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Counselling Men:  How to effectively engage male clients


Men make up the minority of clients in counselling and when they do attend, they are not always easy to engage in therapy. Counsellors who fail to understand or appreciate the interaction of masculine norms in the context of therapy can inadvertently misunderstand and energise resistant behaviour in some male clients. Some basic counselling procedures and goals can alienate and humiliate some males due to contradicting their masculine norms. Yet when therapists work with gender-sensitivity, men often become deeply committed to therapeutic work.

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to traditional masculine norms and how these may be evident in the therapy room. It will focus primarily on key male-friendly engagement strategies recommended by men’s therapists and researchers from Australia and internationally.

Presenter: Nathan Beel has over 20 years counselling experience and is a registered Clinical Member, Supervisor, and Counsellor Educator of PACFA.

He is a Lecturer and Counselling Discipline Coordinator at the University of Southern Queensland, teaching into undergraduate and graduate programs. Nathan has publications in male-friendly counselling and a range of other counselling-related topics. 

Relationships Australia
159 St Pauls Terrace
Spring Hill, Queensland 4000
Contact Details:

Ros Turner 0411 468 369 qca@qca.asn.au