Academic journal article International Journal of Men's Health

Gender in the Therapy Hour

Academic journal article International Journal of Men's Health

Gender in the Therapy Hour

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GENDER IN THE THERAPY HOUR edited by HOLLY BARLOW SWEET. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012, 308 pp.

Gender in the Therapy Hour is well-crafted and contains easy-to-read essays about women conducting therapy with their male clients. The structure and content of the book allows the reader to reflect, relate and take away a tremendous amount of resources and tips on how to work with male clients.

The idea for Gender in the Therapy Hour initially emerged at the urging of clinicians from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 51, a division dedicated to the study of men and masculinity, who identified the need for more literature about how to work effectively with men in therapy. The book's editor, Dr. Holly Barlow Sweet, confirmed that, not only is there a need for more education in this area, but also that the majority of books on men's issues have been written by men. Dr. Sweet saw a need for a book written by women therapists for women therapists. This book fills an important gap in the training literature and would likely be an important read to novice and expert therapists alike, especially given the rising number of men seeking therapy.

Gender in the Therapy Hour consists of four main sections including core treatment issues, different modalities of therapy, different populations of clients, and sharing of experiences. While the book is broad in scope, each individual chapter is narrow in its focus. Among the fourteen chapters, topics range from ethical issues to couples counselling to strengths-based therapy with fathers. The final chapter is written by Dr. Sweet and specifically aimed at new clinicians. It contains a variety of responses to questions posted to the authors, as well as other women with strong interest in men's issues, regarding how female clinicians work with men. The thoughtful afterword by Dr. Fred Rabinowitz, a well-respected expert in Division 51, provides the only male voice in the book and delivers valuable insights about the benefits of same sex and different sex matches in psychotherapy.

Gender in the Therapy Hour was written in a rather unique way. The diverse group of authors convened several times over the course of writing their individual chapters at various "retreats" where they would share their ideas, their backgrounds, and how each became involved in men's issues. …

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