Psychology Workshop Series
Engaging Men in Counseling
Location: Governors State University
Time: 9am to 4pm
Fee: $35 for Students and University Faculty, $95 for Professionals
Instructor: Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson
Participants are awarded 6 CEUs upon completion of this course.
Description: The experience of counseling can present unique challenges for clients and counselors. Many men enter counseling because something or someone—a concerned partner or even a court order—has pushed them to seek help. Even if a man enters counseling on his own, his experience there may be different from that of a female client, as many men are socialized to fear core components of the therapeutic process: the language of feelings, the disclosure of vulnerability, and the admission of dependency needs. This workshop will explore how masculinity relates to the process of engaging in counseling, with an emphasis on helping counselors learn pragmatic strategies to effectively shape their practice to the emotional, psychological, and relational needs of men. The purpose of workshop is to review evidence-based clinical interactions that incorporate men’s gendered lives into therapeutic work with men. This workshop will specifically present strategies to (a) address the help-seeking process for men, (b) assess the role of masculine socialization on presenting concerns and for the process of counselors, (c) to help work with male discomfort with emotions, and (d) utilize existing male strengths in session. Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to help participants understand multiple evidence-based and cultural appropriate strategies that can deepen their connection to male clients and create better therapy relationships.