“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:
After completing this course, you will know how to incorporate male-friendly attitudes and skills into your existing counselling approach.
This lecture highlights that men, as a group, have been excluded from a focus on gender and counselling, except when to critique them.
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.
This quiz will cover material from section 1.
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.
This lecture looks at four common features of traditional masculinity that can shape men's lives and values.
This section describes two main theories about how rigid adherence to masculine ideals can be toxic for men.
This quiz will review content associated with section 2.
This section introduces male-friendly counselling and discusses how therapists can prepare themselves to work with men.
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.
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.
This section explores the possible impacts, strengths and weaknesses, related to the gender of the therapist when working with men.
This bonus extra discusses findings from two small studies that additionally can help further your understanding and thinking about men in therapy.
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).