This book will help practitioners overcome one of the leading challenges in couples therapy: working effectively with the male partner. Men have unique needs and psychological issues that many clinicians may not recognize or know how to address. This volume presents chapters by the leading practitioners associated with current therapeutic models, including Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Integrated Behavioral Couple Therapy, and more. Using in-depth case examples, they demonstrate how their approaches can be adapted to be "male-sensitive" and respond to the ambivalence so many men experience about couples work. Special topics are also addressed, including infidelity, cultural diversity, working with veterans, and fathering issues. This book will enrich therapists’ work with couples, making treatment a welcoming experience for both partners and the treatment process more gratifying for the therapist.
Table of Contents
Shepard, Harway, Introduction: Setting the Stage. Part I: Foundations of Male-sensitive Couples Therapy. Shepard, Harway, The Challenges of Conducting Male-sensitive Couples Therapy: Common Pitfalls and Clinical Recommendations. Rabinowitz, Behind the Mask: A Primer on Understanding the Male Partner in Couples Therapy. Part II: Theoretical Models. Robertson, Khamphakdy-Brown, Early Life Memories: A Male-friendly Approach to Facilitating Couple Collaboration. Englar-Carlson, Carlson, Adlerian Couples Therapy: The Case of the Boxer’s Daughter and the Momma’s Boy. Luquet, Relational Growth in Men Using Imago Relationship Therapy. Greenman, Faller, Johnson, Finding the Words: Working with Men in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples. Baucom, Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: A Male-sensitive Perspective. Bergenstal, The Gottman Method: Theory and Case Study. Gordon, Purcell, The PAIRS Program: Engaging Men Through a Unique Psychoeducational Approach. Part III: Special Populations and Problems. McCarthy, Breetz, Male-affirmative Couple Sex Therapy. Kadin, Lusterman, Male Sensitive Couples Therapy with Unfaithful Men. Cervantes, Brothers of Color in Couples Therapy: Managing the Rainfall and Storms of Discrimination and Racism for Latino and African American Men. Brooks, Male-sensitive Therapy for the Returning Veteran and His Partner. Wexler, Male-sensitive Couples Counseling: Fathering Issues.
"David Shepard and Michèle Harway have assembled a compendium of many of the leaders in couples therapy and asked their thoughts on engaging men. The result is a thoughtful, thorough, and revealing exploration of one of the field's most pressing topics." - Terry Real, PhD, Family Therapist and Founder, The Relational Life Institute, Boston, USA
"This is a welcome addition to the literature that assembles in one volume the most up to date information on male-sensitive couples therapy. Drs. Shepard and Harway have recruited an excellent group of contributors who truly understand how to engage men in therapy. It is a ‘must read’ for mental health students and professionals." - Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP, 2005 President, the American Psychological Association; Professor of Psychology, the University of Akron, OH, USA
"Shepard and Harway bust our stereotypes about men in therapy and insist we view men in all their complexity. They bring us the experts on men in couples who teach us how to conduct "male-sensitive couples therapy" by deepening our understanding of male psychology and techniques that respect this psychology. The book is a must-read for all couples therapists." - Susan H McDaniel, PhD, Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families and Health Director, Institute for the Family, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA
"The newest addition to the outstanding The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men, Engaging Men in Couples Therapy is a 348 page compendium of informed and informative articles from seasoned experts and seminal researchers that have been knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited by the team of David S. Shepard and Michele Harway. The use of in-depth case examples throughout help immeasurably to illustratre both theoretical concepts and practical applications, making Engaging Men in Couples Therapy essential reading for practitioners in the field, students in the classroom, and a core addition to professional and academic psychology and counseling instructional reference collections." - The Midwest Book Review
"The book is clearly structured and written in accessible language. I particularly liked the extensive use of case material throughout to illustrate the ideas being discussed. The inclusion of different models rather than a single super-theory also encouraged integration of new ideas into existing ways of working... there is much to dip into just to satisfy curiosity... it is good to be reminded of the need to acknowledge gender difference in our work with couples." - Elaine Ackroyd, Sexual and Relationship Therapy