Talk Like a Man: Communication and Connectedness for Men in the Middle Years

Nov 15, 2017

This free webinar explores the socialization and culture of men in the middle years (MIMY). The webinar is designed to help mental health care providers use effective messages to promote connectedness among middle-age men.

According to a recent Boston Globe Magazine article, the greatest problem facing middle-age men is loneliness. The solution? Connectedness. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), connectedness is “the degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated, or shares resources with other persons or groups.” Connections with family, friends, community organizations, and social institutions are vital to a man’s well-being, yet can be hindered by society’s view of “masculinities.” The task, then, is to help men forge connections not despite the culture but within it.

The webinar introduces counselors and other caregivers to ideas about communications that foster connectedness among men—both in the provider-client relationship and in men’s daily lives. You will learn effective strategies for talking about mental, emotional, and relational health with male clients as well as for assisting men in strengthening their network of connectedness. It will also cover personal stories, how MassMen can put clients in touch with free, anonymous screenings for issues commonly faced by men, and key resources for men across the state of Massachusetts.

Franklin Cook, MA, CPC, is Director of Community Outreach for MassMen. He owns and operates Unified Community Solutions, a private consultancy in Watertown, MA, that worked with Screening for Mental Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to launch MassMen in 2015. Franklin began his career as a volunteer and has worked since 1999 at the community, state, and national levels in community-based suicide prevention program development, management, and leadership.