1st Edition

Working with Men in the Human Services

Edited By Bob Pease Copyright 2001
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    Men are often invisible in the human services. As clients and as workers, men have largely been ignored in the efforts that have been made to combat sexism in social work and welfare practice.

    Working with Men in the Human Services argues that addressing gender injustice requires an understanding of men as well as of women. The authors analyse how men's position in society affects their relationships with women, and with each other. They also examine the influence of masculine culture on men's self-perception and behaviour. Key practice issues are highlighted with case studies from a variety of contexts.

    Working with Men in the Human Services marks the beginning of a new agenda for profeminist practice with men, and is essential reading for students and professionals in social work, welfare and counselling.

    Working with Men in the Human Services challenges all social workers to rethink their assumptions about men, masculinity and men's issues. It does not negate feminist scholarship and practice, but rather broadens and deepens an appreciation of gender issues. It deserves to be widely read, is a must for any social worker's library, and will have a profound influence on social work theory and practice in the coming years.

    Jim Ife, Professor of Social Work + Social Policy, Curtin University

    Bob Pease is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at RMIT University, Melbourne, author of Recreating Men, and coeditor of Transforming Social Work Practice. Peter Camilleri is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Rector at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra. He is author of (Re)Constructing Social Work.

    Table of Contents Working With Men in the Human Services

    Part I Gender issues facing workers in the human services

    1 Feminism, masculinity politics and the human services

    Bob Pease and Peter Camilleri

    2 Theoretical issues and political dilemmas in working with men

    Bob Pease

    3 Doing 'women's work'?: Men, masculinity and caring

    Peter Camilleri and Peter Jones

    Part II Gender-based practice approaches for men seeking change

    4 Making Connections: Working with males in families

    Kerrie James

    5 Neither colluding nor colliding: Practical ideas for engaging men

    Mark Furlong

    6 Working with men's defences against vulnerability

    Mal McCouat

    7 Working with males who have experienced childhood sexual abuse

    Patrick O'Leary

    8 Men and mental health: Counselling men with a psychiatric disability

    Peter Humphries

    Part III Gender-based approaches to working with m


    Bob Pease is Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Social Work at RMIT, Melbourne and author of Men and Sexual Politics, Recreating Men and editor of Transforming Social Work Practice. Peter Camilleri is Head of the School of Social Work at Australian Catholic University and President of the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Education. He is the author of Reconstructing Social Work.