Working with Troubled Men: A Contemporary Practioner's Guide

Working with Troubled Men: A Contemporary Practioner's Guide

Working with Troubled Men: A Contemporary Practioner's Guide

Working with Troubled Men: A Contemporary Practioner's Guide

Synopsis

This book offers a concise, readable, research-grounded synthesis of the special concerns mental health and other helping professionals need to address when working with men today, and explains a wealth of effective gender-specific approaches to assessment and intervention that result in more successful outcomes for male clients.

Many more women than men seek counseling and therapy, and to some extent standard services have evolved in response to female styles of communicating and problem-solving. Practitioners frequently feel frustrated and baffled by their male clients because they seem unresponsive to treatment approaches that work so well for women. But many men benefit from therapy when practitioners understand male socialization and the ways men communicate and problem-solve.

Too many men today are doing badly and are in real need of help. Almost half of America's male children grow up in single parent homes headed by mothers, where they seldom have male mentors or role models. Fewer men than women attend or graduate from college, and increasing levels of binge drinking and date rape on campuses paint a discouraging picture of men on campus. Male violence continues to be a serious problem in many American communities, with male youth violence continuing at epidemic levels. Men die younger than women overall and in much higher proportions from suicide, homicide, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Excerpt

By any reasonable measure, many men are doing badly these days. Almost half of America’s male children grow up in single-parent homes headed by mothers where they seldom have male mentors or role models. Fewer men attend college, and when they do, increasing levels of binge drinking and date rape on American campuses paint a discouraging picture of male behavior. Male violence continues to be a serious problem with young male violence having reached epidemic proportions. Writing about male homelessness and unemployment, Marin (1991) says that 80% of the homeless in America are men. Serious health problems continue to plague men and seem to be worsening.

One would think that men and their problems would be a part of the national agenda, but that seems far from true. This disconnect between the needs of men and effective male-specific help is apparent in the helping professions where men are often the unwanted clients, seen involuntarily by clinicians, who often believe that men are unmotivated to change and resist therapy. As a result, very little has been written about men, their current problems, or what the helping professions can do to develop more effective solutions to male problems.

Working With Troubled Men: a Contemporary Practitioner’s Guide is a book for helping professionals who work with men. It contains an overview of the problems men have at home, in relationships, with their children, at work, with anger, with education, with violence, with substance abuse, and, ultimately, with being fulfilled and productive human beings. the emphasis of the book is on why men are having . . .

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