WRITTEN ON 30 Jun, 2022.
LANGLEY, British Columbia, Canada – Dr. Michael Dadson is launching a men’s mental health group to address the critical need to overcome barriers faced by men.
According to Dadson:
“Often men are conditioned to function in the workplace for long hours, in some cases more hours on the work site than at home with their partners and children. Much of their time is spent in a place where emotions do not hold much value if any.”
The Problem: Men’s Mental Health Crisis
According to several mental health bodies, a crisis in men’s mental health is underway right now:
The Approach: Working Groups for Men
Overcoming the stereotypically “masculine” lack of emotional sophistication is key to the healing process. Sometimes in team sports, an individual effort is not enough, and a team facilitator, or coach, is required. This can be particularly true for men’s mental health issues. Several studies involving military veterans and first responders show that men respond very well to working on their mental health in groups.
According to this publication by Dr. Michael Dadson, when men work together as a group, outcomes can significantly improve:
“Evaluation of a group intervention for veterans who experienced military-related trauma”
“Men like to work at something for a sustained period of time and attending one-hour sessions can feel slow; men like to see the results of their sustained work,” says Dr. Michael Dadson.
The new men’s mental health group is a 3-day intensive session so that men can realize the results of their work.
The Solution: Overcoming Cultural Conditioning and Adapting to Cultural Shifts
Cultural conditioning is a major barrier preventing men from accessing mental health care. It is well-documented that men’s mental health issues are minimized and that men face social and cultural barriers to seeking help. Historically, men have been taught that providing for their families is their primary responsibility.
Many male-dominated workplaces, even today, do not place a high value on emotions and relationships unless they contribute to the goals of the workplace. As a result, often men do not always learn or understand the value of emotions and empathy, or that these can contribute to their own mental health, and the mental health of their loved ones.
According to Dr. Michael Dadson, groups work well as an alternative to hourly counselling sessions for men:
“Many men are extremely competent, working well with other people when they know their role. They are given tools and the skills, and are shown, hands-on, how to use them. When men work together as a whole, outcomes can significantly improve. Mental health issues are often more effectively tackled in groups where men are working together than in one hour weekly individual therapy sessions.”
Intensive Work Group for Men: “Growing Our Mental Health”
Led by renowned men’s mental health specialist, Dr. Michael Dadson:
Who Can Benefit from the Group:
Men suffering from a wide variety of issues, including the following, can benefit from Dr. Michael Dadson’s workgroup for men:
Outcomes / Objectives
Each participant prepares with some emerging goals that are shared and will be worked on in the group.
Participants can expect the following:
This is a demonstrated recovery strategy for men from trauma, workplace stress, family and couples’ conflicts, divorce recovery, parenting challenges, childhood psychological trauma, loss, death, and grief.
Dr. Michael Dadson, Ph.D.
Title: Senior Clinical Director of Practice, Gentle Currents Therapy – Counselling and Neurofeedback Therapy
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Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FNWtcTcAAAAJ&hl=en
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLnx2V8zK9VEg60V5NH2fDQ
Trauma, PTSD, men’s mental health, relationship counselling, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Michael Dadson’s certifications include:
Dr. Michael Dadson
Gentle Currents Therapy Counselling and Neurofeedback