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“Therapy – It’s Just for Girls” Argosy University, Seattle lecture by counseling professor discusses feminization of counseling profession

“Therapy – It’s Just for Girls” Argosy University, Seattle lecture by counseling professor discusses feminization of counseling profession

(SEATTLE, Wa. – January 15, 2012)   Argosy University, Seattle is pleased to present “Therapy: It’s Just for Girls,”  a lecture on the feminization of the field of counseling taught by Doug Shirley, MEd, MDiv, chair of the College of Undergraduate Studies and faculty member in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at the campus. The lecture will take place on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12 pm at the University’s campus, located at 2601-A Elliott Avenue, Seattle, WA  98121. The lecture is open to the public and provided at no charge.

“These days demographic trends point towards a ‘feminization’ of the field of counseling, in that consumers and providers alike are more often female than male,” says Shirley, a licensed mental health counselor specializing in couples work and men’s issues in his private practice. “In many ways, this is good news, and it brings hope to a field which has historically been dominated by men. And yet, this shift begs the following question:  In a society which seems to be moving towards more egalitarian ideologies and methodologies, why is it that men seem to go elsewhere when it comes to either side of the counseling couch?”  

“In a society steeped in patriarchal discourse and mixed messages when it comes to gender roles there resides much ambivalence, cognitive dissonance, and confusion around what it means to ‘be a man’ in the 21st Century,” says Shirley. “Said simply, patriarchy has not been kind to any gender.” Shirley’s presentation aims to expose potential anti-male biases within the counseling profession and to discuss ways that practitioners in the field can take an active role in changing what he believes to be an engendered landscape in the profession.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Tina Jacobs at or 206.393.3545.

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