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Big Shoulders, Deep Studies, and Masculinities with Matt Englar-Carlson – Act 1

Today I am thrilled to be joined by Matt Englar-Carlson who takes us on an introspective journey exploring the roots of his profound resilience as we begin our conversation. With candor, wit and a few laughs, Matt vividly recounts how an itinerant childhood and the grounding example of his marathon-running psychologist father instilled the tenacity to persevere through life's inevitable challenges. Whether sticking it out solo during a harrowing outward bound trip or finding solace in meaningful conversations with fellow runners, Matt's experiences reveal deep truths about healthy masculinity. I'm struck by his wisdom on the gift of loyal friendship during dark times and the healing power of simply showing up for others when they suffer. Matt leaves us with powerful advice - when facing life's difficulties, embrace the struggle, envision the light ahead, and trust that this too shall pass, but not alone.


Dr. Matt Englar-Carlson is Professor of counseling at the California State University at Fullerton. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 51: Society for Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity). As a scholar, teacher, and clinician, Dr. Englar-Carlson is passionate about training and teaching care providers to work more effectively with their male clients. He has over 35 publications and 60 national and international presentations, most of which are focused on men and masculinity and diversity issues in psychological training and practice. Dr. Englar-Carlson co-edited the books In the Room With Men: A Casebook of Therapeutic ChangeCounseling Troubled Boys: A Guidebook for Professionals, and the forthcoming A Counselor’s Guide to Working With Men. He was featured as the guest expert in the 2010 APA-produced DVD Engaging Men in Psychotherapy. He is also the co-editor of the 24-volume monograph series Theories of Psychotherapy (APA) that features the world’s leading authorities on various theoretical approached to psychotherapy. In 2007 he was named the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.

His editorial board service includes being an editorial board member for the Psychology of Men and Masculinity (2006-2011), the Journal of Social Action (2008- current), The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families (1994- 2005), a board member for The Journal of Individual Psychology(1994-2000) and a contributing editor (2000-2007), an advisory board member for Counseling and Human Development (2006-2008), and a board member on the Advisory Board for the Men and Masculinity Series, Routledge Press.  He was also selected to the ACA Task Force on Sexual Minority Youth in Schools from 2004-2006. He is also a member of the APA Working Group to Develop Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. As a clinician, he has worked children, adults, and families in school, community, and university mental health settings.