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Ged Smith - Masculinity and ‘Cutting the Crap’ in therapy and FTTN AGM

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The Family Therapy Training Network are delighted to welcome Dr Ged Smith who will be offering a training and continuing professional development day on the 27th November 2017. Ged’s interests are varied, and he will be offering us a day of two halves. One session with us will focus on the use of language in therapy and supervision and how it contributes to the necessary risk-taking we experience when working with families. Ged will examine the use of language (including in cross-cultural settings where risks can sometimes be amplified) and of humour and self while exploring the meanings of identity. He contends that all relationships contain some element of risk and the ways in which we create a safe enough context, through the uses of language as well as non-linguistic means, are the crucial elements in our endeavors as supervisors and therapists. The workshop may be considered by some as containing useful pointers, and by others as a risk too far; such is the controversial nature of language, which highlights the importance of relationships and context. The other session will help us think about gender from a rather different perspective: through the examination of masculinity. Ged believes that as men, we grow up in a culture where we learn the rules fast, about how to behave, both with each other and with women. Any transgressions of these rules are met with harsh reactions. And women have their rules too, from religion to shopping, from body image to education, all designed to keep women in their place. The power imbalances common in society are not as clear as they once were. Patriarchy is still a dominant force in our lives, and yet the idea of power that this gives men is an illusion which confuses us all. Ged invites us to think about how men struggle to know how to act as fathers to their children or carers of their partners or each other, when bombarded with images which privilege control and reason, dominance and achievement. He invites us to consider how our societies can operate to liberate us all from these strictures and how we can work with men in ways that are more likely to engage than alienate them. Dr Ged Smith is a family therapist of more than 20 years and currently works in both CAMHS and Adult Services with two NHS Trusts in the North West. He has been teaching, supervising and consulting all over the world in this time, and has many articles published in academic journals and Context, of which he is a regular contributor and deputy editor. His special interests concern language, power and gender, particularly masculinity and working with men, which was the subject of his Doctoral study.


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