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MALE-FRIENDLY COUNSELLING: ENHANCING THERAPY WORK WITH MEN - Develop gender-sensitive strategies for working with men and boys. (Sydney)

Nathan Beel, BA (Coun), Grad Dip (Coun), MCoun, PhD
One full day
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Chatswood, NSW
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The Australian Psychological Society and American Psychological Association have produced guidelines for working with men and boys. Unfortunately, few training opportunities exist for working specifically with men.

Males make up approximately 30% of therapy clients and when they do attend, it’s not uncommon for them to struggle to engage with the counselling process. If attending under pressure, they may present with overt resistance and/or aggression.

Many therapists feel underprepared to work with men and do not recognize how ‘therapy-as-usual’ can violate some models norms of traditional manhood.  For example, counselling processes such as focusing on problems or even exploring feelings can invoke shame and defensiveness in some men and damage the therapeutic connection.

Male-friendly therapists adapt their counselling to enhance treatment engagement and effectiveness with men.  This adaptation stems from a theoretically informed understanding about men and masculinities, while equally recognizing differences between men.  Male-friendly therapists are committed to reducing their own personal and professional biases and prejudices, and to utilise 

strategies that are more congruent with men’s socialization, their values, and communication preferences as required.

This training will address the fundamental knowledge, attitudes, and skills to effectively engage men. It is based in research from international literature and also from qualitative interviews with Australia’s own male-friendly therapists who practice from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities.


Feedback for Nathan’s recent training presentations:

“Very helpful to me. Ironically shows me my own biases that are definitely harmful for male therapy. But is also very in-depth about strategies and ways to approach men differently. That embraces their maleness rather than degrading it. Very, very helpful for anyone counselling men.”

“Despite being a man myself, I was unaware of how I may hinder the benefits of counselling to my male clients. This has enabled me to see specific areas I can address to assist male clients be less intimidated by the counselling process as well as understand how clients need to have their masculinity ‘protected’ in each of the phases of counselling. Even during the training, I was thinking of how helpful this will be for specific couples that are struggling to understand each other and respond to each other in postie ways. I enjoyed the methodical, step-by step nature of this training. Thanks Nathan!”

“It has been helpful to understand the differences in men’s counselling. It I also good to see the importance in engaging men in counselling and how the counsellor relates to the male client can deter men from attending counselling. Men’s needs in counselling are different and I now know how important it is to be sensitive to the needs and difference in men as opposed to women.”

“The information and counselling framework I gained by attending this workshop have had an enormous impact and benefit within my counselling practice. As I have shared some of the concepts with my male clients, the principles have really resonated with them. I also feel like my approach is now more informed, and helpful to my clients.”

“Nathan's workshop is one of the best professional development events that I have attended. I do not hesitate to recommend it.”




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University of Southern Queensland

Dr Nathan Beel is a counselling lecturer and Counselling Discipline Coordinator at the University of Southern Queensland, and runs a small private practice. He has been a counsellor for 20 years and has a PhD in male-friendly counselling. Nathan is a clinical member/clinical supervisor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and an academic member of the College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators.  Prior to working in education, Nathan worked as the Client Services Manager in Lifeline Community Care overseeing the general counselling program, financial counselling, and Gambling Help Service for Wide Bay / Burnett.  He has also been the Counsellor Coordinator at Salvo Care Line (a 24-hr crisis line), and started his career working as an addictions counsellor in an all-male Brisbane Recovery Services Centre (Moonyah).  Nathan has scholarly publications in male-friendly counselling, domestic violence, internet counselling ethics, and the common factors of successful counselling outcomes.

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased on the ground floor or from the many surrounding cafes.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP. 
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 

Live Interactive Webcast registration
Fees: $199 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Recognise key theoretical paradigms from which to understand men, their problems and strengths, and how these relate to therapy.
  2. Understand what is required to become a male gender-sensitive therapist.
  3. Understand the strengths and vulnerabilities associated with male and female therapists who work with men.
  4. Develop engagement strategies that are specifically customised for men.  
  5. Identify assessment risks and common issues that men struggle with, including hidden issues.
  6. Identify change aims and transtheoretical strategies of specific relevance to men.​

“Doing therapy with men can be extremely rewarding and powerful, especially when we empathically understand them, what they prefer, and provide them with treatment that connects well with them.”   Nathan Beel   

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Develop a richer empathy and understanding for men that will permeate your therapeutic interactions. 
  • Recognise and transform attitudes towards men that may impair treatment.
  • Learn skills to connect and work effectively with men, including more reluctant clients.


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Common difficulties encountered when working with male clients.
  • Theoretical frameworks for understanding men.
  • What men want and don’t want in therapy.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Strategies that help men connect with the therapist and the therapy.
  • Interventions that motivate, equip, and help men to change and heal.
  • The benefits and vulnerabilities of female and male therapists working with men.


Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here


PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
+61 1300 887 622

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