The Relational Mind of Men:  

Understanding the Man Code and Engaging the Relational Minds of Men

One Day Training for Professionals

Friday, August 22, 2014,  9-5

Meeting Location:

CenterPoint Counseling

7700 N. Meridian St, Indpls, IN 46260

Cost:  $157

This one day course is designed for professionals who have experienced frustration counseling a man who is out of touch with his feelings, an intimidating man with a short fuse, or a depressed or passive man who stonewalls efforts to facilitate connection with his partner.

Men can be a real challenge in relationships.  From birth, men are trained to work, compete, win, be right, and at all costs, avoid the Big Three: feelings of inadequacy, failure and shame.  The Big Three drive the anger and rage that men often do express, damaging families and relationships.  The communication biases and assumptions of the counseling and therapy profession can highlight men’s weaknesses, and therefore increase anxiety and resistance to personal change. 

Join Robert Patterson and Sulaiman Nuriddin for a real life experience of men’s community and how to engage men in personal growth, the change process, and serving the needs of their families and intimate relationships. 

Course Objectives:

  • Apply a skill set to help improve men's relational choices.
  • Utilize sentence stems, structured exercises, and challenges to help men better communicate feelings and needs in relationship.
  • Explain and outline the relational styles of men.
  • State the rationale for men's community as a key component in the change process. 
  • Demonstrate and experience the Clearing For Men Group Process. 

A Man's Way to Bring Balance Back to Your Life

One Day Event for Men

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9-4

Meeting Location:

CenterPoint Counseling

7700 N. Meridian St, Indpls, IN 46260

Cost:  $87

Feeling the weight of the world?

We can help you LIGHTEN THE LOAD.

There is now a “man’s way” to deal
with the burden you feel from work,
family demands, finances and tight
schedules. Come to the one day
Clearing For Men and you will find
comfort and relief from our program,
which has benefited hundreds of
men just like you.

A man’s way to bring balance back in your life.

The one-day Clearing for Men is a unique, proven approach to helping you deal with the load you have. Join in the discussions,or simply observe. The choice is yours. In either case, you will benefit from the experience.

The Clearing for Men is for you if:

  • You want to get some enthusiasm back in your life.
  • You want someplace where you can relax and talk.
  • Your primary relationship is in a rut.
  • Your fuse is short, and little irritants are really starting to matter.

What men are saying about

The Clearing

“The Clearing is unique in that it encourages men to reach into themselves.”

“The Clearing is a place of trust; discussions and sharing are conducted in an atmosphere of respect.”

“The Clearing has brought me out of my shell, and I have begun to call people and connect myself with the community. This is significant for me.”

“The Clearing has put me on a good path towards being a better person for myself and for others on a day to day basis.”

Your leaders for this event: Robert Patterson and Sulaiman Nuridden


For twenty years Mr. Patterson has served as a consultant/training specialist for major corporations, government agencies, universities, churches and national political groups.  He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University and is licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia.  Before beginning his private consulting practice Bob was a Vice President in the Atlanta regional office of Drake Beam Morin Inc., an internationally recognized leader in Human Resource consulting.  In this position he led the Management Consulting practice area as well as the Senior Executive Career Counseling Program. 

Prior to joining Drake Beam Morin, he was a Senior Staff Consultant with O.D. Resources Inc., an Atlanta based firm specializing in providing training and consulting support to companies implementing major organizational change. 

Mr. Patterson has been published nationally in Training Magazine.   Counseling and Coaching since 1989, Bob’s consulting and training specialties include implementing programs to:                    

  • increase personal power and effectiveness. 

  • facilitate partnering among interdependent contributors.                 

  • manage interpersonal and intergroup conflict.                  

  • build effective work teams.                  

  • manage the human aspects of major organizational change.     

He is married to Wendy Palmer Patterson, M.S.W., has two adult children, and Georgia has been his home for 30 years.  Wendy and Bob are also nationally known for their couples workshop “Getting the Love You Want: a seminar for couples”, based on the New York Times best seller by Dr. Harville Hendrix.  

Past client organizations include:  Allied Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation,  AT&T,  CNN, BellSouth, Scientific Atlanta, Robert Sillman Associates, Pool Management Group, CARE International, Carreker Antinori Inc,  Steffian Bradley Associates,  Robert Silman Associates, University of Georgia, OSHA, Exxon, Coca-Cola Company, GA. Dept. of Natural Resources, Rockwell International, Schlumberger, Costing Services Corporation, EXARC Industries, Lulabelle’s Gourmet Cookies, Management Recruiters International and others.

SULAIMAN NURIDDIN, M.Ed., Director of Men’s Education

Sulaiman Nuriddin holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He began working with Men Stopping Violence in 1987, and currently oversees men’s educational interventions for MSV.

Mr. Nuriddin works closely with the DeKalb County (Ga.) court system, intervening with men who have been arrested for domestic violence. He co-instructs ongoing classes for convicted and self-referred men and has been instrumental in planning effective interventions with men of color who batter.

He has conducted training for such organizations as 100 Black Men, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Institute of Domestic Violence in the African-American Community, the Black Church in Domestic Violence Institute, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He also has led trainings at University of NC, Oakwood University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman colleges. Additionally, Mr. Nuriddin has conducted trainings for the National Council of Churches, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, the National Basketball Association Summer Youth Program, the Atlanta Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Justice, for which he has also served as a consultant for MEE (Motivational Educational Entertainment), The Vera Institute of Justice, and The National Men’s Network to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Internationally, he has co-led a training initiative in Great Britain, and in Puerto Rico.

He has participated in discussion groups regarding domestic violence with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In 2010, Mr. Nuriddin traveled to Morocco as part of a delegation to evaluate that country’s efforts to end domestic violence.

Sulaiman is married to Myra Tillotson, and together they have a private practice working with couples, individuals and groups. Both Myra and Sulaiman are trained and certified in Imago Therapy and use the concepts and principals in their practice and work.

Sulaiman and Bob Patterson started the Clearing for men (a support group) in 2003.

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