The field must rid itself of "either/or" thinking that states that support for men's needs represents an affront to women.
Men's trauma too often remains invisible to those affected by it and to the professionals who treat them.
Many men have internalized a perpetrator image of males and do not consider themselves worthy of compassion or healing.
So many men suffer needlessly in early recovery because their experiences of trauma have never been acknowledged.
What are your experiences in working with men in treatment, and what approaches have you taken to be gender-responsive?
This first blog in a yearlong series lays out a theoretical framework for men's treatment that is inspired by the work of Stephanie Covington in women's services.
While it would be difficult to write this next entry without it seeming like a commercial for the Helping Men Recover curriculum, the point is that providing men-specific and trauma-informed services isn't just a good idea to help your clients but it also helps your business.
In the second part of a three-part series, Rick Dauer shares more personally about the effect that being a part of the Helping Men Recover had on him and two other counselors.
Helping Men Recover (Covington, Griffin, and Dauer; Jossey-Bass 2011) is the first gender-responsive and trauma-informed curriculum for men who have alcohol and other drug addictions.
Over the next three months my colleague, Rick Dauer, a co-author of the Helping Men Recover curriculum, is going to share the impact that being involved in the development of this new framework for men's treatment has had on him personally and professionally as well as on the men going through the curriculum and the professional staff delivering it.