X was referred to work with the Hampton Trust back in December 18, where he was invited to attend an assessment to go onto the ADAPT programme.
From the offset X was agitated with the referral. He was accepted at the assessment and agreed to work on the programme. For the first few months, X did not want to contribute to the content that was being delivered and his engagement and understanding was questionable. It was very clear from the offset that he did not want to be there.
However, there was a turning point for X and this was on Module C, where we look at Emotional Abuse. X started to engage with what was being delivered. He soon became one of the key members and leads within the group work programme, from this point onwards.
The facilitators could rely on X, to make meaningful connections to the content that was being delivered and his commitment to the work, became overwhelming, in that there was such a shift in focus. X continued to be one of the key members of the group- challenging other men and guiding them through their journey of change, just as he had done for himself.
We referred X onto Jack from Baseline, as there were other areas that needed to be looked at, in his life to build upon his protective factors and to maintain the path of change that X was on.
X finished the programme recently, after agreeing to sit in on the first two modules again that he had at first been resistant to. In X’s own words, here is how he experienced the work that was delivered and support offered to him:
A testimony from X
I was referred to The Hampton Trust during a very acrimonious custody battle. Initially, I believed that I should not be there and it was all a waste of time. Through Group work and thought-provoking real world exercises, I came to the realisation that my prior behaviours had been detrimental to my former partner and had a negative impact on my son. This was difficult for a ‘Man’ to accept. With the confidential, non-judgemental support and expertise provided by the group leaders, I was able to take a long hard look at myself and start addressing the issues that I can control. During this period of self-examination it became clear that there were other issues in my life that had overwhelmed me and urgently needed to be addressed.
Fortunately, The Hampton Trust facilitated extra support which included counselling and access to an external outreach practitioner. This has been the turning point for me. Out of a seemingly intractable situation, I am now in the position of steadily rebuilding my life and starting a whole new chapter. This positive outcome could have been very different. I am indebted to The Hampton Trust & their affiliates for helping me get back on an even keel and the incredible (on-going) support, guidance and wisdom!
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