Bridging Separate Gender Worlds: Why Men and Women Clash and How Therapists Can Bring Them Together

Pages: 410
Item #: 4317760
ISBN: 978-1-55798-381-7
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Bridging Separate Gender Worlds provides therapists with gender-sensitive techniques and interventions to help clients understand the challenges of today's confused gender expectations. The authors offer three models of interventions for working with different types of clients. They also detail various methods that can be used within any type of therapy: the gender inquiry, the gender role journey, and the coevolution process. These practical solutions and techniques can help therapists transform angry confrontations and helpless confusion into nonblaming empathy and change.

Backed up by research and richly illustrated with case examples, this volume eschews the angry polemics of gender debates and the easy solutions of popular trade books. Instead, the authors provide therapists and students with an excellent resource for exploring gender issues within the therapeutic relationship.

Table of Contents




  1. Warning: Sexist Therapy May Be Hazardous to Your Health

I. The Gender Revolution

  1. Process and Outcomes of Traditional Gender Socialization
  2. Women's Gender-Role Stress and Changing Status
  3. Men's Gender-Role Strain
  4. Clash of the Genders: When the Two Worlds Collide

II. Gender-Sensitive Interventions and Techniques

  1. Gender-Sensitive Psychotherapy
  2. Therapeutic Interventions
  3. Gender Inquiry
  4. Gender Coevolution
  5. Power and Violence in Male–Female Relationships
  6. Applications to Parent–Child and Work Relationships

Epilogue: The Therapist's Role in Social Revolution

Appendix: Confidentiality


Suggested Readings on Women's Issues

Suggested Readings on Men's Issues


About the Authors

Author Bios

Carol Philpot, PsyD, is associate dean, associate director of clinical training, and professor of psychology at the School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, where she also directs the marriage and family track and teaches psychology of gender. Dr. Philpot also serves as director of community psychological services of Florida Tech, a training clinic for upper- level doctoral students. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), a past president of APA's Division of Family Psychology, a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Psychology and has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the area of gender-sensitive psychotherapy.

Gary R. Brooks, PhD, is an associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral science with the Texas A & M University Health Sciences Center, adjunct faculty member at Baylor University, and instructor of men's studies with Texas Women's University. He is also the chief of psychology service at the O. E. Teague Veterans Center in Temple, Texas. Dr. Brooks is past president of APA's Division of Family Psychology and president elect of the Division for the Study of Men and Masculinity. He is the author of numerous publications dealing with men's issues, including The Centerfold Syndrome.

Don-David Lusterman, PhD, is in private practice in Baldwin, New York. He founded the program in family counseling at Hofstra University. He was the founding executive director of the American Board of Family Psychology, which is now a part of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is an ABPP diplomate in family psychology, a fellow of the APA and of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and was named APA Family Psychologist of the Year in 1987. He is coeditor of Integrating Family Therapy: Handbook of Family Psychology and Systems Theory, serves as consulting editor for the Journal of Family Psychology, and is on the editorial board of American Journal of Family Therapy.

Roberta L. Nutt, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the counseling psychology doctoral and master's programs at Texas Women's University. She is the chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. She received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Dallas Psychological Association in 1992. Dr. Nutt is a fellow of the APA and president elect of the Division of Family Psychology. She has presented widely and has written numerous articles and book chapters in the area of gender-sensitive psychotherapy.