Male trauma expert, Dr. Michael Dadson, is creating a new book to support male mental health by addressing masculine gender role issues and masculine-specific trauma in a new, interactive format.
Renowned expert in men’s mental health: Dr. Michael (Mike) Dadson
Specializing in men’s mental health and working extensively with veterans and first-responders, Michael Dadson, Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology), is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), Registered Clinical Counsellor and Senior Clinical Director of Practice at Gentle Currents Therapy, a Langley, British Columbia counselling clinic.
In addition to his work with men’s mental health, Michael Dadson’s certifications include:
- Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)
- Registered Clinical Counsellor
- Crime Victims Assistance Counsellor
- Certified QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management
- Certified Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI) Therapist and Trainer
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level One and Level Two
- Enactment Therapy Level One and Level Two
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Level One
- Certified Myers-Briggs Personality Type Assessor
- Certified Strong Interest Inventory Assessor
Six men’s raw, personal accounts of intergenerational trauma – and their paths to recovery – in a ground-breaking academic study
Dadson is currently best-known for his original, ground-breaking scientific study at UBC, entitled “The Stories of Our Fathers : Men’s Recovery from Intergenerational Wounds”: click here to download the study in PDF format from the UBC website.
The academically acclaimed study draws upon six men’s raw, personal accounts of trauma suffered at the hands of their own fathers, a psychological wound or “injury” which proves to be at the basis of many men’s “gender role trauma” (GRT) or “gender role strain” (GRS).
Dr. Dadson concluded in this peer-reviewed study that distinct patterns emerge, in the path to psychological healing and recovery from this specific type of psychological childhood injury.
A practical, step-by-step “guidebook” approach to narrative therapy
In fact, the book is not exactly a “DIY narrative therapy book,” but is comprised of the original six participants’ unabridged narratives of male trauma, followed by accompanying questions and exercises for the reader to answer.
Dadson has developed an innovative book format, intended to lead readers to participate not only in the book’s exercises, but also in an online collaborative narrative community he envisions, where collaborative narrative therapy will be available to anyone who wishes to participate.
The upcoming book’s working title is “The Stories of our Fathers” after the original study, and explores the nature of father/son relationships, drawing largely on the narratives of recovery from men who have been injured in their relationship with their father.
Dr. Dadson expects the book to be a helpful resource for healing and self-discovery, and has gone to great lengths to bring valuable insights gained from the academic study to the general public in an accessible, engaging format.
Dr. Michael Dadson states:
“The book should give you the opportunity to develop insight and engage in a process of change, being guided with narrative therapy.
The word ‘narrative’ means ‘story.’
You are telling yourself your own story. And you grow to know yourself because you know the character in your story.
By engaging in these stories and the exercises, you can reflect on how your own past stories, and your own past experiences with your own father, affect your behavior today.
Then you can decide if you want to make some changes. There is a path forward”
Mothers, sisters, daughters, wives will want this book for the men in their lives
In writing the book, Dadson has spoken to numerous women about the subject matter and has been amazed at the level of interest from women.
“My fondest hope is that this book will be read by not only fathers and sons, but by mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters. The issues I am writing about affect all of us and ideally, we can help each other to achieve better mental health. I believe my book will help.”
Gender role strain and the “gender debate” – why men need specific psychological tools
Cultural norms around gender stereotypes are evolving rapidly today. Increasingly polemic attitudes towards, and expectations of, masculine vs. feminine roles are, in fact, causing men more psychological challenges than it would appear.
Today, in Western culture, many traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity are being challenged and new concepts are arising, causing confusion, conflict, and stress for a wide swath of society.
Men, women, and transgendered individuals alike can all suffer from gender role strain (GRS).
One of the most troubling elements of male mental health is the fact that men customarily will not seek help for their mental health issues, and the preponderance of successful suicide is male.
According to Dr. Michael Dadson:
“I decided I truly needed to write this book because I have been told that there is a need for it. In my work there are topics which I revisit with so many different men, because so many have faced very similar experiences. The path to healing, though different for every individual, is very often rooted in reconciling our true natures with our learned versions of masculinity.”
The “Stories of Our Fathers” book release date will be announced soon and will be published both physically and digitally.
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Dr. Michael Dadson’s areas of expertise:
With specific expertise in male trauma, Dadson is a sought-after clinical counsellor for men’s issues in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, and is also rated one of Langley, British Columbia’s top marriage counsellors.
Michael Dadson has provided clinical treatment to individuals with a range of diagnoses, specializing in trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, male psychology, and relationship counselling for adults, adolescents, and children.
Michael Dadson and his wife, Jeanette Dadson, have also been assisting children with special needs and their families for over 30 years. As a Level III (3) therapeutic foster parent, Michael Dadson has worked with special needs foster children, and has been contracted through Intensive Child Care Resources Vancouver (ICCR).
As a therapeutic foster Dad, Dadson has lived and worked with Caucasian, Afghan, and First Nations children who have ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, FASD, major brain injuries and strokes.
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