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Friday Evening Program: Behind the Mask: the Inner World of Men in Psychotherapy, Part 2, presented by Gary Gross

  • Fri, September 19, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA


Friday Evening Program
September 19, 2014
Behind the Mask: the Inner World of Men in Psychotherapy, Part 2

Presented by Gary Gross, LMFT

When men find their way into therapy, it is often under significant duress. They have likely been struggling with unresolved issues for many years, and sometimes have made a bad situation worse in an effort to ease their pain.  But instead of seeing therapy as a proactive and courageous step toward better mental health, entering treatment is more often a reaction to internal or external pressures and symbolically represents failure, weakness, or both. This means therapists typically begin their individual or couples work with men with a built-in handicap.

Because of a variety of factors, how men cope with common life stressors creates significant problems that impact their ability to be vulnerable or intimate. This presentation will address the life issues that create problems for men, and the many ways that they respond, often with self-destructive and shame-inducing behaviors. Treatment is enhanced if we know how to help men navigate these behaviors with compassion and we can create a working relationship that does not further contribute to their shame.

Gary Gross has been involved professionally with the concerns of boys and men since the late 1970’s when he helped organize the first California Men’s Gathering and taught coursework on Men and Masculinity at City College of San Francisco.  He obtained an M.A. in Sociology in 1976, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 1984, and has been in private practice since 1987.  He has worked at several local non-profit agencies, matching boys with men at Big Brothers and Sisters, developing the first (and only) treatment program in Marin for juvenile sex offenders at Family Service Agency, and running groups for abused boys through the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. He specializes in working with boys, men and couples and provides consultation to groups and other professionals regarding best practices with this population.  To learn more about his work, visit his website at

  • Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Time: Networking is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 fee for non-Marin CAMFT members.
  • Continuing education units: 1.5
  • Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA (map)
  • Information: For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chair, Gary Gross 

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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