Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761917694
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/22/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. I Lesbian and Gay Life: Definitions, Coming Out, and Identity Development 1
1 Terminology and Identity Development 3
2 Youth, Elderly, Ethnic Minority, and Lesbian/Gay Subcultures 22
Pt. II Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling in Individual, Couple, and Group Modalities 61
3 Creating the Foundation for Affirmative Psychotherapy: Environment, Language, Assessment Instruments, and Training and Education 63
4 Affirmative Individual Psychotherapy: Themes and Issues 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
App Resources for Lesbian and Gay Male Clients 197
References 213
Index 227
About the Authors 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Great guide for therapists

    Not many books on counseling cover the unique issues that gays/lesbians bring to therapy. Here is one that focuses on the topic and does so in clear, concise ways. It also has many helpful case studies to illustrate the topics, an incredible list of resources (Internet, books, etc.), and some practical tips and ideas when counseling gay/lesbian clients.

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