Human Services for Gay People: Clinical and Community Practiceby Michael Shernoff
Human Services for Gay People: Clinical and Community Practice explores the social service and mental health needs of various subpopulations of the diverse lesbian and gay male communities. It demonstrates how multiple issues in the lives of lesbians and gay men force them to seek out social services and presents a sophisticated approach for working with these clients. Educators will find it helpful in meeting the Council on Social Work Education's mandates on gay and lesbian content in social work curricula.
Authors in Human Services for Gay People offer clinical mental health perspectives on providing lesbians and gay men with social services and show how an understanding of clinical issues will enhance these services. These knowledgeable professionals contribute chapters that include discussion of these issues:
- the pragmatic needs of gay college studentsillustrates many of the salient issues facing young gay men coming of age today and suggests how social service professionals can best assist them in developing a positive gay identity.
- the experiences and dynamics of HIV-negative men who have sought counselingpresents a group model for helping them.
- the increasing number of openly gay male couples choosing to become fathersdescribes how social service professionals can be of assistance to these families.
- the broad parameters of the families that gay men and lesbians create and from which they comepresents an innovative program that helps lesbian and gay families.
- spirituality and gay Latino clientsdiscusses the importance of addressing spirituality in order to successfully counsel gay Latino clients.
- one social workers’s experience leading a group for gay and lesbian couples where at least one of the partners had been diagnosed with AIDS.
- how domestic violence and the bias crime of anti-gay or anti-lesbian violence impacts on individuals details how to assess whether the lesbian or gay client may be either a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence and how to help break the cycle.
- chemical dependency and depression among lesbian and gay clientsinstructs professionals in how to diagnose chemical dependency and depression in their lesbian and gay clients and how to appropriately intervene.
Each chapter focuses on a specific subpopulation of, or clinical issues that affect, lesbians and/or gay men. Most chapters include case examples that illustrate how to intervene appropriately, sensitively, and skillfully, providing models of practice useful to seasoned professionals in the field or students preparing to enter the social service field. Social workers, case managers, psychologists, and counselors will find Human Services for Gay People enlightening and invaluable, while social work educators will find it a superlative text for their clinical and practical curricula.
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