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Foundations of Social Work Practice with Lesbian and Gay Persons - Gerald P. Mallon

Foundations of Social Work Practice with Lesbian and Gay Persons

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Focusing on the pragmatic aspects of social work with gay and lesbian persons, this book offers a knowledge base of practice that will better prepare students and practitioners for working more competently and effectively with lesbians and gay men. Written by scholars and practitioners in the social work profession, Foundations of Social Work Practice with Lesbian and Gay Persons teaches you how to develop practice approaches that are sensitive to issues of sexual orientation as well as how to work with this population in the contexts of practice with individuals, couples, families, groups, communities, and organizations. The book's sensible strategies and case studies provide you with critical information that will help you deal with homophobia and heterocentrism and enact a professional commitment to pursuing economic and social equality for diverse and at-risk client populations.A foundation-level text on social work practice with gays and lesbians, this book is designed to provide social work students, academics, and practitioners with an understanding of the values and ethics fundamental to practice with this group of clients. Foundations of Social Work Practice with Lesbian and Gay Persons summarizes the variety of issues, dynamics, and techniques required to work effectively with gay and lesbian clients who are at different points in their development and life cycles. To further help you in your practice, it also discusses:

providing skilled professional assistance to gay victims of hate crimes

how homophobia can prevent lesbians and gay men from receiving adequate services

the obstacles social workers sometimes face when trying to integrate the core set of professional values and ethical principles into their practice

practitioner self-disclosure regarding sexual identity

developmental milestones for lesbian and gay persons

alcohol and substance abuse among lesbians

family therapy concepts of fusion and enmeshment

same gender socialization

assessing issues of sexual expressionCounselors, social workers, and students and academics in gay and lesbian studies will find that Foundations of Social Work Practice with Lesbian and Gay Persons greatly expands the social work knowledge base to disrupt the impact of institutional, individualized, and internal homophobia on social workers, their clients, and the institutions in which social workers practice. Its flexible and creative treatment approaches to therapy with sexual minorities are sure to help you sensitize your therapeutic techniques and improve the quality of care you deliver.

About the Editorp. xii
Contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Knowledge for Practice with Gay and Lesbian Personsp. 1
An Ecological Approachp. 2
Sources of Knowledgep. 2
Practice Wisdomp. 3
Personal Experiencep. 4
History and Current Eventsp. 5
The Professional Literaturep. 8
Researchp. 10
Theoretical and Conceptual Analysesp. 12
Self-Awarenessp. 14
Knowledge Derived from the Individual Casep. 15
Conclusionp. 18
Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice with Lesbian and Gay Personsp. 31
The Profession's Core Values and Ethical Principles: Application in Practice with Lesbian and Gay Clientsp. 32
Identifying, Analyzing, and Resolving Ethically Challenging Practice Problems and Dilemmasp. 45
Conclusionp. 45
Negotiating Conflicts in Allegiances Among Lesbians and Gays of Color: Reconciling Divided Selves and Communitiesp. 47
Previous Research on Racial Identify, Gay/Lesbian Identity, and GALOC Identityp. 49
Applying the Life Model: The Stress-Coping Process Revisitedp. 51
Paradigm of the Stress Processp. 52
Heterosexism, Racism, and Sexism: Creating Conflicts in Allegiancesp. 52
The Root of Conflicts in Allegiances: Pressures for Unity via Homogeneityp. 54
Conclusionp. 59
Individual Practice with Gay Menp. 77
Introductionp. 77
Definitionp. 78
Assessmentp. 79
Ethnic and Cultural Diversityp. 81
Rural Gay Menp. 83
Depression and Developmental Issuesp. 84
Chronically Mentally Ill Gay Menp. 87
Substance Abusep. 87
Domestic Violencep. 88
Antigay Violencep. 89
Agingp. 90
AIDSp. 91
HIV-Negative Menp. 92
Living with HIV and AIDSp. 93
Death and Dyingp. 95
Conclusionp. 98
Individual Practice with Lesbiansp. 105
Who Is Your Client?p. 106
Married Lesbiansp. 106
Adolescentsp. 108
Gender Biasp. 109
Couplesp. 110
Domestic Violencep. 111
Lesbian Mothers, Children, and Familiesp. 112
Lesbians of Colorp. 113
Differently Abled Lesbiansp. 115
Rural Lesbiansp. 115
Case Vignettep. 117
Healthp. 119
HIV/AIDSp. 120
Alcohol and Substance Abusep. 122
Older Lesbiansp. 124
Religionp. 124
Conclusionp. 125
Group Work Practice with Gay Men and Lesbiansp. 131
Societal Contextp. 131
Merits of Group Workp. 133
Literature Reviewp. 134
A Group Work Approachp. 134
Case Illustrationsp. 136
Discussionp. 141
Social Work Practice with Gay Men and Lesbians Within Familiesp. 145
Definition of Familyp. 147
An Ecological Perspectivep. 150
Gays and Lesbians in the Context of Their Families of Originp. 151
Disclosure to Families of Originp. 153
Disclosure to Parentsp. 154
Creating Familiesp. 162
Conclusionp. 174
Social Work Practice with Lesbian Couplesp. 183
Fusion and Enmeshment: Strength or Pathology?p. 184
Influence of Same-Gender Socializationp. 187
The Impact of a Nonnutritive Environment: Homophobia and Social Exclusionp. 188
Internalized Homophobiap. 190
Lesbian Identity Development and Couplehoodp. 191
Sexual Intimacy Issuesp. 193
Fusion and Enmeshment as Functional and Adaptive: High Emotional Closenessp. 197
Fusion as Pathologyp. 198
Therapist-Specific Issuesp. 199
In Summary: Therapeutic Goals and Interventionsp. 202
Conclusionp. 202
Social Work Practice with Gay Male Couplesp. 209
Internalized Homophobia, Heterosexism, and Gay Identityp. 212
Coupling Dynamicsp. 215
Male Gender Role Socializationp. 218
Joiningp. 219
Assessing Presenting Concernsp. 220
Interventionsp. 221
Case Illustrationp. 221
Implications for Social Work Practicep. 223
Conclusionp. 225
Social Work Practice with Gay Men and Lesbians Within Communitiesp. 229
Practice with Communities Within an Ecological Frameworkp. 230
Disempowerment and Social Pollutionp. 230
The Search for Community Within the Context of the Coming-Out Processp. 231
Habitatp. 233
Nichep. 236
The Transgendered Communityp. 241
Implications for Social Work Practicep. 242
Social Work Practice with Gay Men and Lesbians Within Organizationsp. 249
Code of Ethicsp. 252
Organizational and Political Realitiesp. 253
Contemporary Practicep. 257
Strategies for an Inclusive Workplacep. 260
Coming Out at the Workplacep. 265
Self-Advocacy Revisitedp. 266
Resourcesp. 266
Definitions of Key Termsp. 271
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781560231011
ISBN-10: 1560231017
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 18th December 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1