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The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

Series Editor: Mark Kiselica

During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, a handful of pioneering mental health professionals and scholars began to focus their work on the unique challenges associated with helping men in counseling and psychotherapy. In 1978, a team of 27 authors published 15 articles on counseling men in a special edition of The Counseling Psychologist (Skovholt, Gormally, Schauble & Davis, 1978). This landmark publication was one of the first projects to address a variety of topics pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and the process of working with men in therapy, and it helped to inspire the gradual development of a network of counselors and psychologists interested in the special needs of men in counseling.

An ever-widening circle of social scientists and mental health professionals has combined their efforts to form professional associations centered on studying, understanding and helping men. For example, for several consecutive years during the early 1990s, a group of psychologists specializing in men’s issues held meetings at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) with the goal of establishing a formal organization dedicated to the psychology of men and masculinity. One outcome of these meetings was the formation of The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), which became an official division of APA in 1995. Originally consisting of a handful of psychologists specializing in the study and treatment of adult men, SPSMM now consists of hundreds of psychologists whose interests not only include men and masculinity, but also the psychological development of boys and the process of counseling young boys and adolescent males. Thus, studying and helping males across the lifespan is now a mainstream subject in psychology.

Interest in the psychological make-up of males now permeates our society, represented by mental health professionals, social scientists, community volunteers, teachers, ministers and parents who want to help boys and men to lead more fulfilling lives. The purpose of The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men is to respond to this demand by fostering the development of specialized books on the clinical process of helping boys and men in counseling and psychotherapy. Through his many roles as a professor and former chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey, a 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 will address the following potential topics:

  • Counseling gay boys and men
  • Addictions counseling with boys and men
  • Helping older men
  • Psychotherapy with depressed and suicidal boys and men
  • Couples counseling with men
  • Counseling gifted boys
  • Counseling men in prisons
  • 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
  • Preventing date rape
  • Counseling men who batter women
  • Psychotherapy with boys and men who have been sexually abused

The long-term goal of the series is to create the most comprehensive set of books focused on helping boys and men that has ever been assembled.

New and Published Books

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  1. Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys

    A Strengths-Based Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators

    Edited by Michael M. Kocet

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, & Boys: A Strengths-Based Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators provides practitioners and educators with critical information needed to help navigate the therapeutic and educational terrain of working with gay males. While other books address a broad...

    Published June 11th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Counseling Widowers

    By Jason M. Troyer

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Working with widowers can be one of the most challenging parts of a therapist’s career. Despite the need for better research and professional guidance, therapists have often been left alone to confront a group struggling with high rates of suicide, mortality, physical health problems, and...

    Published May 5th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men

    Insights and Innovations

    Edited by Aaron B. Rochlen, Fredric E. Rabinowitz

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men is a unique collection of personal and engaging contributions from nationally recognized scholars and clinicians with expertise in treating men. The editors have selected men’s clinicians who address areas as diverse as sexual dysfunction, male bonding over...

    Published August 26th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Men, Addiction, and Intimacy

    Strengthening Recovery by Fostering the Emotional Development of Boys and Men

    By Mark S. Woodford

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    In the substance abuse and addiction treatment realm, males outnumber females two to one. While gender-issues are seen as a key element of women’s treatment, the acknowledgement that males are "gendered beings" who have lived lives full of male-specific developmental challenges is often overlooked....

    Published May 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  5. Tough Guys and True Believers

    Managing Authoritarian Men in the Psychotherapy Room

    By John M. Robertson

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Some men are especially difficult to manage in the psychotherapy room. They are controlling, exploitive, rigid, aggressive, and prejudiced. In a word, they are Authoritarian. This book is a guide for therapists and counselors who work with these men, offering an understanding of their psychological...

    Published March 11th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Gender in the Therapy Hour

    Voices of Female Clinicians Working with Men

    Edited by Holly Barlow Sweet

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    There is no shortage of literature about working with men in counseling and psychotherapy, but almost none of it addresses the unique issues that a female clinician can face with a male client. These women do not have a basis for a complete understanding of the impact our society’s ideas about...

    Published March 4th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Engaging Men in Couples Therapy

    Edited by David Shepard, Michele Harway

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    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...

    Published July 24th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Dying to be Men

    Psychosocial, Environmental, and Biobehavioral Directions in Promoting the Health of Men and Boys

    By Will Courtenay

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Masculinity has a powerful effect on the health of men and boys. Indeed, many of the behaviors they use to "be men" actually increase their risk of disease, injury, and death. In this book, Dr. Will Courtenay, an internationally recognized expert on men’s health, provides a foundation for...

    Published April 14th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Engaging Boys in Treatment

    Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process

    Edited by Craig Haen

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Traditional therapy can often be an off-putting experience for boys as it is in direct opposition to the ways they generally interact and connect with others. This book explores a variety of creative approaches that professionals can use to enhance the clinical experience and better reach their...

    Published February 27th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Psychotherapy with Older Men

    By Tammi Vacha-Haase, Stephen R. Wester, Heidi Fowell Christianson

    Series: The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men

    Growing older can be a time of great joy and satisfaction for men as they look back on their accomplishments and gain more free time, but it can also be a challenging and distressing experience, especially for those men raised with the very traditional notions of what it means to be a "real man."...

    Published August 9th 2010 by Routledge

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