midnight.

But I slept late into the morning… and had a comfortable morning. I was working on the materials for the Men’s counseling course…

From around 9:30, the fourth class of the Men’s counseling course started… The theme was about “Men’s therapy as a composite support.” In general, when it comes to interpersonal support, there is usually a separate support organization for each problem, such as a domestic violence specialist for domestic violence, a child protection service for children, psychiatry and counseling for mental health problems, judiciary for separation, and so on. They only deal with what they specialize in, and they don’t understand anything else. Therefore, not only is it very inefficient, but secondary damage often occurs, as clients are passed around, have to talk about the same thing many times, or are told that they don’t understand because they are not a specialist.

In order to prevent such a situation from happening, we need a system where we can talk to a single point of contact and they will understand everything and connect us to the appropriate support at once. This kind of support is called “one-stop support,” and in order to achieve this in men’s therapy, we have been building up the composite support structure with the aim of providing complex support. We are now in Ten-Sho-An to ensure even more diversity in our support.

In this way, I described how men’s therapy nowadays is a combination of composite support and restorative support.

After our talk, we did some role-playing training. Well, role-playing is interesting… When you do role-playing, you get to know the skills and character of the person. It is very important to do a lot of role-playing during the training in order to gain confidence.

After the role-playing, we had a few group workshops, chatted freely, and then broke up. I took the night bus again…

Originally posted on November 25, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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