During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, a handful of pioneering mental health professionals and scholars began to focus their work on the unique challenges associated with helping men in counseling and psychotherapy. In 1978, a team of 27 authors published 15 articles on counseling men in a special edition of The Counseling Psychologist (Skovholt, Gormally, Schauble & Davis, 1978). This landmark publication was one of the first projects to address a variety of topics pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and the process of working with men in therapy, and it helped to inspire the gradual development of a network of counselors and psychologists interested in the special needs of men in counseling.
An ever-widening circle of social scientists and mental health professionals has combined their efforts to form professional associations centered on studying, understanding and helping men. For example, for several consecutive years during the early 1990s, a group of psychologists specializing in men’s issues held meetings at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) with the goal of establishing a formal organization dedicated to the psychology of men and masculinity. One outcome of these meetings was the formation of The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), which became an official division of APA in 1995. Originally consisting of a handful of psychologists specializing in the study and treatment of adult men, SPSMM now consists of hundreds of psychologists whose interests not only include men and masculinity, but also the psychological development of boys and the process of counseling young boys and adolescent males. Thus, studying and helping males across the lifespan is now a mainstream subject in psychology.
Interest in the psychological make-up of males now permeates our society, represented by mental health professionals, social scientists, community volunteers, teachers, ministers and parents who want to help boys and men to lead more fulfilling lives. The purpose of The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men is to respond to this demand by fostering the development of specialized books on the clinical process of helping boys and men in counseling and psychotherapy. Through his many roles as a professor and former chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey, a former President of Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), and a national leader regarding the psychology of boys, men and masculinity, Dr. Mark Kiselica serves as the editor of the series, which will address the following potential topics:
The long-term goal of the series is to create the most comprehensive set of books focused on helping boys and men that has ever been assembled.