Navigating Toxic Masculinity in Clients as a Beginning Therapist

Jeffrey Cristensen, Justin Henderson, Cort Dorn-Mederios, Ian Lertora

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide counseling students with a framework that will allow them to broach gender with male clients and to navigate conversations that may elicit anxiety for beginning counselors. This will be done through the case example of Whitney, a graduate student who just started internship. Her client is Rick, a client in his 50s, who is coming to services because of receiving a DUI and needing to complete counseling for his diversion mandate. Whitney is younger than Rick and has the experience of having some discomforting exchanges with him, such as remarks on how “bright” she is and a passing comment her outfit. The strategies proposed in this case study are grounded in the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies and in Relational Cultural Theory and will give students a framework for understanding clients who may respond like Rick.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNavigating Toxic Masculinity in Clients as a Beginning Therapist
StatePublished - May 15 2019


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