Men do not often enter into counseling or therapy because they are having difficulties with being a father, but many of the presenting problems and self-described reasons for seeking help can be related to the roles and responsibilities of parenting. There are different expectations associated with being a father today than in previous generations, and now men are often faced with conflicting views, roles, and responsibilities. This book provides the mental health practitioner with a guide for working with fathers in therapy, whether the issues of parenting are at the center of the discussions or in the background.The organization of the book speaks to the variety of today's fathers and the issues that they face. A first section provides an introduction, an historical overview of gender role conflict theory and a general strengths-based, positive psychology approach to working with fathers. Section II looks at specific populations of fathers, including first time fathers, young fathers, stay-at-home-dads, gay fathers and older fathers. Section III takes a cross-cultural approach, with a series of chapters that look at counseling with Caucasian, Latino, Black and Asian fathers.
"Counseling Fathers" will provide the most up to date and comprehensive resource for family and individual practitioners who work with men.
Pleck, Foreword. Oren, Oren, Preface: Counseling Diverse Populations of Fathers. Part I: Historical Perspectives and Current Directions. Levant, Wimer, The New Fathering Movement. Oren, Englar-Carlson, Stevens, Oren, Counseling Fathers from a Strength-based Perspective. O'Neill, Luan, An Assessment Paradigm for Fathers and Men in Therapy Using Gender Role Conflict Theory. Part II: Counseling Fathers Across Ethnic Groups. Cervantes, Mexican American Fatherhood: Culture, Machismo, and Spirituality. Seto, Becker, Narang, Working with Asian American Fathers. Franklin, Another Side of Invisibility: Present and Responsible Black Fathers. Owen, Glass, Counseling Caucasian Fathers: Affirming Cultural Strengths While Addressing White Male Priviledge. Part III: Counseling Specific Populations of Fathers. Robertson, Challenges and Clinical Issues in Counseling Religously Affiliated Fathers. Berger, Increasing Clinical and Contextual Awareness When Working with New Fathers. Rochlen, McKelley, Working Therapeutically with Stay-at-Home Fathers. Arcinue, Prince, Counseling Teen Fathers: A Developmentally Sensitive Strength-based Approach. Alonzo, Counseling Gay Fathers: Stepping into the New Frontier. Remer, Massoth, Crumpton, Oren, Oren, Counseling Older Fathers.