191402 Coaching boys into men: Inspiring coaches to embrace their role in violence prevention

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:50 PM

Feroz Moideen , Family Violence Prevention Fund, San Francisco, CA
Men – as fathers, brothers, coaches, teachers, uncles and mentors – are in a unique position to prevent domestic violence through action and conversation.The Family Violence Prevention Fund's (FVPF) Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) campaign's core goal is to inspire men to teach boys to respect women and that violence never equals strength.

The hallmark of the program, the Coaching Boys into Men Playbook, uses “coaching” as a metaphor to both engage athletic coaches, and help them to realize the part they play in molding the attitudes and behaviors of their players. Addressing issues of respect, integrity, and non-violence, the Playbook provides “teach-easy” tactics and teachable moments that illustrate the ways coaches can role model and promote healthy choices and relationships amongst their youth. Currently, FVPF is launching a CBIM training program within public high schools for the purpose of conducting a formal evaluation. The new training program, which has expanded upon the principles highlighted in the Playbook, will take a more proactive approach to addressing the issue of violence. Expanding upon teachable moments, coaches will hold weekly conversations about topics ranging from personal responsibility, to disrepectful behavior, to relationship abuse. Following the conclusion of the evaluation, the program will be optimized and prepared for replication as a potential promising practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify non-traditional models of domestic violence prevention that involve men and boys. 2. Adapt strategies from national campaigns that utilize men in violence prevention to better fit their own demographic.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the Coaching Boys into Men program at the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.