WS20 – Masculine and Thriving: Having Difficult Conversations With Men, Enhancing Treatment Results
Helping men is challenging, especially if they seem unwilling to accept responsibilities for their destructive behaviors or vulnerabilities. Misuse of power and difficulties facing vulnerabilities are no at all unusual, yet unfortunately, providers have unrealistic expectations of having men change or expect men to simply “know better”.
Practioners biases towards working with men will be explored based on one’s own gender, personal experiences or reactions to current events in the media. Kinder and more effective treatment with male clients will be highlighted.
This workshop will teach providers to tailor interventions based on each man’s particular style and sensitivities, as well as define overt and covert responses to vulnerability in order to thrive in a world where power and privilege is a given. Specific tips for creating quick and effective changes with male clients will be provided.
A summary of how men respond differently to male vs. female interviewers will be provided, along with tips on effective treatment interventions.
- Distinguish and recite the different perceptions male clients may have in regards to working with a male interviewer, a female, interviewer, or both together.
- Increase confidence in having difficult conversations with male clients with increased empathy.
- Discuss and offer treatment strategies to put clients in order to understand inherit benefits of masculinity and to improve communication outcomes with others.