What's so toxic about masculinity? - Michael Beattie

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£99.00

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DATE

7 & 14 October 2022 Live & On Demand

TIME

UK: 15:00 – 18:00 on both days
North America: 10:00 – 13:00 EST / 7:00 – 10:00 PST on both days

CPD & CE credits available: 6

TRAINING information

A two-part seminar series exploring the challenges of contemporary masculinities

This online training is streaming live on the 7th & 14th October 2022.

The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 9th & 16th October. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.

Day 1

PART ONE: DECONSTRUCTING THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ORTHODOX MASCULINITY

Every part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, is touched by gender identity and the cultural and contextual meanings made of it. However, perhaps because of the very pervasive nature of gendered experience, reflexivity around one’s own gender identity is rarely covered in much depth in professional trainings.

But at the same time, the ways gender roles are understood and experienced has changed radically over the last century. While a simple, fixed masculine-feminine binary was once taken for granted, gender is now widely agreed to be a more complex and diverse experience for many. We have seen traditional, orthodox ways of being masculine in Western cultures being challenged by feminism and gay and civil rights movements. And, just as more inclusive, emotionally sensitive ways of being masculine are emerging, we are also seeing resistance to change exemplified in the rise of social frameworks that valorise traditional masculine norms of self-reliance, winners-and-losers and homogeneity over diversity.

In these turbulent times for gender politics in general and masculinities in particular, we explore the psychology of men and masculinities in a two-part seminar series:

In Part One, our focus is on understanding gender, masculinities and the ways in which boys and men are socialised into manhood in Western culture.  We identify the norms that govern orthodox masculinity and uncover important ways in which masculinity is produced by men in their public and private lives and in their social and intimate relationships.

In Part Two, we turn our attention to how attempting to follow the norms of orthodox masculinity shows up in the consulting room with our male clients.

Using the latest research and clinical case studies the aim across both seminars is to build an affirmative therapeutic practice, both for working with men as well as with clients dealing with issues that affect the men in their lives.

Day 2

PART TWO: WORKING WITH THE EFFECTS OF ORTHODOX MASCULINITY

Every part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not, is touched by gender identity and the cultural and contextual meanings made of it.  However, perhaps because of the very pervasive nature of gendered experience, reflexivity around one’s own gender identity is rarely covered in much depth in professional trainings.

Nevertheless, we can see that gender role norms are pervasive in therapeutic discourse too. It is sometime argued, for example, that containment could be seen as ‘feminine’ and insight as ‘masculine’. So, how are the various powers and privileges inherent in gender role positions transacted in the therapeutic space? What can we learn from modernity and the growing plurality of gendered identities? Do changes in gender politics and identity as patriarchy is overcome signal a more inclusive future for therapy?

In these turbulent times for gender politics in general and masculinities in particular, we explore the psychology of men and masculinities in a two-part seminar series:

In Part One, we looked at gender, masculinities and the ways in which boys and men are socialised into manhood in Western culture, as well as their lived experience across public and private domains and in interpersonal relationships.

In Part Two, we now turn our attention to understanding how pursuing the norms of orthodox masculinity shows up in the consulting room with our male clients. There’s never been a more important time to support men and boys in improving the quality of their mental health. Especially given the challenges that orthodox ways of being masculine present to help-seeking and the kind of emotional openness and vulnerability that therapy can require.

Using the latest research and clinical case studies the aim across both seminars is to build an affirmative therapeutic practice, both for working with men as well as with clients dealing with issues that affect the men in their lives.

Learning Objectives

Day 1:

  • Reflexivity: empathy for how gender-role socialization affects all people and particularly how male gender role socialization affects men
  • Gender & Masculinities: building familiarity with philosophy of gender as well as Connell’s ‘Hegemonic Masculinity’ model and Mahalik et al.’s (2003) Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory
  • Normative masculinity: how orthodox masculinity is a construct with an impossible ideal that is always being attempted and competed for and how it is a tribal identity that is produced, maintained and transacted through power relations across multiple domains

Day 2:

  • CMNI creates process issues: building familiarity with latest research data on how rigidly held gender roles beliefs create problems in help seeking, restricted emotionality and shame, anger and aggression and compartmentalisation
  • Working with masculine scripts – consider the scripts men are working with and use motivational interviewing techniques and appropriate self-disclosure to defuse gender specific stigma
  • Self-compassion: appreciation how being socialised to deny and avoid self-conscious emotions leads to problems with vulnerability and split-off dependency needs and how to work effectively with this in the room

Agenda

Day 1:  7th October

Session 1: Psychology of Men and Masculinities – 15:00 – 16:15   

An introductory session that explores what gender is and what it means to have a gender identity. We look at current theory and research on how men come to understand masculinity and explore key models of gender role socialisation and their effects in terms of masculine gender role stress. The goal is to appreciate how the dominant ways of demonstrating masculinity and maintaining male privilege in our culture are created and the psychological effects on men and wider society.

 16:15 – 16:30   Break

16:30 – 18:00   Session 2 – Unpacking the Lived Experience

Having identified the norms that govern orthodox masculinity we unpack and explore the lived experience for men in key domains of their lives and how these norms can give rise to psychological distress and maladaptive coping mechanisms:

  • MEN AT HOME

Women traditionally dominate the private space where it can be used as an arena to reinforce the gender functionalism that underpins heteronormativity. So, how do men make sense of their experience of themselves in this private sphere, including in their roles as husband and father?

  • MEN AT WORK

Men traditionally dominate the public space and use it as an arena to produce and reinforce the masculine gender norms of winning, pursuit of status, and, primacy of work. With many men’s principal experience self-worth coming through work, how can this create challenges in relationship, particularly at times of redundancy and retirement?

  • MEN IN LOVE

Pursuing orthodox masculine gender norms makes it harder to connect with others. We look at the role of attachment in understanding masculinity in intimate relationships, men’s understanding of sexuality and the importance of friendship male bonding, loneliness, friendlessness and the fear of other men

Day 2: 14th October

Session 1 – Common Process Issues – 15:00 – 16:15  

We start with identifying some of the principal process issues that men are likely to present with in counselling as a result of struggling with orthodox masculine scripts and suggests ways in which practitioners can work effectively with them:

  • What is with men and asking for directions?
  • Restricted emotionality and shame
  • Anger and aggression
  • Compartmentalisation and the challenge of integration

16:15 – 16:30   Break

16:30 – 18:00   Session 2 – Ways of Working with Men

Having foregrounded this seminar in common process issues, we then look at two thematic approaches to approaching process content:

  • GENDER TRAUMA

Building on Dr Beattie’s own work with Laura Scarrone Bonhomme and the insights of Iantaffi (2021) and others, we consider harsh masculine gender role socialisation as a form of trauma and propose using trauma-informed models of practice to unlock effective work with men

  • SELF-COMPASSION

Orthodox masculinity involves splitting off dependency needs and men often find it hard to be self-compassionate. Interventions informed by Compassion Focused Therapy (Gilbert, 2009) can be another helpful way of approaching the process issues that men present with in therapy

About the Speaker

Dr Michael Beattie is a HCPC Registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a research interest in the psychology of men and masculinities. In addition, he has worked in the field of sexuality, sexual identity and sexual health as well as with issues of gender identity and gender dysphoria. His book Counselling Skills for Working with Gender Identity & Gender Dysphoria was published with colleagues by Jessica Kingsley in 2018. He currently works as a Counselling Psychologist in private practice. Prior to entering the field of counselling psychology Michael worked in marketing communications, facilitating strategic planning and training sessions for clients across the world.

 

CPD/CE

CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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What's so toxic about masculinity? - Michael Beattie

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