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How Do I Help Him?: A Practitioner's Guide to Working with Boys and Men in Therapeutic Settings Paperback – September 1, 2011
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In his insightful and practical new guide, HOW DO I HELP HIM?, Michael Gurian, explains why so many men and boys dislike traditional counseling. He argues persuasively that males may resist open-ended discussions of their feelings, but they are hungry for mentoring and eager to talk about their core issues of manhood and motivation. This guide is filled with many helpful examples for engaging the male brain. I recommend this book for any therapist who has ever been frustrated in their attempts to reach a men and boys---and that s all of us! ----Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of IT S A BOY!: YOUR SON S DEVELOPMENT FROM BIRTH TO EIGHTEEN, and writer/producer of the PBS special RAISING CAIN: PROTECTING THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF BOYS
--Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of IT S A BOY!: YOUR SON S DEVELOPMENT FROM BIRTH TO EIGHTEEN
In HOW DO I HELP HIM?, Michael Gurian captures eloquently why talk therapy is so often ineffective for males. Gurian's understanding of boys and men and his wisdom regarding how to alter our approaches can, and hopefully will, change the therapy landscape exponentially in the direction of being meaningful and effective. I highly recommend this book to everyone in the helping professions. ---JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., Author of GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS and HOW GIRLS THRIVE
--JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., Author of GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS and HOW GIRLS THRIVE
HOW DO I HELP HIM? is a must have and use now book that gives professionals fresh direction, insights, and strategies for working with boys and men. Written by Michael Gurian, one of the world s foremost experts on male development, this book empowers and equips us to alter counseling environments and theories to work well with males. As Founder of a Counseling and Treatment Center 27 years ago, I only wish this groundbreaking book had been available earlier. --Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., Founder, the Center for Counseling and Health Resources, and Author of HEALING THE SCARS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE
--Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., Founder, the Center for Counseling and Health Resources, and Author of HEALING THE SCARS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE
About the Author
Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty five books, including The Wonder of Boys , The Wonder of Girls , Boys and Girls Learn Differently! , What Could He Be Thinking? and Leadership and the Sexes . He has been a mental health counselor in private practice for twenty one years, and previously taught at Gonzaga University. He lectures widely and has pioneered efforts to provide science-based gender theory and practice to professionals and clinicians around the world.
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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.