ERIC Number: ED341895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Counseling Men: A University Campus Experience.
Horne, Arthur M.; Mason, James
Counseling men has been a focus of attention within counseling psychology for nearly two decades. As in other aspects of group work, there are a number of group factors that need to be considered when working with men in groups. One of these factors is type of group. Groups can be: awareness; support; skills specific or topic specific; or self-help. Operating considerations include: number of members of the group; leadership style; length of time of the group; whether the group will be open or closed; commitment to conflict or intimacy; meeting time; focus to include fun; ages of participants; makeup of the group (diverse or homogeneous); and the topical or open nature of the group. The selection process includes: description of the group; goals and commitment of participants; qualifications of members; empathy of participants; capability of tolerating conflict; verbal skills of the participants; and dependability of the participants. Another consideration is who not to invite to the group, including men who are manic, very depressed, in severe crisis, addicted, inebriated, or paranoid. Specific steps that apply to running men's groups include establishing personal groups and norms; developing opening and closing rituals; learning empathic listening skills; learning to give supportive feedback; learning to develop conflict initiation and resolution skills; and knowing how to play. Typical topical issues include: fathers and sons; courage; power; penises and sexuality; fathering; shame; isolation; male friendships; violence; money; spirituality; humor; and mothers and sons. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).