Description: This chapter explores the core themes associated with developing a gender-sensitive approach to counseling men. Drawing upon the existing scholarly resources, the chapter looks at the wide range of masculinities that shape one's cultural identity, reviews barriers to help seeking, explores common presenting concerns, and notes helpful practices for counseling men. Reflective questions and an extensive case illustration are used to bring these concepts to life.
Understand the gendered nature of masculinity and why this knowledge is an important cultural competency for counselors
Examine core themes associated with a gender-sensitive approach to counseling men
Reflect upon barriers to help seeking, common presenting concerns, and helpful practices for counselors working with men