DSW Candidate – Aaron Nicholas Hemlepp, MSW, LCSW, 1:00 – 1:50 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars Event!

What’s the Play? Using Social Learning Theory to Treat Men in Mental Health

Aaron Nicholas Hemlepp, MSW, LCSW

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

1:00 – 1:50 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.5



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What’s the Play? Using Social Learning Theory to Treat Men in Mental Health

Men have problems when it comes to mental health. Specifically, men are more likely to have a fatality of suicide than other genders and are more likely to have substance abuse problems than other genders. Combine this with societal problems such as the shrinking physical labor market and instability of family systems that have traditionally been seen as “men’s work”. The gender is not adapting to modern social functioning in the way that other genders have been, which means that therapy is not a useful tool for men and their problems. This means that therapy systems need an approach to aid in dealing with men on their terms. Presented here is Social Learning Theory as a means of explanation of how men are socialized in their environments. Therapists can adapt these already used covert channels of communication to become overt therapeutic tools and perspectives to aid in the treatment of these patients. The main idea behind this new approach is: reach out to men in a way that they are already
being taught and change how support services are utilized with this population.

Starting with a systematic literature review to define toxic masculinity as a academic term to start a more scholarly conversation, this capstone presents as an introduction to treating men as a specialty population. The conclusion of this presentation exhibits two case reviews about how to use this perspective when it comes to working with this population. This would be beneficial to those who are practicing any type of behavior modification/ skills learning with men in that these case examples provide a framework for utilizing Solution Focused Therapy to provide tools for the therapist to interact on a more personal level with the patient and the systematic literature review provides for a starting point for further discussion about the perception and explanation of men’s attempt to adapt to modern culture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learners will be exposed to Social Learning theory as a framework to utilize multiple forms of therapeutic intervention.
  2. Learners will be able to use Social Learning Theory as a framework to reach men as a population to aid in therapeutic intervention.
  3. Learners will be able to use Social Learning Theory framework with trans-folk populations.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.5

This course is designed for Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapist, Counselors, and other helping professionals at basic, intermediate, advanced, and clinical levels.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 – 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

This workshop is also approved for 1.5 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work; the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology; the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors; the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board; and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Additional Course Information: Completion of a course evaluation is required. Certificates will become automatically available for download after all of the course requirements have been met. To report a grievance, contact Ashley Cruickshank at Ashley.Carr@uky.edu or call (859) 257-5860.

For questions concerning continuing education credits and certificates for this event, please contact CSWCE@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.