Men and therapy - key approaches to working with men

This webcast series explores a wide range of issues of concern to men and therapists by drawing on the wisdom of a range of experienced practitioners who work with men.

Speakers include: Richard Curen, Robert Hudson, Dr Laurie Leitch, Martin Pollecoff, Dr Terry Real, Professor Andrew Samuels, Tom Warnecke and Dr David Wexler.

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Men and therapy - key approaches to working with men (8 hours CPD)

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Key approaches to working with men

Current UK statistics show that both prison and suicide rates for men are high. Young men are falling behind in secondary education and porn addiction is described as a 21st century epidemic. As therapists working with men in different pockets of society, how do we reflect on this? What can we do to reduce these statistics and what effective strategies can we employ?

This webcast series, Men and Therapy - key approaches to working with men, explores a number of key topics that men bring to therapy from shame, depression and acting out to violence, vulnerability and porn addiction.

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Programme - 8 hours CPD

Session 1: I don't want to talk about it
with Dr Terry Real Click here to preview this webcast
Learn how to:
- Articulate the relationship between resistance and self-esteem issues
- Distinguish characteristics of shame and grandiosity.
- Help grandiose, narcissistic clients enter into relationship
- Help passive-resistant men step up.

Session 2: Men and depression
with Martin Pollecoff Click here to preview this webcast
You'll be able to:
- Take an organic approach with men and depression
- How to keep your client engaged with 'Punching the wound'
- Avoid the mistake of confusing a lack of emotional knowledge with resistance
- Gaining an empathy for the male condition and the 'external unconscious'.

Session 3: Men and vulnerability
with Tom Warnecke Click here to preview this webcast
- How to understand the dynamics of vulnerability and how they affect men in particular
- A relational and skill-oriented approach to working with vulnerability states
- Suitable interventions for working with vulnerability states
- And consider how such work may affect the therapist.

Session 4: Men and shame
with Dr David Wexler Click here to preview this webcast
You'll learn how to:
- Develop advanced knowledge of the key role that “shame-o-phobia”
- Enhance skills in developing a therapeutic relationship based on straightforward guidance and “guy talk” rather than ambiguous “therapy-speak”
- Adopt specific strategies for helping men deal with shame.

Session 5: Men and trauma
with Dr Laurie Leitch Click here to preview this webcast
- 3 ways that neuroscience research can contribute to the design of resiliency-oriented interventions;
- How you can inadvertently re-traumatize clients and contribute to dysregulation
- Define The Resilient Zone and at least 1 way to help deepen it.

Session 6: Porn addiction - a 21st century epidemic?
with Robert Hudson Click here to preview this webcast
- The nature and impact of porn addiction and compulsivity
- The impact of porn addiction and compulsivity on the partner
- How to understand the trauma of the discovery and manage the crisis
- How to deal with the emotional aftershock.

Session 7: Men and violence
with Richard Curen Click here to preview this webcast
Discover how:
- The roots of violence might be traced back to deficits in child development
- And why men tend towards hurting others as opposed to hurting themselves
- Men express violence in sexual relationships
- Manifestations of violence emerge and can be contained in treatment with men.

Session 8: Men in society
with Professor Andrew Samuels Click here to preview this webcast

- Explore social and political issues in relation to men and therapy from a historical perspective
- Understand the role of father in men’s personal development – having a father and being a father
- Encounter current thinking in psychotherapy in relation to men in the West
- Reflect on clinical issues concerning men in the therapy situation.


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Richard Curen is a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist working predominantly with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorders and those with mental health problems. He consults to a number of organisations working with adolescents and adults with sexually harmful and/or offending behaviours. He has worked in the sexual violence and domestic abuse  field since 1995. He has also worked in community substance misuse services. Richard has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally on issues relating violence and abuse.

Robert Hudson is Psychotherapist, Sex and Relationship Therapist and a Sexual Addiction Specialist and Supervisor. He is Founder and Clinical Director of the Hudson Centre for Psychotherapy and Recovery in the Centre of London, a recognised therapy centre for treating individual and couples experiencing trauma, sex addiction, sex therapy, love addiction and couple counselling.

Dr Laurie Leitch, Ph.D. has been a practicing psychotherapist, clinical trainer, consultant, social entrepreneur and researcher for over 25 years. She is Director of Threshold GlobalWorks, based in New York City, dedicated to cultivating the social dimension of resilience in individuals and within communities, enterprises and systems. Leitch’s neuroscience-based curriculum, Social Resilience Model (SRM) builds resilience at the individual and system’s level. She has provided SRM training and treatment in military, medical, educational, corrections, and corporate settings nationally and internationally.

Martin Pollecoff is a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor. He is the founder of, a nationwide network of therapists who offer reduced-cost therapy, to ex-servicemen and women, and their families. In a previous life he was a trainer in Exegesis, living within a psycho-spiritual business community and working as a Trainer and Management Consultant. Martin holds a MSc. in ‘Change Agent Skills and Strategies’ as well as his Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy.

Dr Terry Real is a nationally recognized family therapist, author, and teacher. He is particularly known for his groundbreaking work on men and male psychology as well as his work on gender and couples; he has been in private practice for over twenty-five years.Terry has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News. His work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as media venues such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and many others.


Professor Andrew Samuels is a Jungian analyst, university professor, author, activist and political consultant. He is well known for his work at the interface of psychotherapy and politics. His work on sexuality, relationships, spirituality, men and fathers has been widely appreciated. He is a former Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His many books have been translated into 19 languages.

Tom Warnecke is a relational and somatic psychotherapist, supervisor, artist and writer. He is a trainer at Re-Vision in London, teaches internationally, and facilitates small and large groups events. Previously, he also worked in community mental health services and developed a relational-somatic approach to Borderline dynamics. He is editor of "The Psyche in the Modern World: Psychotherapy and Society" (Karnac, 2015), a co-editor for the international journal "Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy" and published a number of papers and book chapters. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) and a past Vice-chair of UKCP

Dr David B. Wexler, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute in San Diego, and the author of many books and articles on men’s issues, including When Good Men Behave Badly, The STOP Domestic Violence Program, and Men in Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment. Dr. Wexler may be contacted through his institute website at

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