Event Details

Presenter: Stephen Reeder MA, LPCC, NCC

Stephen has been involved in the world of mental health for the past decade. In his role as Program Director, Stephen oversees that clients are offered individualized care in order to facilitate long term recovery. Previously, Stephen held the position of the primary therapist for A New Journey’s Partial and Extended Day Treatment Programs. Stephen holds his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kent State University in Ohio. Stephen brings a wealth of experience working with problem gambling, addictions and chemical dependence, and eating disorders.

“Masculinity, Feelings, and ED: An exploration in working with male clients

struggling with an eating disorder "

Overview: Toughness, independence, emotional control, and logic; these are words often used in society to describe men. The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that roughly 1,000,000 men and boys suffer from eating disorders. In this day and age young men are still challenged with the complexities of "Masculinity". Such as, "I am not a normal guy; I have pretty good emotional intelligence." While this is a response we are hearing more and more from men in treatment, and is a step in the right direction, it is still a damaging idea. This lecture will focus on these complexities as they apply to working with men in treatment, emotional anorexia in men, and how as clinicians we can adjust our approach to working with males in a treatment setting.


  1. Identifying complications in working with males in treatment for eating disorders.
  2. Determining skills and techniques to utilizes while working with male clients.
  3. Defining the role of emotional anorexia in the treatment of males, and red flags for men with ED.


Messner, M. A. (2000). Politics of masculinities: men in movements. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
• Winegard, B., Winegard, B., & Geary, D. C. (2014). Eastwood's brawn and Einstein's brain: An evolutionary account of
dominance, prestige, and precarious manhood. Review of General Psychology, 18, 34-48
• O'Neil, J.M., Good, G. E., Holmes, S. (1995). Fifteen years of theory and research on men's gender role conflict: New
paradigms for empirical research
• Pollack, W. S., & Levant, R. F. (2007). A new psychology of men. New York: Basic Books. A member of the Perseus Books
• Pollack, W. S. (1998). Real boys: rescuing our sons from the myths of boyhood. New York: Random House.
  • Erikson, E. H., & Erikson, J. M. (1997). The life cycle completed. New York: W.W. Norton.
• APA Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: Quick Reference Guidelines. (2006).
• BramonBosch, E., Troop, N. A., & Treasure, J. L. (2000). Eating disorders in males: a comparison with female
patients. European Eating Disorders Review,8(4), 321-328.
• Welcome to N.A.M.E.D. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://namedinc.org/
• L., & A. (2017, March 24). Binge Eating Disorder Association. Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://bedaonline.com/
  • Bunnell, D. W. (2015). Gender Socialization, Countertransference and the Treatment of Men with Eating Disorders. Clinical Social Work Journal, 44(1), 99-104.
  • Blanchard, E.B ; Arena, J.G. & Pallmeyer, T.P. (1981). Psychosomatic properties of a scale to measure alexithymia. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 35, 64-71.
  • Murray, S. B., Griffiths, S., & Mond, J. M. (2016). Evolving eating disorder psychopathology: conceptualising muscularity-oriented disordered eating. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 208(5), 414-415.
  • Mangweth-Matzek, B., Kummer, K. K., & Pope, H. G. (2016). Eating disorder symptoms in middle-aged and older men. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 49(10), 953-957
  • Sreenivasan, S. (2016, June 13). Emotional Anorexia. Retrieved April 26, 2017, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-nourishment/201606/emotional-anorexia

- RSVP and Registration is required on Eventbrite

- 1 CE Provided

- Lunch will be provided.

- Registration:11:30 am to 12 Noon

- Presentation: 12 Noon - 1:30 pm

- Contact the organizer: [email protected]

Please note: This event is specifically tailored to professionals such as licensed practicing RD's, LMFT's, LPC's, PhD's, LISAC's, Clinical Directors, medical staff and clinics and outreach personnel who are seeking connection and referral resources. Please RSVP - Seating is limited.

  • When: Fri Jun. 29
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

  • Address: 950 West Elliot Road, Suite #201
    Tempe AZ,US 85284

  • Web: Visit Website