Introduction to Male-Friendly Counselling
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Introduction to Male-Friendly Counselling

Learn how to understand and successfully engage men in counselling
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Created by Nathan Beel
Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • recognise how masculinity can impact men and their experiences of therapy
  • understand the principles of male-friendly counselling that can be incorporated into any model of therapy
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  • No special resources are needed to undertake this course.
  • Ideally students will be familiar with counselling related practices and knowledge.

“Introduction to Male-Friendly Counselling” is an online professional development course. 

The course is designed for mental health practitioners and students, including counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other professionals.   

Men are often reluctant clients and counselling treatment can violate their identities as men, leading them to resist or withdraw from treatment. Therapists can feel at a loss to know how to engage and counsel some men. 

Men are not all the same. There is significant diversity between them. However, there are also a range of patterns that are more common in men in comparison to women.  Therapists can benefit by recognising these patterns and adjusting therapy in response to these.

This course will give you a deeper appreciative understanding of men and masculinities, and provide principles on how to become even more effective in engaging and treating male clients.

You will learn:

  • How therapeutic interventions can be problematic for men
  • Common challenges therapists experience with men
  • The major gender theories that relate to counselling men
  • Four common rules that men often live by
  • The impacts of men’s masculinity in their lives and their therapy
  • Key strategies for male-friendly counselling including how best you can prepare as a therapist, how you can engage men in therapy, how to incorporate masculinity-informed assessment, and how to assist men to grow and thrive
  • Recognise impacts of the sex of the therapist working with men

After completing this course, you will know how to incorporate male-friendly attitudes and skills into your existing counselling approach. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for mental health professionals, including counsellors, psychologists, and social workers.
  • People who may need Continuing Education points for their ongoing professional development
  • This course is probably not for you if you have not had any counselling-related training.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Introduction to Male Friendly Counselling
4 Lectures 12:37

This lecture highlights that men, as a group, have been excluded from a focus on gender and counselling, except when to critique them. 

Gender issues

This lecture looks at the difference between gender and sex, masculinity and femininity, and whether masculinity is influenced more by biology, society, or a combination of both. 

Gender theories

This quiz will cover material from section 1.

Section 1 quiz
3 questions
Men and masculinity
4 Lectures 26:47

This lecture looks at reasons why male friendly counselling is needed, It lists a number of common challenges that therapists may have when working with men, and looks at a number of standard therapy processes that can violate men's deeper values.

Preview 11:18

This lecture looks at four common features of traditional masculinity that can shape men's lives and values.

Four rules for being a man

This section describes two main theories about how rigid adherence to masculine ideals can be toxic for men.

Masculinity theories

Section summary

This quiz will review content associated with section 2.

Section 2 quiz
4 questions
Male Friendly Counselling Strategies
8 Lectures 32:28

This section introduces male-friendly counselling and discusses how therapists can prepare themselves to work with men. 

Therapist preparation

This is one of the most important sections as it will teach you effective engagement strategies to develop positive relationships with men, particularly those demonstrate signals of adherence to more traditional masculine values.

Engagement strategies

In this lecture you will learn how to recognise the impact masculinity may have on men and the various troubles that may be part of their life.


This section provides recommended treatment goals that can be considered with men, various interventions that can be used, the place of emotions, and how you can help men can redefine their own preferred masculinity. 


This section invites you to consider the practical ways you might put these concepts into practice.

Putting the ideas into practice


This section explores the possible impacts, strengths and weaknesses, related to the gender of the therapist when working with men.

Gender of the therapists

Conclusion text
Bonus lectures
2 Lectures 04:27

This bonus extra discusses findings from two small studies that additionally can help further your understanding and thinking about men in therapy. 

Bonus lecture: What (some) men don't want and do want in therapy

Bonus lecture: More resources
About the Instructor
Nathan Beel
4.3 Average rating
52 Reviews
1,497 Students
4 Courses
Lecturer, counsellor, clinical supervisor

Nathan Beel is a lecturer, counsellor, and clinical supervisor. Nathan has taught, published, and presented in a wide range of counselling related topics, and has delivered counselling services for the past 20 years. He is a Registrant and endorsed Supervisor of the Psychotherapy and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA), and a Clinical Member of the Queensland Counsellors Association (QCA).