Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men

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SAGE, 2003 - Psychology - 233 pages
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Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men offers a broad base of research, practice, and advocacy information about the special counseling needs of gays and lesbians. Authors Jeffrey N. Chernin and Melissa R. Johnson discuss universal themes as they apply to lesbian and gay clients, as well as issues unique to lesbians and gay men, including the treatment of same-sex couples and families, ethnic minority issues, and living with HIV/AIDS. They present sensible information on how to provide a safe therapeutic environment and how to interpret and apply psychological assessments.

 

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Contents

1 Terminology and Identity Development
3
2 Youth Elderly Ethnic Minority and LesbianGay Subcultures
22
Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling in Individual Couple and Group Modalities
61
3 Creating the Foundation for Affirmative Psychotherapy
63
4 Affirmative Individual Psychotherapy
77
5 Treatment Issues for Couples and Families
115
6 Group Psychotherapy and Support Groups for Lesbians and Gay Men
150
7 Ethical and Legal Considerations for Affirmative Psychotherapy
172
Appendix
197
References
213
Index
227
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About the author (2003)

Jeffrey N. Chernin, Ph.D., is the Clinic Director for Campion Counseling Center, a project of Ocean Park Community Services, in Santa Monica, California. He began a psychotherapy internship in Dallas in 1992, became a Licensed Professional Coun-selor in 1994, and earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Services from the University of North Texas in 1996. After moving to California in 1998, he obtained a Marriage and Family Therapist license in 2001. Jeff has taught several college courses, including Psychology of the Lesbian and Gay Experience, led workshops on counseling lesbians and gay men, communication, conflict resolution, stress management, and crystal methamphetamine use among gay and bisexual men. In addition to individual and couples therapy, Jeff has facilitated psychotherapy groups and several kinds of support groups on subjects related to coming out, chemical dependency, having HIV/AIDS, and being HIV-negative. His published work includes professional journal articles on psychotherapy and columns and articles on health-related topics for LGBT periodicals. He is also in private practice.

Melissa R. Johnson received her Ph.D. in School and Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She has conducted workshops and presentations for local, state, and national conferences focusing on the parenting, relationship, and identity issues of lesbians and gay men. Previously the Director of Counseling for a non-profit counseling center serving lesbians and gay men in Dallas, Texas, she currently works as the Director of General Studies and Academic Services for the Art Institute of Dallas. She has also been working in private practice since 1994.

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