Counseling Boys and Young Men

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-06-01
  • Publisher: SPRINGER PUB CO INC

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This comprehensive guide to the unique challenges faced by boys and young men encompasses today's most critical issues and presents effective, evidence-based strategies for treating them. Recognizing the specific needs of diverse young males, this text covers such contemporary presenting issues as bullying and harassment, anger management, online gaming, addiction, pornography, and gang membership. The differences between the developmental issues of boys and male adolescents and those of females are addressed, along with the emotional, intellectual, and physical changes boys experience as they move into adolescence. The difficulties faced by counselors in their efforts to access emotional expression in boys are discussed along with strategies to overcome these barriers. Each chapter includes a comprehensive case scenario that highlights the presenting issue, how the issue affects functioning, and how effective treatment is best implemented. Additional resources for more in-depth study are also included throughout the book.Key Features: Provides guidance to the unique psychological issues of boys and young men along with innovative, evidence-based treatment strategiesAddresses such current topics as bullying/harassment, risk-taking behaviors, pornography addiction, gambling, single-parent families, and moreIncludes vivid case studies Explores such social issues as gang membership with a focus on helping young males revise their self-image and social networks

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Understanding and Promoting Healthy Development
The Developmental Path: From Boyhood to Older Adolescencep. 1
Physiological Developmentp. 1
Emotional and Social Development Through Playp. 3
Cognitive Development and Genderp. 5
Learning to Follow Society's Code of Conductp. 12
Case Study: Growing Up as a Boy From an Attachment and Morality Perspective: Stefan's Storyp. 15
Ages 0 to 5p. 15
Through the Lens of Attachment Theoryp. 17
Through the Lens of Moral Development Theoryp. 17
Ages 5 to 9p. 18
Through the Lens of Attachment Theoryp. 19
Through the Lens of Moral Development Theoryp. 19
Ages 10 to 11p. 20
Ages 12 to 14p. 20
Through the Lens of Attachment Theoryp. 21
Through the Lens of Moral Development Theoryp. 22
Ages 15 to 18 (Catholic High School)p. 22
Through the Lens of Attachment Theoryp. 24
Through the Lens of Moral Development Theoryp. 24
Conclusionp. 25
Talking to the Beat of a Different Drum: Speaking So He Can Listen and Listening So He Can Speakp. 29
Working With Young Males in Counselingp. 29
Case Study: Elementary School Boys Aged 9 to 11- Travis Aged 13p. 36
Conclusions and Additional Resourcesp. 38
Understanding Male Adolescent Diversityp. 41
The Adolescent Male Clientp. 41
Approach to Counseling the Adolescent Male or Young Manp. 46
Tips for Counselorsp. 51
Conclusionp. 53
When Learning Is "Different": Readin', Writin', 'Rithmetic, and Giftedness?p. 59
Reading Disorderp. 60
Disorder of Written Expressionp. 63
Mathematics Learning Disorderp. 65
Giftednessp. 66
Summaryp. 67
Case Study: Trey, Age 13p. 67
Suggested Resourcesp. 69
Untold Stories of Potential: Career Counseling With Male Children and Adolescentsp. 73
Career Adaptabilityp. 75
Career Development in Childhoodp. 76
How Career Identity Developsp. 78
Career Identity Development: Super's Causal Modelp. 81
Play: A Career Counseling Intervention With Males in Early and Middle Childhoodp. 82
Career Counseling With Adolescent Malesp. 85
Conclusionp. 91
Appendix Ap. 94
Relationship Development and Relationship Concerns
Relationship Development With Family and Friendsp. 97
Family Networksp. 98
Peer Networksp. 102
Counseling Implicationsp. 107
Case Study: Finding His Place: Nathaniel, 5 Years Oldp. 109
Working With Boys From Single-Parent Homesp. 119
Single-Parent Families Todayp. 119
Effects of Being Raised in a Single-Parent Householdp. 119
Living in the Middle of a High-Conflict Divorcep. 120
Evidence-Based Interventions and Innovative Approachesp. 126
Case Study: Abrahim, Age 12p. 128
Case Study: Jessie, Age 13p. 130
Summaryp. 132
Additional Resourcesp. 132
