Movember has partnered with the youth mental health group Orygen to find out more about the experience of counsellors working with male clients.
The term “counselling” is used to cover all forms of individual talk therapy. Those with male clients are invited to reflect on their experiences of treating men and how these services can be improved.
This follows a recent client-facing survey initiated by the same group, where men were asked to report back on their experiences of having therapy or other forms of mental health support from professionals and allied workers.
The clinician research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne and is being led by Dr Zac Seidler with Associate Professor Simon Rice and Mr Michael Wilson.
“This project is broadly about counselling experiences with men,” states the research team.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and asks broad questions, such as what the counsellor finds enjoyable – and challenging – about their role, which techniques they find most useful in engaging male clients and common presenting concerns among male clients.
“We know that many men have difficulty engaging in counselling, so identifying particular areas to adapt the counselling process to meet the needs of male clients is key.”
While the survey is confidential, those who enter their email address will go into the draw to win one of 20 $100 vouchers.