Monday, May 23, 2011

Men earn only one in five of all master’s degrees awarded in psychology, down from half in the 1970s. They account for less than 10 percent of social workers under the age of 34, according to a recent survey. And their numbers have dwindled among professional counselors — to 10 percent of the American Counseling Association’s membership today from 30 percent in 1982 — and appear to be declining among marriage and family therapists.

I have certainly noticed the lack of male therapists when attending continuing education and professional association meetings. Once upon a time the stereotype of a therapist was an older man--complete with gray hair, a pipe and a jacket with patches on the elbows. Now, therapists are more likely to be female. 

Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong here. But some clients prefer a male therapist, and will sometimes have difficulty finding one. The article addresses this, and some of the factors that may have changed the profession over time. 

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