Handbook of Affirmative Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men

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Guilford Press, 2002 - Psychology - 493 pages
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Grounded in current research, this comprehensive volume lays the found ations for effective, affirmative therapeutic practice with lesbian, g ay, and bisexual clients. Timely, clinically relevant information is p rovided to help clinicians understand and address the unique concerns these clients bring to the therapeutic setting. Coverage includes the sociocu tural factors that influence lesbian and gay mental health; th e process of lesbian, gay, and bisexual identity formation; and lifesp an developmental tasks and transitions from adolescence to later life. Also addressed are family of origin issues; couple problems, includin g sex therapy with same-sex partners; vocational and workplace issues; health and medical concerns; meeting the needs of same-sex parents an d their children; religious and spiritual concerns; and cultural diver sity issues. The extensive resource section lists a broad array of pub lications, advocacy groups, and Web-based resources for both professio nals and consumers.
  

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What the hell was this, 'study' on homosexuality. They obviously don't know the first thing about what it is to be LGBTQ. Do they really think about what WE gays, lesbians, transexuals, bisexuals, and questioning HUMAN BEINGS think about this book. Sure, somewhat. But straight people in the modern world think they know everything about what it is to be gay; By conducting studies WITH gay people, they think they know everything there is. Newsflash, you don't. So stop publishing books about us, that aren't even written by ONE of us. Straight people need to get their heads on straight. Oh fuck, they already are. Blokes. 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Fundamental Reality
11
Concepts of Sexual Orientation
25
Origins and Influences
47
Sexual Orientation and the Law
68
IDENTITY FORMATION
89
Issues for Sexual Minority Adolescents
114
Midlife and LaterLife Issues for Sexual Minority Adults
130
Career Choice and Development
221
Health and Medical Concerns
239
Religious Concerns and Spiritual Development
272
WORKING WITH COUPLES AND FAMILIES
293
Understanding SameSex Couples
312
Sex Therapy with Gay and Lesbian Couples
344
Families with a Gay Lesbian or Bisexual Parent
367
Resources
389

Psychodiagnostic Considerations
149
Psychotherapeutic Applications for Identity Formation
168
Sexual Minorities within Other Minority Populations
189
References
413
Index
477
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About the author (2002)

Kathleen Y. Ritter, PhD, is Professor of Counseling Psychology at California State University, Bakersfield, and maintains a private practice. Coauthor of two previous books, she has extensive experience counseling, teaching, and presenting workshops focused on working with sexual minority clients.

Anthony I. Terndrup, PhD, is a senior staff therapist at the Pastoral Counseling Center of the Mid-Willamette Valley in Corvallis, Oregon and a member of the graduate faculty in Counselor Education at Oregon State University. He is Past President of the Association for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in Counseling (a division of the American Counseling Association). For over 15 years, he has served sexual minority clients in a variety of clinical settings, including psychosocial rehabilitation, private practice, college counseling, and pastoral care.

Together, Drs. Ritter and Terndrup have presented over 30 continuing education workshops on sexual orientation for mental health professionals across North America.

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