Romantic Relationships: From Wrestling to Romancep. 135
Romantic Relationships as Normal Developmentp. 135
Communicationp. 136
Sexual Developmentp. 137
Sexual Relationship Developmentp. 138
Teen Fatherhoodp. 141
Dating Violencep. 145
Case Study: Teen Heartthrobp. 145
Case Study: Teen Fatherp. 147
Resourcesp. 150
Counseling Gay and Questioning Boys and Young Menp. 155
Sexual Orientation, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Identityp. 156
Recommendations for Counselors and Other Helping Professionalsp. 159
Case Study: Martin, Age 16p. 162
Helpful Internet Resourcesp. 166
Recommended Books for Youthp. 167
Recommended Books for Counselors and Helping Professionalsp. 167
Emotional and Mental Health Concerns
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Young Malesp. 171
Prevalence and Diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorderp. 171
Suggested Interventions for Treating ADHDp. 172
Counseling, Activity-Based, and Expressive Interventionsp. 173
Case Study: A Journey Through Tyler's Worldp. 175
Suggested Resourcesp. 182
Navigating the Challenges of Connecting With Male Youth: Empowering Real-Time Interventions Through Adventure-Based Counselingp. 185
Adventure-Based Counseling With Young Malesp. 185
A History of ABCp. 187
Current Applications of ABCp. 191
Male Developmental Considerationsp. 196
The Future of ABCp. 216
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Helping Young Males Connectp. 221
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 222
Treating Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 225
Case Study: Brian-A Third Grader With ASDp. 237
Case Study: Eugene-A Young Adult With ASDp. 239
Concluding Remarksp. 242
Understanding and Treating Victimization and Abusep. 247
Prevalence of the Problemp. 247
Signs and Symptoms of Maltreatmentp. 248
Sibling Abusep. 251
Abuse of Parentsp. 251
Impact of Maltreatmentp. 252
Treatmentp. 254
Case Study: Bart, Age 14p. 256
Resources for Professionalsp. 260
Resources for Sexual Abusep. 260
Understanding the Child's World of Griefp. 263
The Impact of Lossp. 263
Importance of Facilitating the Grief Processp. 264
Child-Centered Play Therapyp. 265
Case Study: CCPT With Tom, a 7-Year-Old Boyp. 267
Implications for Counselors and Play Therapistsp. 276
Emotional Concerns: When Life Doesn't Feel "Right"p. 279
Emotional Concerns in Adolescents and Young Adultsp. 279
Anxiety Disordersp. 279
Mood Disordersp. 280
Body Image and Eating Disordersp. 281
Self-Injurious Behaviorsp. 283
Suicide: Risk Assessment and Preventionp. 284
Interventionsp. 285
Case Study: Helping Jake Move Out of the Darkp. 286
Further Readingp. 290
Behavior Disorders and Concerns
Identifying the Cycle: Assessing Addictions in Young Menp. 295
Addictions in Adolescent Malesp. 295
Definitions and Criteria of Addictionp. 296
Assessment Strategiesp. 298
Chemical Addictionsp. 301
Process Addictionsp. 311
Conclusionp. 317
Stopping the Cycle: Treating Addictions in Young Menp. 327
Strategies for Treating Young Men With Addictive Disordersp. 327
The Family's Involvementp. 329
Case Study: Don't Bet on Itp. 338
Conclusionp. 341
Out of Bounds: Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorderp. 343
Overviewp. 343
Suggested Interventions/Treatment Strategiesp. 347
Case Study: Alex, Age 7p. 349
Conclusionp. 354
Additional Resourcesp. 355
Bullying and Its Opposite: Harnessing the Power of the Heroes in the School Room, Therapy Room, and on the Playgroundp. 359
Overviewp. 359
Interventions and Best Practices for Individual and Group Therapyp. 360
Clinical Work With a Victim of Bullyingp. 365
Case Study: Richard, Age 12p. 365
School Interventions and Strategiesp. 367
Case Study: Systematic Prevention Programp. 371
Conclusions and Summaryp. 374
Anger Management for Adolescentsp. 379
The Dynamics of Angerp. 379
A Theoretical Framework for Understanding and Treating Angerp. 381
Case Study: The Case of Jasonp. 384
Summaryp. 395
Suggested Resourcesp. 396
Gang Membership and Interventionsp. 399
Background of Gangs in the United Statesp. 399
Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Strategiesp. 402
Specific Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Components and Evaluationp. 404
Case Study: Reggie, Age 11p. 409
Conclusionp. 417
Indexp. 419
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