In the US today, men are significantly more likely than women to perpetrate and experience abuse. Men commit 85% of murders and sexual offenses, while 161 men under the age of 45 die violent deaths every day and 1 out of 6 boys surveyed report sexual abuse. Compounding these problems, the shame, fear, and trauma that make men more vulnerable to abuse also keep male abusers and victims from obtaining effective treatment and healing.
This webinar outlines a new paradigm for understanding how typical male socialization gives rise to various forms of toxic masculinity that lock men into violent lifepaths, ways this toxic masculinity (Mascupathy) presents, and some clinical techniques that have allowed men in treatment to recover their innately more balanced and healthy humanity.
Randy Flood, MA, LLP, is cofounder and director of the Institute for the Prevention & Treatment of Mascupathy (IPTM), a culmination of a nearly 20-year career creating and developing specialized clinical services that address men’s issues. He holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University, and is the cofounder and director of the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With Charlie Donaldson, Flood wrote Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood (IPTM, 2014) and Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior (Hazelden, 2006), one of the field’s leading books for men who are emotionally or physically abusive of women. He is a contributor to VOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement (2014, 2017) and continues to write for publications such as the Michigan Bar Journal.
In addition to his clinical practice, Flood serves as an expert witness for district and circuit courts and provides trainings on bullying, domestic violence, sexual addiction, and counseling men. He recently developed "Altogether Boys," a comprehensive educational program that teaches middle school-aged boys about developing robust, whole hearted masculinities. He has presented at the American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) National Conference and at the Interdisciplinary Conference at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, and his expertise on male criminal behavior and initiatives and issues that impact men and boys has led to many interviews with both national and international outlets.