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Underneath the Masculine Mask: How to effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression

Event Details
Date: 10 Oct 2018
Time: 9.00am - 4.15pm
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
State: Qld
CPD hrs: 6

Members- $100.00 (inc GST)

Student Members- $40.00 (inc GST)

Non Members $160.00 (inc GST)

Student Non-Members- $70.00 (inc GST)

Organiser: AASW Qld Branch
Further information

Queensland Branch Manager
T 07 3090 3718

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General Information

Men often resist the term ‘depression’ due to traditional masculine socialisation which views talking about problems and admitting to not coping as weak, shameful and unmanly. Men are often socialised to be independent and task orientated, and so depression is often ‘masked’ and can present as workaholism, substance abuse, withdrawal from relationships, irritability or reactive and/or aggressive behaviours. They also tend to externalise and blame the people around them, including their partners or children. This can have a detrimental impact on men, family relationships and the wellbeing of children. It can also be a contributing factor in the breakdown of relationships and lead to problems in co-parenting after separation.

Some men may realise something isn’t right and may even admit to being depressed, but can be reluctant to seek help, or if they do often quickly disengage from services. Without support many men can be at risk of suicide. Research has consistently shown that men will access support services if the approach is male friendly, non-judgemental and builds on their masculine skills and strengths. This presentation aims to equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to work more effectively with men experiencing mental health issues such as depression into their programs, services and groups.

Who should attend?

Social workers, Allied Health professionals, psychologists, family support workers, mediators, family lawyers, General Practitioners, social welfare practitioners and practitioners who work with men.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop participants will/have:

  • Increased awareness of the barriers experienced by fathers who have depression in accessing support services.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of what lies behind the mask - Different types of masculine depression (implicit and explicit) and how they can present in men.
  • Gain individual skills and strategies to effectively engage fathers who are depressed but refuse or are reluctant to admit or seek help.
  • Gain knowledge and skills to maximise the effectiveness of referral and support networks for fathers experiencing depression.

Meet the Presenter

Simon Santosha is the Managing Director of Men & Family Counselling and Consultancy on the Gold Coast. He is a Registered Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Member of the Australian College of Social Workers.

He has more than 18 years’ of clinical experience working with children, young people, men, women and families dealing with complex trauma, mental health issues and family relationship issues. He is a highly qualified and experienced clinical counsellor, who has specialist expertise in working with men and families who are dealing with relationship conflict, separation, divorce and co-parenting.

Simon has completed extensive training in attachment, trauma and relational neuroscience and has integrated these into his therapeutic work with clients and training programs with family relationship and mental health professionals, educators and organisational leaders.

He has served on various boards which have been responsible for providing specialist advice to government around men and family relationships issues. He has also been instrumental in helping organisations throughout Australia develop best-practice approaches to working with and engaging men.

His ability to inspire and motivate people to think differently, challenge their thoughts and behaviours and encourage debate has made him a popular presenter and workshop facilitator. He has presented at various state and national conferences and delivered professional development training to a range of government, non-government, private sector, community welfare agencies, schools and communities throughout Australia. He has appeared on ABC’s Q&A program as a panellist and is often a spokesperson for men and family relationships issues in the media.

Simon has worked with individuals, communities and organisations from all backgrounds throughout Australia and it’s this vast experience, combined with his passion for helping men and families improve their relationships that make him a dynamic and engaging speaker.


L07_4.07, Hub Link Area, The Meadowbrook Conference Room, Griffith University, Logan Campus, 68 University Dr, Meadowbrook QLD 4131

Wednesday 10 October 2018 - 9.00am - 4.15pm

Registration from 8.45am

Fruit and snacks will be served at morning and afternoon tea. Lunch can be purchased onsite at the Cafe or feel free to bring your own.

CPD: 6 Hours

Members - Please log on to the website prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers