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Counseling Troubled Boys

A Guidebook for Professionals, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark S. Kiselica, Matt Englar-Carlson, Arthur M. Horne


334 pages

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This volume provides practitioners with clear, helpful information about the process of understanding and engaging a wide array of boys and adolescent males in counseling. It supplies case examples and covers topics including race, ethnicity, religion, and other cultural factors of boys. A practical tool for school and mental health practitioners who need to understand and respond to the developmental and special issues of boys and adolescent males, Counseling Troubled Boys creates a bridge between young men and helping professionals. Key content includes adjustment issues, strategies for establishing rapport, interventions, case studies, and suggestions for future training and research.


"Counseling Troubled Boys takes welcomed steps in providing clear analysis and guidance for those providing psychotherapy to boys and adolescents. Its reasearch basis is excellent, and the examples these assembled clinicians provide are both illustrative and instructive…the strength of the book is its overall clarity and excellent grounding in research." - Brad DeFord, Ph.D., in Illness, Crisis & Loss

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding and Establishing Rapport with Boys Robertson, Shepard, The Psychological Development of Boys. Kiselica, Englar-Carlson, Horne, Fisher, A Positive Psychology Perspective on Helping Boys. Kiselica, Englar-Carlson, Establishing Rapport with Boys in Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Male-Friendly Perspective. Part II: Helping Special Populations of Boys Cervantes, Englar-Carlson, Surviving in a Sea with Few Lifeboats: Counseling Boys from Impoverished Families. Kiselica, Novack, Promoting Strength and Recovery: Counseling Boys Who Have Been Sexually Abused. Fleming, Englar-Carlson, Examining Depression and Suicidality in Boys and Male Adolescents: An Overview and Clinical Considerations. Kapalka, Improving Self-Control: Counseling Boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Reese, Horne, Bell, Wingfield, Counseling Aggressive Boys and Adolescent Males. Woodford, Moving Beyond "Drinking Like a Man": Tailoring Substance Abuse Counseling Strategies to Meet the Needs of Boys. Kiselica, Mule, Haldemann, Finding Inner Peace in a Homophobic World: Counseling Gay Boys and Boys who are Questioning Their Sexual Identity. Liu, Shepard, Nicpon, "Boys are Tough, Not Smart": Counseling Gifted and Talented Young and Adolescent Boys.

About the Editors

Mark S. Kiselica Ph.D., is professor and former chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education at the College of New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA and has counseled hundreds of boys in schools, mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and prisons Director of the School Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the author of several books, see below.

Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of counseling at the California State University at Fullerton. He received his doctoral degree in counselor education from the Pennsylvania State University and has worked with men, boys, and families in community mental health centers and schools. He has co-authored two books, see below.

Arthur M. Horne, Ph.D., is a distinguished research professor of counseling psychology at the University of Georgia. He completed his Ph.D in counseling and educational psychology at Southern Illinois University. He was the co-investigator of ACT EARLY, a federal program for at-risk children, and has been a trainer for agencies addressing male issues of violence and aggression. He is a prolific author, see below.

About the Series

The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men includes books devoted to the process of helping boys and men in counseling and psychotherapy. Through his many roles as a professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, a fellow and former president of Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), and a national leader regarding the psychology of boys, men and masculinity, Dr. Mark Kiselica serves as the editor of the series, which addresses a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Counseling gay boys and men
  • Addictions counseling with boys and men
  • Helping older men
  • Couples counseling with men
  • Counseling gifted boys
  • Assisting men with the transition to fatherhood
  • Helping men with emotional intimacy
  • Counseling boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Counseling boys and men from different racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Counseling aggressive boys

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health