This course is based upon material published by SAMHSA and is part of their latest Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP).
This course material is premised on the understanding that stereotypes of masculine behavior shape men’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors (including those related to substance use and abuse). These socially defined concepts of masculinity push men in our culture to restrict their emotional responsiveness, be more competitive, be more aggressive, and be self-reliant. Masculine roles may also hinder some men from seeking needed treatment for a variety of health, and particularly behavioral health, concerns, including those related to mental illness and substance abuse.
In addition to explaining some of the research on masculinity, the first chapter defines other key concepts, such as gender, sex, and substance use disorders. It also presents some basic information on men’s substance use and abuse in relation to that of women. Finally, it discusses the current state of the behavioral health field in regards to male-specific substance abuse treatment, what the future may hold for male-informed treatment, and how various audiences can use this material. The second chapter of this course focuses on screening and assessment.
The screening and assessment of substance use disorders is an important and ongoing facet of treatment that should be adapted to the needs of the individual client. Part of this process of tailoring screening and assessment to client needs is being aware of how a man’s beliefs and concerns about his identity as a man affect how he responds to screening and assessment questions and procedures—by doing so, clinicians will be better able to engage men in this process. This part of the course (chapter 2) reviews three parts of a comprehensive screening and assessment process, which are: the screening; an assessment of the presenting problem and its social, spiritual, psychological, and medical consequences and finally; a personal assessment that investigates other behaviors, values, attitudes, and experiences that may influence treatment in behavioral health settings. Throughout this process, clinicians should be aware of the ways in which male gender roles influence men’s psychosocial adaptation, substance use/abuse, and help-seeking behaviors.
This course on the specific behavioral health issues in men was initially written for use in substance abuse treatment but contains information that is applicable to other clinical populations of men. It is designed for substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and professional counselors who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of the specific behavioral health issues in men. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
The course is based on a SAMHSA TIP and presents the collaborative efforts of some of the leaders in the field in both areas of research and treatment. It has been reviewed by both a panel of subject matter experts and field reviewers and as such presents state of the art information for best practices.
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the specific behavioral health issues in men in terms of creating the context for therapeutic interventions and the screening and assessment of substance abuse problems. Specifically, a professional will:
- Identify the latest research on masculinity, gender and sex.
- Describe the three part comprehensive screening and assessment process.
- Identify key areas for assessment and screening.
Citation: SAMHSA (2013). Addressing the Specific Behavioral Health Needs of Men. TIP 56. Chapter 1 Creating the Context and Chapter 2 Screening and Assessment.