Counseling Troubled Boys: A Guidebook for Professionals

Counseling Troubled Boys: A Guidebook for Professionals

Counseling Troubled Boys: A Guidebook for Professionals

Counseling Troubled Boys: A Guidebook for Professionals

Synopsis

This volume provides practitioners with clear, helpful information about the process of understanding and engaging a wide array of boys and adolescent males in counseling. It supplies case examples and covers topics including race, ethnicity, religion, and other cultural factors of boys. A practical tool for school and mental health practitioners who need to understand and respond to the developmental and special issues of boys and adolescent males, Counseling Troubled Boys creates a bridge between young men and helping professionals. Key content includes adjustment issues, strategies for establishing rapport, interventions, case studies, and suggestions for future training and research.

Excerpt

During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s and 1990s, a handful of mental health professionals began to focus their research investigations and clinical services on the unique challenges associated with helping boys and men. the work of these pioneers was largely focused on understanding and addressing the social construction of gender roles, men’s sexism and homophobia, the problems associated with traditional masculinity and the male socialization process, men’s gender role conflicts, male help-seeking behaviors, and institutional barriers to providing services to boys and men.

The efforts of these dedicated individuals have raised awareness about the special needs of boys and men and fostered the development of gender-sensitive approaches to helping these populations. However, to date no publisher has produced a book series that captures this burgeoning body of knowledge about the emotional and psychological lives of boys and men and the process of counseling them in a male-friendly manner. the purpose of the Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy With Boys and Men is to respond to this gap in the professional literature by developing the most comprehensive set of books on helping boys and men that has ever been assembled. I am proud to launch this exciting new series with the present volume, Counseling Troubled Boys: a Guidebook for Practitioners.

The idea for this project emerged amid one of the many conversations Matt Englar-Carlson, Arthur “Andy” Horne, and I have enjoyed during our reunions at professional conferences. At one of those reunions, which occurred at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, dc, in August 2005, Matt, Andy, and I met for dinner at a restaurant, where I shared with them my vision for creating a new series of books in which highly respected scholars and practitioners would share their ideas about doing gender-sensitive counseling and psychotherapy with boys and men. Just as I expected, Matt and Andy were thrilled with the idea. We decided to create the first book for the series, and we agreed that this initial volume should be . . .

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