MEN in partnership with RECAMFT proudly presents:
David B. Wexler, PhD
"Men, Relationships and Conflict: Men in Therapy in the 21st Century"
REGISTER NOW for this free community workshop.
workshop description:Traditional models of psychotherapy and couples’ therapy have often fallen short in trying to reach men, and in recognizing defenses and strengths that men bring with them into relationships. Dr. David Wexler’s innovative workshop will focus on contemporary and creative perspectives on male psychology and particularly on how to reach men and bring out their best qualities—even in cases of domestic violence.
Interweaving popular film clips with the latest theory and research about men’s psychology, Dr. Wexler will illuminate men’s issues from a compassionate, self psychological perspective. Particular emphasis will be placed on the “broken mirror” phenomenon and research about the ways men turn to women excessively for validation of the self. You will learn how the traditional notions of masculinity (the “Guy Code”) keep men away from the therapist’s office and inhibit men trying to benefit from counseling and therapy. In this invaluable workshop, you will be offered a rich understanding of male violence towards women, male depression, everyday men trying to manage their relationships, male shame, male expectations, and male emotions. The presentation will also focus on user-friendly language and imagery for men, and framing positive changes as part of a “masculine” narrative.
David B. Wexler, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute, which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. He has also served as the Clinical and Administrative Supervisor for the NIMH-sponsored research study of domestic violence in the Navy from 1991 through 1996, and again from 2001 through 2006.
Dr. Wexler is the author of
- When Good Men Behave Badly: Change Your Behavior Change Your Relationship (2004)
- Is He Depressed or What?: What to Do When the Man You Love is Moody, Irritable, and Withdrawn (2006)
- Men In Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment (2009).
Dr. Wexler has been featured on the
- Dr. Phil
- Washington Post
- “O” magazine
- Men’s Health
- Dozens of radio and TV programs
He helps educate the public about relationships in conflict and how to resolve them. Psychotherapy Networker devoted an entire issue to issues of men in therapy in May/June 2010 built around Dr. Wexler’s feature article.
Dr. Wexler has authored an internationally-recognized domestic violence treatment manual:
- The Stop Program—Third Edition
It was released by Norton in 2013. Dr. Wexler has trained thousands of community professionals, military personnel, and law enforcement officials through extensive training seminars on The STOP Program model throughout the world. Dr. Wexler is also the former Chairman of the Treatment & Intervention Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Treatment by this Council. The California Psychological Association has also designated Dr. Wexler as a Master Lecturer and he received CPA’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award.
Dr. Wexler recently received the prestigious award of Practitioner of the Year from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.
The Relationship Training Institute is approved by the San Diego County Probation Department to provide clinical training for all authorized county domestic violence treatment programs for court-ordered offenders. These five-day training workshops are offered twice annually in San Diego County.
The U.S. Navy contracted with Dr. Wexler to design an innovative intervention program for the prevention of date and acquaintance rape. TRUE CONSENT: Sexual Assault Awareness Training for Men, was administered to 50,000 incoming Navy recruits annually at Great Lakes Naval Training Center as part of a four-year research study on prevention of sexual violence in the Navy.
Dr. Wexler has served as an expert witness in numerous forensic cases in which the understanding of domestic violence offender characteristics, domestic violence patterns in relationships, and battered women’s syndrome (now known as “intimate partner battering and its effects”) can help the Court clarify the complex legal issues. He has testified for both prosecution and defense.
Dr. Wexler is also the former Director of Psychological Services at Rancho Park Hospital, where he developed the internationally recognized PRISM model for self-management. He has pioneered the development of self psychology and cognitive behavior therapy in treating adolescents. He is the author of
To contact Dr. Wexler or other RTI staff and faculty about professional training or consultation, please go to the RTI website at www.RTIprojects.org or call 619.296.8103.
- THE ADOLESCENT SELF: Strategies for Self-management, Self-soothing, and Self-esteem in Adolescents
- The PRISM Workbook
- The Advanced PRISM Workbook, (1993)
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