ERIC Number: ED327771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-13
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Gender Aware Therapy: Implications for Therapists and Male Clients.
Good, Glenn E.; And Others
Gender Aware Therapy (GAT) has developed in recent years to synthesize feminist theory and knowledge about gender into principles of therapy equally applicable to both men and women. This paper briefly examines the roots of Gender Aware Therapy and describes its principles: (1) conceptions of gender are seen as integral aspects of psychotherapy and mental health; (2) personal problems are considered within their societal context; (3) the therapy actively seeks to change gender injustices experienced by women and men; (4) it emphasizes development of collaborative therapeutic relationships; and (5) it respects clients' freedom to choose views, behaviors, and feelings which are most congruent for them. Psychological concerns specific to male clients for which conceptions of gender may be especially salient are then discussed, and implications of conducting therapy from a gender aware perspective are explored. Finally, some cautions regarding therapy from a perspective of heightened gender awareness are discussed. Twenty-seven references are included. (TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gender Aware Therapy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).