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What People Are Saying About Dr. Will Courtenay
And His Men’s Health Training & Consulting

“Dr. Courtenay has been successful in bringing the psychology of men to audiences such as medicine, public health, and even government policy makers. His focus on real-world problems and his clear thinking and penetrating analysis of the social contextual influences on those problems makes him both a powerful scholar and effective leader.” American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity

“Will Courtenay is doing just the kind of nitty-gritty analysis and re-education that is urgently needed if men are to change their self-destructive ways.” Terry Kupers, MD, author of  Revisioning Men's Lives

“Will’s opening address was highly motivational and inspiring. He framed the key issues in men’s health in a context that was timely and practical. His command of the material is extraordinary and is well complimented by his ability to connect with the audience. For me, it was the highlight of the conference.” Owen Borda, New York State Department of Public Health

“This timely work is sensitive to women’s issues and avoids polarizing men’s and women’s health.” Robert Latta, MD, Director, San Jose State University Health Service

“Will Courtenay’s work is the best thing that anybody has written on the subject of men’s health. He writes clearly, thinks concisely, and has done more homework than anyone in the field that I know of, and his conceptual framework is as the Aussies put it ‘spot on.’” Don Sabo, PhD, coeditor of the award-winning book Mens Health and Illness: Gender, Power and The Body and coauthor of Sex, Violence and Power in Sports: Rethinking Masculinity

“Will’s advice on how to approach the male patient has already helped me be a better diagnostician and I expect it will help me elicit better compliance from my male patients.” Jean Scott, MD, Family Practitioner

“Will’s talk brought together the need to look at men’s issues comprehensively and multidisciplinarily. He also stressed the need to look at men as individuals and understand men as a group, while taking into account differences in culture, race and ethnicity. He was the only keynote presenter who stressed the biopsychosocial nature of men, their issues, and their concerns.” Peter Vaughan, PhD, ACSW, Associate Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania 

“Will’s statistical information is most convincing and useful in generating interest in men’s health.” Hase Rodenbaugh, MD, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

“Dr. Courtenay’s training of trainers changed the way I conduct my own training sessions of professionals in reproductive health and the way I approach the men I work with. It raised new and interesting issues, and helped me to create a training that’s innovative and fresh.” Marsha Gelt, MPH, Project Director, Center for Health Training, San Francisco

“You have integrated concepts (medical, gender, social, etc.) regarding men’s health far better than I have previously witnessed in person or in writing. You inform, awaken and inspire. Thanks from all men particularly from the rest of us trying to break through the barriers to longer and healthier lives for us all and for the tremendous amount of work you have invested in this field.” Joe Zoske, CSW, Consultant, author of Mens Health & Wellness: 50 Health Promotion Ideas for Educators, Practitioners &Planners

“Dynamic! Dr. Courtenay challenges us to pursue equity in health care!” Oscar Battle, DPA, MPH, National Board of Directors, American College Health Association

“We thoroughly enjoyed having you here having you interact with our student health and wellness representatives, meet with our student health advisory students, provide a public talk, and conduct classes. You did a great job! You couldn’t have done a better job in terms of focusing on what we’re looking at regarding men’s health. You did exactly what we wanted you to do.” Dick Mateer, Dean, University of Richmond, Virginia

“A very useful approach. It increases awareness of societal assumptions which diminish men’s health and provides strategies that make vital health resources more accessible to men.” Chris McLean, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

“Will is an exceptional communicator. His clear vision is substantiated by his wealth of first-hand experiences, and he puts it all together in a very nicely packaged presentation. His talk was the highlight of our program.” Steven Gange, MD, FACS, Chair, CME Committee, St. Mark's Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

“I attended the one day pre-conference workshop conducted by Dr. Courtenay at the National Wellness Conference. It was a real eye-opener. And as I share information that was presented that day with the men in our predominately male workforce, I often hear a resounding 'That’s right! That’s exactly how it is for me.' Some even seem surprised that there’s awareness of the realities facing men and their health issues. Please let me know when your new book is published. Thank you.” Julie Robinson, Program Coordinator, Active Living & Lifestyles Program, New Brunswick Power Corporation, Canada

“It was the most interesting and organized presentation I’ve heard all year!” Carol Swanson, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

“Your workshop was clearly a highlight of the conference!” Kathleen Chawalisz, PhD, Chair, Counseling Health Psychology Section of the Amberican Psychological Association; Conference Coordinator, George Washington University Conference on Gender and Health in a Diverse Society, August, 2000.

“College health is fortunate to claim Will Courtenay as one of ours; an accomplished scholar and psychotherapist, he is an ardent advocate for men's health. His eloquent [article] about youth violence pinpoints our reluctance to name the real problem: violence by boys. Courtenay has the courage of his convictions, and he applies it well here; it is impossible to read his piece without tracing the roots of male violence back to our socialization of boys as fighters who do not hurt and are never sad. It is not "male bashing" to notice how boys are emotionally and spiritually bashed growing up in a culture that cannot know their struggles and their fears. This is not about creating the caricature of a "sensitive male." It is about men's survival their own lives, the quality of their relationships, and the richness of their health. We will continue to count on leaders like Will Courtenay to deepen our understanding and to motivate our search for solutions.” Richard P. Keeling, MD, Editor, Journal of American College Health (Editorial, November, 1999, Vol. 48, No. 3, p. 102)



Federal Office of Family Planning
Levi Strauss & Co.
Blue Shield of California
University of California, San Francisco
University of California at Berkeley
New York Department of Health
Johns Hopkins University
St. Luke’s Hospital, Behtlehem, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
International Longevity Center
Westchester County Department of Health
Boston University
University of Richmond, Virginia
Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
California State University, Long Beach
Hobart and William Smith Colleges



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