Game Plan: A Man's Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness

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If you're a man, get ready to unleash the hero inside, and if you're a woman, get ready to understand men like never before. This practical and provocative book is packed with the lessons your dad never taught you about living life to the fullest, free from addiction and other self-destructive behaviors. From "Growing up Male" to "Men and Their Children," Game Plan tells it the way only a man sees it and only as a man can hear it.

David J. Powell, PhD, is president of the ...

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Overview

If you're a man, get ready to unleash the hero inside, and if you're a woman, get ready to understand men like never before. This practical and provocative book is packed with the lessons your dad never taught you about living life to the fullest, free from addiction and other self-destructive behaviors. From "Growing up Male" to "Men and Their Children," Game Plan tells it the way only a man sees it and only as a man can hear it.

David J. Powell, PhD, is president of the International Center for Health Concerns, Inc. and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. He trains internationally on clinical supervision, family therapy, and men's issues in recovery. He is the author of Playing Life's Second Half: A Man's Guide for Turning Success into Significance.

Alan Lyme, LCSW, is clinical supervisor for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Grant Program in Georgia. Alan is a Motivational Interviewing trainer, an internationally certified clinical supervisor, and an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor.

Stephen Andrew, LCSW, is an international consultant and trainer. He serves as the chief energizing officer for Health Education & Training Institute in Portland, Maine. Stephen is a true visionary and is the creator of SpiritWind, a CD series for personal growth and recovery.

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Library Journal
By far, most readers of self-help books are women, so these writers are going out on a limb targeting men for psychological life improvement. Jantz (founder, Ctr. for Counseling & Health Resources, Seattle) addresses men's private compulsive behaviors that are detrimental to their health, work, sense of self, and relationships. He spells out negative behaviors (pornography, emotional withdrawal, consumption) and fears (inadequacy and the need to compete), as well as cures (asking for help, loving oneself enough to say no, and dealing with reality). Lyme, Powell, and Andrew touch on some aspects of addiction and self-destructive behaviors, but go further into the psychosocial aspects of being brought up male and living as a man in this society. Basing their advice not only on research, but also on case studies and notes from male support groups, the authors ask readers to reflect on their own emotional and spiritual life and tie it into the reasons for current ideas and behavior. A particularly interesting part of the book is the section on videotherapy in which particular movies are listed with their male-related themes and discussion questions. Both books have something to offer, although the first is geared more to individual reading and the second to groups.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936290963
  • Publisher: Central Recovery Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,426,586
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Alan Lyme: Alan Philip Lyme, MSW, ICADC, ICCS, MINT is clinical supervisor for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Grant Program in Georgia. He is the former clinical director of the Center for Men’s Recovery in Florida, where he helped create a unique gender-specific treatment experience and a pioneering therapeutic environment. Alan is a MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) trained Motivational Interviewing trainer, an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

David J. Powell: David J. Powell, PhD is president of the International Center for Health Concerns, Inc. and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. He trains internationally on clinical supervision, family therapy, and men’s issues in recovery. He is the author of Playing Life’s Second Half: A Man’s Guide for Turning Success into Significance and Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.

Stephen Andrew: Stephen R. Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CGP is an international consultant and trainer. He serves as the chief energizing officer for Health Education and Training Institute in Portland, Maine. Stephen is a true visionary and is the creator of "SpiritWind," a CD series for personal growth and recovery.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John Lee ix

Author's Note xiii

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 6

Section I Being a Man

1 An Environment of Risk 9

2 Growing Up Male 16

3 Substances of Use 24

4 Addiction: The Facts 33

5 Emotions 38

Section II The Culture of Men

1 Men in Relationships 58

2 Family of Origin 68

3 Sexuality 76

4 The Male Spiritual Journey 84

5 Work 92

6 Money 102

7 Men and Their Children 111

Section III Helping Men/Healing Men

1 The Importance and Challenges of Gender-Specific Treatment 124

2 Overcoming Barriers for Men 132

3 Counseling Men: Structuring the Environment 138

4 Clinical Approaches to Treating Men 146

Motivational Enhancement 148

Twelve-Step Programs 150

Outpatient vs. Residential Services 151

Individual Counseling 152

Family Intervention 152

Counseling Strategies 154

Section IV Resources for Healing

1 Homework 160

2 Bibliotherapy and Videotherapy 165

3 Art as a Therapeutic Tool 176

4 Finding One's Inner, True Self: Poetry as Access to the Spirit 181

5 Activities 184

6 Questionnaires 188

Being a Man 188

Turning Points in Your Life 190

Key Questions 190

You and Your Father 191

Work and Overwork 191

Men and Money 193

Men and Sex 194

You and Your Partner(s) 194

Men and Their Children 195

You and Children 196

Helping Children 197

Conclusion 199

Appendix I Bibliography 201

Appendix II Videography 211

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