Mobilizing Men

Can the involvement of men in a client or patient’s family improve outcomes?  Can it make you more efficient as a helping professional?  Yes and yes.  Yet our culture’s expectations for male family members remain ridiculously low, even as male loved ones have more freedom than ever to be involved in family life.

Men in families are underutilized (and often, untapped) natural resources, regardless of our clients’ ages.

The Mobilizing Men training gives professionals and institutions concrete strategies to reduce and overcome the barriers that inhibit the healthy involvement of male loved ones (MLOs) in our patient or client’s treatment—improving the patient’s well-being, and our own effectiveness.

After completing the Mobilizing Men training, participants:


  • Have data supporting the value of engaging and mobilizing men in families
  • Understand the intentional and unintentional barriers that inhibit healthy MLO involvement, resulting from:
    • Masculinities acculturation (i.e., how our culture raises boys)
    • Habits reinforced by professional training and practice


  • Know how to use effective strategies to engage men in families
  • Grasp how participation by male loved ones can improve individual outcomes and institutional efficiency
  • Have practical methods to involve MLOs who live away from the client

This training uses participant interaction, case studies, research data, role-playing, brainstorming, video clips, stories, humor, and motivation.

Joe Kelly is a best-selling author, speaker, and media source on men in families.  He has trained US and Canadian therapists, dietitians, physicians, educators, clergy, public health practitioners, law enforcement, and other professionals working with families.  He also runs coaching groups for men who have a loved one with eating disorders.  Kelly has presented at conferences of the National Eating Disorders Association (US), National Eating Disorder Information Centre (Canada), NCAA, AAUW, National Association of Independent Schools, and others.

To schedule a training (or get more information), call 1.510.423.0553.

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