142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Normalization: Depathologizing Male Behavior to Create a New Treatment Paradigm

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Alan Ellis, LCSW , Foundation For Male Studies, White Plains, NY
Gerard Treacy, LCSW-R , Board Of Advisors, Foundation For Male Studies, White Plains, NY
Edward Stephens, MD , Foundation For Male Studies, White Plains, NY
Expanding on our 2013 APHA presentation “Working With Men: Reframing The Therapeutic Encounter,” the authors maintain that negative characterization of male responses, or what we have termed “male profiling,” impacts both diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in men.  Based on a careful analysis of brain anatomy and the influences of endocrinology, we have identified a more thoughtful and effective model for understanding both gender differences and male behavior, “maleness,” as a phenomenon and not an illness. Such a model has pertinent implications for psychotherapy and the evaluation of male behavior.  Anatomical differences in the brain underpin the male’s proclivities toward action, problem-solving, and solution-seeking. We argue that understanding both male and female inclinations toward approaching a life situation needs to be viewed as different, yet simultaneously valuable. This leads naturally to a more strength-based, rather than deficit-based system for working with men. When the formulation of health policies and programs are defined more closely by our biological and brain-based differences, we can arrive at a more evidence-based approach to men's health policy and the development of best practices.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate a more effective and thoughtful model of assessing male behavior in a therapeutic context. Identify and evaluate best practices for therapeutic interventions with men, based on biologically-based gender differences.

Keyword(s): Mental Health Treatment &Care, Risk Factors/Assesment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Member, Board Of Advisors for The Foundation For Male Studies. Clinician in both public and private practice for the past 15 years, working at various hospital and and educational settings, including Silver Hill Hospital, VA Hudson Health Care System, and The New York City Dept. of Education. In collaboration with Gerard Treacy, LCSW, have researched and implemented a variety of individual, group and family treatment interventions in mental health and substance abuse programs for men.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.