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Handbook of Affirmative Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men - Kathleen Y. Ritter

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Offering expert guidance on working with sexual minority clients, this comprehensive volume combines developmental and sociocultural knowledge with clinical savvy. Provided is a solid understanding of lesbian and gay identity formation and the effects of social prejudice and discrimination. Attention is given to avoiding psychodiagnostic errors, especially with clients in the process of coming out. Treatment concerns addressed include family-of-origin issues, couple problems, HIV and other health issues, challenges facing same-sex parents, and much more.

Winner--APA Division 44 Distinguished Book Award in Lesbian, Gay, and/or Bisexual Psychology

"Excellent....This book is clearly written and attractively and helpfully laid out. It offers a copious appendix of resources....Thoughtful study of this book will reward readers with an excellent education in working with lesbians and gay men to achieve a position for them in society that is no longer debilitating but healthful, respected, and possibly, esteemed."--Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

"Finally, a core text for the practice of lesbian and gay affirmative psychotherapy has arrived. This book is scholarly, clinically savvy, comprehensive, thoughtful, accessible, and pragmatic. The authors do a remarkable job of advancing a coherent point of view while remaining even-handed, balanced, and receptive to a diversity of ideas. I recommend this book without reservation to any mental health provider working with lesbian and gay clients, and to scholars seeking a basic reference on the practice of lesbian and gay affirmative psychotherapy."--John C. Gonsiorek, PhD, ABPP, Past President, American Psychological Association Division 44; Independent Practice, Minneapolis, MN

"This book meets a longstanding need in the professional literature. It is comprehensive, well grounded, and practical in its focus on the underlying issues and challenges that emerge in clinical work with lesbians and gay men. This book is an invaluable addition to the bookshelves of all mental health practitioners, as well as students. Including an extensive resource list, the book will be a useful text for courses in human sexuality, multicultural counseling, and counseling sexual minorities."--Bob Barret, PhD, Department of Counseling, Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"This comprehensive text not only includes all the relevant psychological literature, but also provides the reader with a sociopolitical context for understanding how heterosexism impacts the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. A unique aspect of the book is the thorough presentation of affirmative psychotherapy interventions. Particularly noteworthy is the discussion of misdiagnosis that occurs when stress associated with having a stigmatized identity is mistaken for evidence of psychopathology. This text should be required reading for graduate students in the mental health professions, as well as practitioners working with diverse lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Many sections of the book would also be useful for undergraduate students in Psychology, Sociology, and Women's, LGBT, or Gender Studies."--Christine Browning, PhD, Senior Staff Psychologist, University of California, Irvine Counseling Center; Past President, APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues).

"Training of mental health professionals is improving when it comes to education about LGB clients, but there are still many graduate programs and many textbooks that barely touch on these important issues....The amount of research reviewed here and the implications drawn from that research are outstanding....No matter how knowledgeable readers believe themselves to be on LGB issues and no matter whether students, therapists, educators, or researchers, they will be pleased at how much more they will learn from this book."--from the Foreword by Sari H. Dworkin, PhD

Introductionp. 1
Affirmative Psychotherapyp. 1
Psychotherapy Literaturep. 2
Guidelines for Psychotherapyp. 3
Focus of Treatmentp. 5
Overview of the Bookp. 6
Social, Developmental, and Political Foundations
Heterosexism: A Fundamental Realityp. 11
Heterosexist Assumptions and Their Negative Impactp. 13
Popular Opinionp. 14
Mediap. 15
Stereotypesp. 16
Correlates of Heterosexismp. 17
Effects of Heterosexism on Mental Healthp. 22
Conclusionp. 24
Concepts of Sexual Orientationp. 25
Historical Perspectivesp. 25
The Classification of Homosexualityp. 27
Contemporary Models of Sexual Orientationp. 32
Bisexualityp. 37
Social Constructionismp. 44
Conclusionp. 46
Sexual Orientations: Origins and Influencesp. 47
Development and Minority Sexual Orientationsp. 48
Conclusionp. 66
Sexual Orientation and the Lawp. 68
Constitutional Rightsp. 69
Legal Concerns of Sexual Minority Clientsp. 70
Legal Protection for Sexual Minority Clientsp. 84
Conclusionp. 85
Identity Formation and Psychological Development
Theories of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity Formationp. 89
Lesbian and Gay Identity Development Modelsp. 90
Bisexual Identity Formationp. 108
Conclusionp. 112
Issues for Sexual Minority Adolescentsp. 114
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescent Issuesp. 115
Psychotherapeutic Considerationsp. 126
Conclusionp. 128
Midlife and Later-Life Issues for Sexual Minority Adultsp. 130
Midlifep. 131
Later Lifep. 135
Conclusionp. 145
Affirmative Practice
Psychodiagnostic Considerationsp. 149
Heterosexist Bias in Diagnosisp. 150
Stigma, Stress, or Psychopathology?p. 151
Gender Identity Disorderp. 162
Conclusionp. 167
Psychotherapeutic Applications for Identity Formationp. 168
Phase-Specific Psychotherapeutic Interventionsp. 169
Factors Affecting Movement along the Trajectoryp. 181
Conclusionp. 188
Sexual Minorities within Other Minority Populationsp. 189
Identity Formationp. 190
Cultural Factorsp. 194
Specific Populationsp. 202
Psychotherapeutic Considerationsp. 216
Conclusionp. 220
Career Choice and Development with Sexual Minority Clientsp. 221
Theoretical Adaptations to Sexual Minority Clientsp. 221
Lesbians and Workp. 228
Career Counseling with Sexual Minority Clientsp. 230
Conclusionp. 237
Health and Medical Concernsp. 239
Barriers to Seeking Healthcarep. 239
Chemical Dependencyp. 241
Lesbian Health Concernsp. 250
Gay Men's Health Concernsp. 256
Conclusionp. 271
Religious Concerns and Spiritual Developmentp. 272
Religion and Sexual Minoritiesp. 272
Sexual Minorities and the Viability of Religionp. 274
Religion-Based Conversionp. 277
Revitalizing Religion for Sexual Minoritiesp. 283
Reformulating Spirituality for Sexual Minoritiesp. 285
Conclusionp. 291
Working with Couples and Families
Families of Origin and Coming-Out Issuesp. 295
Families of Originp. 295
Parentsp. 298
Conclusionp. 311
Understanding Same-Sex Couplesp. 312
Heterosexismp. 312
Gender Role Socializationp. 320
Relationship Stagesp. 332
Conclusionp. 343
Sex Therapy with Gay and Lesbian Couplesp. 344
Heterosexist Biasp. 344
Assessmentp. 349
Sexual Dysfunctionsp. 351
Conclusionp. 365
Families with a Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Parentp. 367
Formation of Familiesp. 368
Sexual Minority Parentsp. 372
Childrenp. 376
Conclusionp. 387
Resourcesp. 389
Bisexualityp. 389
Bookstores and Publishersp. 389
Chemical Dependencyp. 390
Culturally Specific Resourcesp. 391
Familyp. 393
Legal and Advocacyp. 394
National Publicationsp. 397
Professional Journalsp. 398
Professional Organizationsp. 399
Religious Organizationsp. 400
Sexual Minority Healthp. 405
Sexual Minority Seniorsp. 408
Sexual Minority Youthp. 409
Violence and Harassmentp. 412
Referencesp. 413
Indexp. 477
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ISBN: 9781572307148
ISBN-10: 1572307145
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 493
Published: 16th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.03