A New Paradigm for Addressing the Health and Wellness Needs of Men and Boys

Dates: January 22, 2021

Meets: F from 12:50 PM to 4:00 PM

Hours: 3.00

Location: Online Live Webinar via Zoom

COURSE: $49.00

Through 25 years of work with men in court related and wellness programs, The Men's Resource Center of West Michigan has found that persistent mental and behavioral health problems can be effectively addressed through a diagnostic paradigm that evaluates men’s experience with masculinity as the primary target of therapeutic interventions. We have found that rigid expectations of men's emotional and social experiences and presentations stand in the way of healthy development particularly in the areas of emotional intelligence, healthy self-concept and relational capacity resulting in a propensity to externalize unwanted emotions. Naming these tendencies Mascupathy-a pathological version of masculinity- and grounding our treatment plans within this context has resulted in remarkable recoveries for our clients. This workshop will discuss how utilizing the paradigm of Mascupathy, otherwise known as toxic masculinity, provides a broad based and effective context for maintaining men's mental wellness, can effectively intervene into problems like domestic and sexual violence, and how we have developed this knowledge into preventative programs that give men and boys the cognitive and emotional tools they need to develop whole hearted and thriving masculinities.

1. Increase awareness of how a toxic male socialization process cultivates gender specific mental, emotional, and behavioral health problems for males
2. Understand how a more precise diagnostic category—Mascupathy—explains the problems men have with their self-concept, emotional intelligence, intimacy skills, and propensity for externalization
3. Explore how toxic male socialization can lead to males having specific problems such as domestic violence, anger management, sexual acting out, and substance abuse
4. Review and explain how specialized gender sensitive treatment approaches can effectively engage and help males make progress in counseling

Recommended for LBSW and LMSW beginning and intermediate skill levels.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)COURSE$ 49.00
Course Fee (Alternate)SSW Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Course Fee (Alternate)GVSU Social Work Faculty$ 15.00

Online Live Webinar via Zoom

a Zoom webinar link will be provided 2-3 days prior to the course date.


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