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Boys to Men - CPD online course

This programme aims to bring together a range of individuals with a passion to make life better for young men


This is a four-week, self-paced online course.  Access to the materials is given on day one of the course.  There is one, live session of 120 minutes in week 3 of the course: The live session will be taking place on Thursday 10th March, 2-4pm.  Further details will be given to participants after course commencement.

Developing resilience and leadership in young men

Around the world, young men are struggling.  Academically, in relationships and sexually, boys and young men are struggling to navigate in a world where the phrase ‘be a man’ is often a scary statement.  What does it truly mean? 

Despite falling statistics in the UK and around the world, murder and serious violence continue to be an issue and levels of domestic abuse and sexual violence continue to rise. Furthermore, the numbers of drug-related deaths and deaths by suicide are also increasing among young men.  When we closely examine these issues, it is evident that boys and men play a major part in these statistics. 

We need to stop and think about what’s going on with boys and men around the world. Why are young men most at risk of being both victims and perpetrators of violence?  Why are they most at risk of dying by suicide?  We need to consider how we could better help boys and men strive to be the best they can be as well as supporting wider communities to become safer environments for all. 

The ‘Boys to Men’ CPD Programme, now delivered online, aims to bring together a range of individuals with a passion to make it better for young men.  By providing insight into the topics mentioned above, this course equips participants with the confidence and the tools to work more effectively with boys and young men. 


The programme will be jointly delivered by Professor Ross Deuchar from the University of the West of Scotland and Graham Goulden, Cultivating Minds UK, a former Chief Inspector with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.  View Graham's introductory video here.

By the end of the course, individuals will able to be:

  • Discuss the challenges facing boys and young men in the UK and around the world, including the impact of childhood adversity.

  • Explore and examine some of the dominant male stereotypes in society.  Describe the ways that we can make life better for boys.

  • Discuss the outcomes they would like for boys and men to better equip them to deal with the challenges they face.

  • Develop a stronger awareness and a range of tools and activities to better engage young men in discussing and reflecting on issues of masculinity.


This is a blended learning course, combining online (self-paced) study and each participant will attend a 120 minute interactive online session that will be hosted on a video call platform (for example, Zoom, Teams or Webex).  We would recommend use of a laptop or iPad for the course (rather than mobile phone).

The programme combines self-paced study through our dedicated online materials with a live session delivered by Ross and Graham.  Access to online materials will be made available before the live session takes place.  The live session will take place 2 to 3 weeks after the allocation of the online pack.  Dates will be sent out at the start of course

This means participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with both Ross and Graham, as well as peers.  Materials and pre-reading will be delivered to participants prior to the first session.  

The course content will also be accessible online after the course has been delivered, allowing participants to revisit the learning materials in order to consolidate their learning.

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