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MALE-FRIENDLY COUNSELLING: ENHANCING THERAPY WORK WITH MEN - Developing gender-sensitive strategies for working with men and boys

Event Details
Date: 27 Nov 2020
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

Males make up approximately only 30% of therapy clients and when they do attend, it’s not uncommon for them to experience some struggle to engage with the counselling process. If attending as an obligation feeling pressured to attend, they may present with overt resistance and/or aggression. Many therapists feel underprepared to work with men and do not recognize how ‘therapy-as-usual’ can violate some models norms of traditional manhood. For example, inquiring about feelings or prematurely focusing attention on the client’s problems On occasion, counselling processes such as focusing on diagnoses, pathology or exploring feelings can invoke shame and defensiveness in some men and damage the therapeutic connection. The Australian Psychological Society and American Psychological Association have produced guidelines for working with men and boys. Unfortunately, few training opportunities exist for working specifically with men. Male-friendly therapists adapt their counselling to enhance treatment engagement and effectiveness with men. This adaptation stems from a more informed and aware understanding about men and masculinities, while equally recognizing differences between men. Male-friendly therapists are committed to reducing their own personal and professional biases and prejudices, and to utilise strategies that are more congruent with men’s socialization, their values, and communication preferences as required. This training will address the fundamental knowledge, attitudes, and skills to effectively engage men. It is based in research from international literature and also from qualitative interviews with Australia’s own male-friendly therapists who practice from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities.

Learning objectives

  • Recognise key theoretical paradigms from which to understand men, their problems and strengths, and how these may impact therapy.
  • Understand what is required to become a male gender-sensitive therapist.
  • Understand the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with male and female therapists working with men.
  • Develop engagement strategies that are specifically customised for men.
  • Identify assessment risks and common issues that men struggle with, including hidden issues.
  • Identify change aims and transtheoretical strategies of specific relevance to men.

Presenter details

Dr Nathan Beel is a counselling lecturer and Counselling Discipline Coordinator at the University of Southern Queensland, and runs a small private practice. He has been a counsellor for 20 years and has a PhD in male-friendly counselling. Nathan is a clinical member/clinical supervisor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and an academic member of the College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators. Prior to working in education, Nathan worked as the Client Services Manager in Lifeline Community Care overseeing the general counselling program, financial counselling, and Gambling Help Service for Wide Bay / Burnett. He has also been the Counsellor Coordinator at Salvo Care Line (a 24-hr crisis line), and started his career working as an addictions counsellor in an all-male Brisbane Recovery Services Centre (Moonyah). Nathan has scholarly publications in male-friendly counselling, domestic violence, internet counselling ethics, and the common factors of successful counselling outcomes.

Location and date

UTS Short Course Rooms
Level 7, Building 10,
235 Jones Street,
Ultimo, NSW 2007

27 November 2020



Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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