Randy Flood, MA LLP is the co-founder of the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan and founder/ Director of its Grand Rapids office. He graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Psychology and earned his Master’s degree from the Counseling Psychology Program at Western Michigan University. After graduation, he worked for two years at the Domestic Violence Program for Men in Kalamazoo, Michigan, before leaving to found the Men’s Program at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Randy is the principal therapist in providing individual and group psychotherapy for men at the Men’s Resource Center at Fountain Hill, which he founded in 2000.
For nearly 20 years, Randy has been passionate about creating and developing specialized clinical services for men. He began by providing specialized evaluations and psycho-educational programs for men involved in the court system for behaviors such as domestic violence, generalized aggression, drunk driving, or sexual acting out. After becoming increasingly interested in male socialization and training, Randy began a life-long study to understand the unique experiences and challenges men face. He views his work with men as with a specialized population. Men grow up and experience life and relationships differently than women, hence the need for specialized clinical services that specifically embrace men as well as encourage personal growth.
Randy finds it a privilege to sit with individuals one-on-one and in groups while they share their pain, joy, fears, and passions. He believes it takes courage to remove one’s social mask and place oneself deeper into vulnerability. To leave the security of the familiar patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to seek new ways of living. The journey can be arduous and uncertain and is not a path easily traveled alone. But it is possible when a person feels understood and safe. We heal and grow when we emotionally and relationally stretch.
To that end, Randy continually evolves his practice in a way that provides clients the opportunity for healing and growth in a safe and secure environment. He believes that for men to change, the journey requires unique and specialized clinical services with stages. Individuals who come to the Men’s Resource Center for assistance are assessed and then assigned a program specifically designed to meet their needs. Specialized counseling programs encourage men to step into accountability and self-management in order to eventually develop a greater capacity for love, joy, and compassion.
Randy creates and designs anger management and fathering assistance programs, as well as programs for men who need help with issues such as domestic abuse and sex addiction. He has an ongoing consulting relationship with Paul and Ginny Hartman, local sex addiction specialists, offering intensive week-long workshops for individuals and couples. Most recently, he began working with therapist Al Heystek to provide trauma evaluation and therapy for survivors of traumatic experiences.
A Better Husband, Father, and Individual
Randy, you counsel my husband. I want to thank you for what you have done for my children and me. (My husband) was obviously not a willing participant in the beginning of all of this, and I knew his attendance was only to pacify me and prevent a divorce. Although I was skeptical of the effectiveness, I was hopeful. You continue to give him the tools needed to be a better husband, father, and individual. I hope you realize that you are making the world a much better place for each individual you counsel and their families.
Randy also provides Family Court-related clinical services, particularly in the context of divorce. He is sought out for his expertise in providing evaluations and counseling for individuals and families experiencing custody and parenting time problems. In particular, he provides clinical services where parental alienation, domestic abuse, sexual acting out, or substance abuse has been alleged or identified in families. He has had contractual relationships with Kalamazoo and Allegan counties’ Friend of the Court providing evaluation and counseling services and has also provided court-ordered evaluation and counseling for families in Kent and other surrounding counties. His guiding principle is to be an impartial and truth-seeking evaluator. He aspires to serve the best interests of the children in Custody and Parenting Time disputes and to approach evaluations with multiple hypotheses, pursuing important information from various data sources. Rather than approach an evaluation with a confirmatory bias, he works to have the data inform his conclusions and recommendations.
In addition to his clinical work at the Men’s Resource Center, Randy offers consultation services, staff training, and workshops for schools, churches, and counseling agencies on issues related to working with men and boys. He also conducts men’s retreats related to fathering, men’s development and identity, and relationships.
Co-author of Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior, one of the field’s leading anger management books, Randy continues to write articles for web sites, newspapers, and magazines. He is frequently interviewed by local and state news agencies on issues related to men and raising boys.
Randy is a member of the Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team, past president and active member of the Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan, past member of the Subcommittee of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Welfare and Domestic Violence and the Child and Family Resource Council and a past appointee to Michigan’s State Court Administrator’s Office Work Group on Training Requirements on Domestic Violence for Mediators. He is also an active member of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts, and has been honored as an Outstanding Alumni of Western Michigan University’s Counseling Psychology Program as well as a Vagina Warrior from the Vagina Monologues.