Our Vision

The MRC envisions all men having the necessary assistance and ability to address the challenges they experience related to being male in today’s world. Boys and men throughout the Philadelphia region should have the effective capacity to access support from their families, friends, and communities. Affirming men’s goodness enhances their positive self-esteem and furthers their ability to pursue emotionally close relationships with their friends, partners, and children. We support this in an atmosphere of safety, and without isolation, violence, or self-harm. We envision a community that acknowledges and embraces a range of masculinities (ways of being male), sexualities, and gender expressions. Finally, the MRC strives to be a place where men of all ages have access to high quality services to help them grow and live to their full potential.

Mission Statement

The Men’s Resource Center (MRC) is dedicated to helping men address the current challenges in their lives and relationships. We provide support for creating positive change for men of all ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Programs

The MRC provides a range of services including:

  • Individual, couple, and family counseling
  • Individual and group anger management and violence-ending programs.
  • Support groups to build new connections and close, healthy relationships with other men
  • Educational programs and advocacy on topics such as men’s health, fathering, sexuality, and relationships
  • Programs for parents and caretakers who are raising boys
  • Training for professionals working with men and boys

Collaboration

The MRC is committed to providing services collaboratively with other agencies and organizations. We invite other professionals and community organizations who share our vision and mission co-develop programs and services with us.

Leadership

Robert Heasley, PhD, LMFT
Individual, Couples & Family Therapy

Robert is a psychotherapist in private practice as well as adjunct professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has a strong interest in MRC expanding its reach in the community to address a range of issues in the lives of men and boys as well their families.

Robert’s work with men over the years has focused on concerns about intimacy, sexuality, sexual identity, commitment, and communications. He works with men on such topics as childhood trauma, struggles regarding careers, parenting and friendships as well as masculinity.  His with couples has focused on issues concerning relationship disenchantment, affairs, divorce, anger, children, and change in general in a couple’s life. Robert’s research and publications focus on men and the effects of expectations on men’s lives.

 

 

Brother Robb Carter, MSW
Co-Director and Clinical Coordinator, Anger Management and Domestic Violence Programs

Brother Robb began his professional career working at Thomas Jefferson Community Mental Health Center (later to become CATCH, Inc.).  After a decade of employment within the community mental health system, he transitioned to the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital primarily with very distressed youth and adults, Brother Robb focused on utilizing therapeutic games as intervention strategies for behavioral change. In the early nineties, he began counseling men and youth working to eliminate abusive behavior in their relationships.

Brother Robb feels that abuse and exploitation are too often a major part of our culture; consequently, abuse occurs in relationships particularly within communities where there is a high level of violence.  He is aware that abusive behavior is learned, noting that “Hurt people, hurt people.” With therapeutic assistance, the cycle of hurting will end.

As a part time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and Graduate School of Education Brother Robb’s research centers on healing from racial trauma; understanding white supremacy /racism; and teaching African and African-American history and culture. He is also a performance artist and life-time board member of Women Organized Against Rape.

 

Board of Directors

Rob Garfield:  Dr Rob Garfield is a psychotherapist and clinical professor who teaches family therapy in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of “Breaking the Male Code:  Unlocking the Power of Friendship” (New York: PenguinRandomHouse, 2015).

John Taylor:  John G. Taylor, MACC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA.  He works with individuals, couples and families that are dealing with anxiety, suicidal ideations, and sexual identity.  He is the co-author of the book; A Pocket Guide For Young Men Without Men Without Fathers to be released June 2017.

John has spent many years in the Criminal Justice System working with men that abuse their intimate partners and he is passionate about educational and counseling initiatives that help men with their depression, marital conflicts, anger, sexuality and life transitions.

Lyn Groome:  Lyn Groome is a psychotherapist working with couples and individuals. Lyn brings years of experience in working with organizations and serving on non-profit boards. She has an interest in developing services and addressing the needs of men and boys in the Philadelphia region.

Alex Bove:  Alex Bove teaches at Community College of Philadelphia and is a Ph.D candidate in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University.  In addition to researching Men & Masculinities, Alex also curates Talk Like a Man, a social media project designed to foster an ongoing conversation about masculinity in the 21st Century.

Trevor Evans:  Trevor Evans is a licensed clinical social worker with 35 years of experience in social service and academic settings.  He has extensive experience in addiction, curriculum development, teaching and clinical practice.  Currently, he works for DGR Behavioral Health, working with males across the life cycle, couples, and families.  Specialize in areas of anxiety, depression, PTSD and ADHD.

Bill Muth:  Bill Muth is the Owner of Upper Darby Hardware Co. Inc.  His wish is to combine the knowledge of his past participation in MRC programs for abusers with the wisdom of his education and redemption.  He is currently a strong advocate for men and women dealing with relational problems.