Below are brief descriptions of the Keynote Presentations.
Helping Men with their Gender Role Conflicts in Psychotherapy
James O’Neil, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Many of the psychological problems experienced by men are associated with the male gender role socialization process, which causes men to experience certain conflicts pertaining to success, power, and competition, emotional expression, affection toward other men, and work and family relations. The purpose of this keynote address is to suggest to practitioners how to use the gender role conflict model to assess and help men with these issues during psychotherapy. Key concepts of the model will be explained, and a case study illustrating how the model was applied in psychotherapy with a troubled man will be presented.
Gay Therapist, Straight Clients: Power, Privilege and the Psychology of Men
Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., Private Practice, Seattle, WA
The therapeutic relationship between a gay therapist and a heterosexual client will be used as the basis for a keynote presentation examining the dynamic effects of power and privilege in relationships between gay and straight men. The implications for the psychology of men and masculinity, and the gulf between research on gay and straight men, will be examined. Emerging scholarship, as well as changes in social and cultural norms, in the area of relationship dynamics between gay and straight men will be considered. Case examples and recommendations for further research and cross-orientation collaboration in organizational work will be presented.
Psychotherapy With Young Men Ages 16-24
David A. Verhaagen, PhD, CEO, Southeast Psych, Charlotte, NC
Young men (16-24 year olds) bring some unique challenges into therapy. They have higher rates of arrests, behavioral problems, and drug issues than any other group and they are much less willing to seek treatment on their own. This presentation shares a model for how to engage these clients effectively in therapy and practical techniques for helping them.
“Gay or Asian”: Sexualism and the Conflicted Identities of Asian American Men
William Ming Liu, PhD, University of Iowa
The history of Asian American men is marked by effeminate and sexualized stereotypes of them as “not quite real men.” This form of sexualization is another identity layer that Asian American men must negotiate along with race and racism, and gender roles. This presentation reviews the history of these stereotypes and how this sexualization leverages into the current everyday life of Asian American men.
Overbearing, Controlling, Manipulative, Entitled, and Prejudiced Men—and How They Actually Change in Psychotherapy. For Good!
John M. Robertson, PhD, Professional Renewal Center, Lawrence, KS
Authoritarian men appear in many roles: sexual harassers, controlling boyfriends, dictatorial coaches, true believers, tyrannical supervisors. They share several traits in common: their pursuit of power, their domination and manipulation of others, their lack of empathy, and their rejection of egalitarianism. When they show up in psychotherapy rooms (which they do), how can they can be helped? This workshop provides recommendations based on many years of working with these men in a clinic designed just for them.
Beyond Warrior Masculinity: Therapy to Help Vets Come Home
Gary R. Brooks, PhD, Baylor University
The returning male military veteran is situated at the intersection of a myriad of cultural, institutional, sociopolitical, and family systems impediments to successful participation in psychotherapy. However, a gender sensitive intervention model that is informed by feminist and men’s studies perspectives allows for compassionate engagement with male veterans. With knowledge of the military context, flexibility in intervention approaches, and awareness of one’s assets and reactivities, a therapist can make a substantial difference in the reintegration (“coming home”) process for veterans and their partners.
Mind the Gap: Challenges Ahead for College Men Transitioning Into the Workforce
Marc Celentana, PhD, The College of New Jersey
In early 2010 women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. At that time, author Hanna Rosin trumpeted “the end of men” in a much buzzed-about article in The Atlantic. This workshop explores college men’s constructions of masculinity in the face of worldwide economic hardship, organizational belt-tightening, and shifting cultural dynamics. Examples from the clinical context of current and recent graduates transitioning into the workforce serve to highlight relevant issues.
Women Counseling Men: What You Might Not Have Learned in Graduate School
Holly B. Sweet, PhD, Cambridge Center for Gender Relations
Terri Morse, MA, Essex County Mental Health Service, Ticonderoga, NY
In this workshop, we will look at how men may view therapy differently than women, and how we, as female clinicians, can work most successfully with men. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how male and female norms may influence the therapeutic process, including building the therapeutic alliance, understanding issues of transference and countertransference in mixed gender dyads, therapeutic styles beyond traditional “talk therapy” that might work best for men, and how men enter and end therapy with us. Case studies and video clips will be presented which illustrate key points of the workshop.
Men in Groups: Issues and Interventions
Michael P. Andronico, PhD, Private Practice, Somerset, NJ
The presentation will start with a brief survey of the audience’s interest and experience with men in groups. Then a variety of different issues and interventions will be presented. Following this will be a discussion of the application of group interventions to the issues that have been raised.
Sustaining a Therapeutic Relationship with African American Men in Treatment
Alexander Sutton, PhD, Vice President, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Much has been written about engaging African American men in treatment. Thanks to other forms of therapeutic intervention that many of these men are either exposed to out of necessity or have sought out during emotional crises, psychotherapy is no longer viewed with such trepidation. The issue this presentation will address is improved clinical efforts to sustain African American men’s interest in treatment. New therapeutic approaches, ones which bolster African American men’s emotional strengths, coping abilities and resilience instead of primarily investing in their deficiencies and failures, will be discussed as ways of keeping the therapeutic alliance attractive and enabling them to grow in deeper ways.
Working in Therapy with Men: A Bowen Family Systems Theory Approach
Louise Bordeaux Silverstein, PhD, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University
Much has been written about how difficult it is for men to enter psychotherapy, given masculine gender role norms that socialize men to deny their vulnerability, and hinder their ability to recognize and articulate their emotions. While this is undoubtedly true for many men, it is not true for all men. This presentation will present the case studies of 3 White, middle class men who began couples therapy with their wives, and remained in therapy after their wives dropped out. In each case, the men made a long-term commitment to working on themselves and on their marriages.
The Use of Humor and Story Telling in Psychotherapy
Christopher Kilmartin, PhD, University of Mary Washington
Men are socialized to tell stories and use humor to communicate their experiences. Psychotherapists can tap into this mode of communication, which feels natural to many men, to facilitate insights and build working alliances with their male clients. In this presentation, a seasoned story teller and humorist helps us to understand how to help clients laugh and tell stories in different and healthier ways.
Gender-Responsive Substance Abuse Counseling With Men
Mark Woodford, PhD, The College of New Jersey
In the substance abuse and addiction treatment realm, males outnumber females two to one. While gender-issues are seen as a key element of women’s treatment, the acknowledgement that males are “gendered beings” who have lived lives full of male-specific developmental challenges is often overlooked. This presentation will examine psychosocial factors associated with substance use disorders for males, specifically in relation to emotional growth and awareness, and how these areas, in turn, affect the development of healthy relationships throughout the treatment and recovery processes.
Masked Depression in Men
Fredric E. Rabinowitz, PhD, University of Redlands
According to epidemiological studies, men are diagnosed with depression at half the rate of women, yet men are three times more likely to commit suicide. This discrepancy suggests that there may be masculine-specific features to depression that are not picked up by traditional diagnostic assessment instruments and interview approaches. This session will take a gender sensitive perspective on assessing and working clinically with what has been termed “masked depression” in men.