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How Do I Help Him?: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Boys and Men in Therapeutic Settings by Michael Gurian

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Males are struggling throughout our culture experiencing trauma, violence, unemployment, school failure, under-motivation, and in many cases, destitution. Males are also underserved in the helping professions. Boys and men often feel that therapists, health care workers, and human services professionals are not as well informed or educated in what males need as they could be. Our offices are generally set up for sitting quietly in a chair and talking, rather than for physical movement, nonverbal techniques, thematic therapy, and other male-healthy strategies. Transformation in clinical practice grows from both new thinking and new doing. HOW DO I HELP HIM? helps transform theory and practice to include a deeper understanding of male development in therapy, health care, and human services. The book includes new logic models and practical tools and strategies that will transform your office, school, or other environment. These new models and tools do not replace present psychological theories, but instead blend with prevailing psychological theories to help ensure their effectiveness with boys and men. Throughout the book, readers also learn new ways to look at girls and women s lives, couple communication, and marriage and family issues. The lives of boys and girls and women and men are inextricably linked, and ever more so as our culture evolves. To take better care of boys and men is to help girls and women flourish, as well.

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I am Gail Reid-Gurian, a marriage and family therapist. I've never reviewed Michael's books before because, well, it would look strange to do so, since I am his wife. I'm obviously biased. But I wanted to review this book because of its importance to people like myself, especially women, in the psychology field. Michael's twenty years as a mental health counselor come through strongly in this book, and his approach to working with boys and men is revolutionary. It is very important to women therapists (and we make up about 80% of the therapists in practice). It is also very important to residential treatment centers, juvenile justice systems, and corrections. I hope practitioners and policy makers will look closely at this book. We can't keep losing boys and men to therapy, and we can't keep developing psychological theories that mainly involve just sitting and talking. Males walk out the door too quickly. I hope you'll read this book and use the new approaches it outlines in detail.
The world we are rapidly creating is grappling with the issue of what differentiates the sexes more profoundly and universally now than at any other time in human history.

In the final chapter of "How Do I Help Him?" Michael states, "I believe this condition, alienation-from-male-hierarchy-development, is far more destructive to young males than we might at first realize." In the Western World, what defines this hierarchy is now in an almost constant state of change. I believe much of this change is for the better. What does not change, however, is each individual male's inherent NEED to find his place within said hierarchies even as such continue to evolve and change. Half the world's population is male. Our families, our institutions, our future all depend upon the male-half of society finding his place alongside his human brothers. For the first time in human history our brothers are global brothers. As our world changes, men MUST understand how our hierarchies are changing. THIS is the challenge of the 21st century for every culture on the planet. Before you can address a challenge, you must define it. Michael has defined this challenge like no one else and set forth a dynamic clinical groundwork for a strong future of understanding and bonding between boys and men.

Michael's work is as profound as it is homecoming to the male experience.
I am a licensed mental health counselor and have found many therapeutic books heavy on theory and light on practical suggestions for improving our effectiveness with clients. This book is a refreshing change! Michael Gurian not only gives solid, research-based foundations for his approach he provides a range of specific strategies in working with males. I found his suggestions regarding peripatetic counseling and how to work with male anger and aggression particularly valuable. Michael's book is a definite must-read for anyone whose practice involves helping men and boys.
This book has a lot of great info for mental health professionals!
Michael Gurian's latest book,[ASIN:0983995907 How Do I Help Him?: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Boys and Men in Therapeutic Settings], should be required reading for every person going into the field of therapy. Helping potential (and existing!) therapists and counselors understand the difference between counseling men and women is going to help a lot of guys get more of what they need from a therapeutic intervention. Having worked with many men, especially those trying to become better husbands and fathers, I know that we are losing too many and their importance in the lives of their children could be supported and enhanced if therapists and counselors better understood ways to engage them. I highly recommend this book to any therapist that wants to be successful with male clients--both boys and men.
This book is extremely helpful in addressing masculinity, societal pressures and what Gurian calls "the boys crisis." The book is full of great examples and case studies that illustrate how to transform clinical practices for the better. The combination of brain science and counseling theory makes for an not only educational read, but an extremely interesting one as well. I would recommend this to not only counselors and therapists, but friends and colleagues as well. 5 stars all the way!

ISBN: 0983995907

Rating: 4.5/5

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ISBN13: 978-0983995906

Publisher: Gurian Institute Press (September 1, 2011)

Language: English

Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling

Pages: 242

How Do I Help Him?: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Boys and Men in Therapeutic Settings
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Author: Michael Gurian
Title: How Do I Help Him?: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Boys and Men in Therapeutic Settings