Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out

Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out

by Taylor and Francis, Andrew R. Gottlieb
     
 

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Multiple perspectives for more in-depth personal and professional knowledge

Though much literature is devoted to treating GLBTQ individuals, relatively little has focused on working with their family members. Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out presents ten first-hand, in-depth personal and

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Multiple perspectives for more in-depth personal and professional knowledge

Though much literature is devoted to treating GLBTQ individuals, relatively little has focused on working with their family members. Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out presents ten first-hand, in-depth personal and professional perspectives by educators, researchers, administrators, and practitioners discussing various ways of working with families of GLBT individuals. This valuable reference explores the latest research and current innovative therapeutic approaches to work effectively with this unique population.

Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out relies on the "inside out" experiences of professionals from multiple disciplines, showing us different ways of addressing their very special needs. The text focuses on working deeply with people through understanding their very particular situations and building whatever help they want around them. Broadly, the articles highlight the origins of our national family support groups, research, supervision, and the different models of treatment—individual, couple, and family. More specifically, discussions explore therapist training, effective resolution of conflict, loss for those mothers whose daughters now identify as transgender, the adoption of an ally identity, heterosexual bias in treatment, and various approaches for transgender clients, their partners and family members.

Specific topics in Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out include:

  • systemic therapeutic approaches
  • the beginnings and growth of support groups
  • a qualitative study on mothers of transgender sons
  • research on gay and lesbian stepparenting—highlighting the need to view the relationships beyond a heterosexist focus
  • Sexual Orientation Matrix for Supervision (SOMS) as a starting point to begin examining attitudes, beliefs, skills and behaviors of both supervisor and trainee
  • an interview with two sexologists, who insist that treatment with trans children and adolescents must be both family- and community-focused
  • historical and therapeutic perspectives on working with transgender people, including the development of therapeutic models
  • a moving personal account of a clinician grappling with her own uncertainties as she journeys her way through treatment with a young transgender client

Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: From the Inside Out is a flexible and useful classroom text and reference for educators and students at every level, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

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" This text is informative and thought-provoking yet not overwhelming...Interventions are not only presented in the text but are applied to real families in theraputic practice...Educators, students, clinicians, and supervisors would be wise to add this book to their collections."

The Family Journal, October 2008

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560236955
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Pages:
274

What People are saying about this

Emma R. Gross
A FASCINATING VOLUME. . . . There are helpful chapters on resources for GLBT families. COLAGE, for example, networks with the children of GLBT parents, while their parents have the Family Pride Coalition to advocate for them. One sentiment that cuts across all the chapters and that GLBT persons will find UPLIFTING are the authors' often eloquent pleas for developing new standards of treatment for client populations whose sexualities constitute alternatives to heterosexual norms. In addition, learning about transgender and "transphobia" from this variety of perspectives, constitutes a collection of narratives that are the most comprehensive and insightful collection of case studies on transgender that I am aware of reading. The concept of therapist as ally and the disclosure by one writer about her own limitations in approaching the subject are particularly illuminating. Jean Malpas and Karen Saeger describe in riveting prose and rich detail their experiences with transgender clients. The latter is a startlingly compelling ("eye popping" and "mind blowing") rendition of work with a four year old. There are also ESPECIALLY FINE QUALITATIVE RESEARCH STUDIES in this volume in which researchers will be interested. (Emma R. Gross, Ph,D, MSW, Professor, Social Work, University of Utah)
Robert E. Lee
A VALUABLE BOOK FOR THERAPISTS AND CLINICAL FACULTY. Both groups have an obligation to become aware of and sensitive to GLBT family circumstances and issues. This text provides a solid first step. It describes the adjustment needs of GLBT individuals and those associated with them as they arise in the context of the environments in which everyone is embedded: dyadic, family, neighborhood, community, and nation. Learning is aided not only by good anecdotes and individual and programic case histories, but also by helpful tools to be used in the clinic and the classroom. . . . Will be invaluable in family science, social work, counseling, and psychology classrooms. Clinicians will welcome the diverse treatment advice and insights provided by Behan, Malpas, and Saeger. (Robert E. Lee, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family and Child Sciences, College of Human Sciences, The Florida State University)
William C. Nichols
A SUPERB TITLE FOR A SUPERB BOOK! . . . . The best, most comprehensive, and informative work I have encountered on GLBT people! A strong 'narrative' flavor sparks most chapters, which are authored by members of sexual minorities who open up new vistas of enlightenment for us. . . . AN EXCELLENT READ for therapists and other mental health specialists, members of gender minorities and their relatives, and the general public. Jerry Bigner and Andrew Gottlieb have done a terrific job of securing helpful chapters on therapy with individuals, families, couples; support groups; advocacy-education-leadership; research; supervision and training in clinical work; the Straight Spouse network; and the GLBT stepfamily. One of my favorites is a sensitive presentation by a psychologist—not a gender specialist—who shares her experiences, struggles, and successes in guiding a young transgender child in long term treatment. For getting up to date on the complex and myriad issues facing GLBT persons and their perceptions of their needs, THIS BOOK IS A 'MUST.' (William C, Nichols, EdD, ABPP, Editor, Contemporary Family Therapy - Athens, GA)

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