7 key tips for successfully working with men
More men than ever are attending therapy and asking for help with mental health problems and yet while therapy may offer a supportive environment, many men are turned off by this ‘foreign’ environment. When men do attend they can occasionally encounter a lack of understanding and empathy, leaving them confused and unsure on whether to return.
Gender socialisation and stigma often prevents men from seeking support. Many men have learnt that to show vulnerable emotions are weak and shameful. This process has taught them to restrict these emotions. The unwritten ‘male rules’ have resulted in men living with inner disease contributing to the following issues:
- Three-quarters of suicides in the UK are by men.
- Men are far less likely than women to seek help with medical problems.
- Depression occurs as often in men as in women, but women are twice as likely to be diagnosed and treated.
- One in nine adult men is dependent on alcohol; men are three times more likely than women to be alcohol dependent.
- Schizophrenia tends to have an earlier onset in men and is associated with poorer outcomes than in women.
This workshop and training will help the practitioner have greater awareness and knowledge to work with men more effectively.
The training will include:
- Increased understanding about the impact of traditional masculinity, man-up culture and the male code often leaving men with the trauma of emotional restraint.
- Toolbox of ideas in developing successful therapeutic work with men, building rapport, making psychological contact and building their emotional fitness.
- Effective psycho-educational tools to help men increase their emotional fitness, emotional awareness and regulation.
- Gaining a greater understanding about a man’s emotional world, his emotional development, defences and coping strategies.
About the host
I have worked with hundreds of boys and men and 95% of my clients are male. I have developed models of work through academic research and years of practice.
I regularly deliver workshops for practitioners on working with boys and men around the country receiving excellent feedback.