Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People, Second Edition / Edition 2

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A new, more comprehensive edition of the classic Social Work text

Although the vast majority of LGBT persons are healthy, resilient, and hardy individuals who do not seek social work intervention, some have been or will be clients in social work agencies. Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People is the updated classic text that has expanded its scope to include new content on practice with bisexual and transgender populations-and incorporated this content throughout. This informative book provides a knowledge base of practice that will better prepare students and practitioners for working sensitively, competently, and effectively with LGBT individuals.

The text now covers content on LGBT populations as articulated by the National Association of
Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Comprehensive and practical, this unique text discusses the pragmatic aspects of social work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. It will improve and reinforce competent practice with LGBT persons and their families in multiple settings. Chapters focus on important topics such as:

  • the profession's core values and ethical principles
  • identifying, analyzing, and resolving ethically challenging practice problems
  • LGBT persons of color-heterosexism, racism, and sexism
  • applying the life model and the stress-coping process
  • the root of conflicts in allegiances and pressures for unity via homogeneity
  • practice with bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming persons
  • sexual conversion therapy
  • traditional psychoanalytic notions of lesbian couples
  • the impact of sexual abuse on lesbian couples
  • internalized homophobia, heterocentrism, and gay identity
  • group work practice with the LGBTQ community
  • clinical assessment for families where sexual orientation is an issue
  • LGBT parenting
  • the role of health care
  • and many more!
Complete with a highly detailed appendix of symbols, definitions, and terms, Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People, is an invaluable resource for social workers and mental health professionals as well as for students and educators at all levels of experience.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Applying the person:environment perspective of Germain throughout, the contributors of these 15 essays help practitioners and practitioners in training to acquire sufficient knowledge to work toward meeting the needs of members of this community. Along with extensive reviews of the literature, contributors offer significant insights into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives, including the values and ethics of social work practice with members of the LGBT community and LGBT people of color, social work practices with bisexual peopled and those who are transgender or gender-nonconforming, social work practice with lesbian and gay people, practice with lesbian and gay couples, work with those who are LGBT or questioning, practice within families and with LGBT parents, community practice, LGBT communities and health care, and social work with LGBT people within organizations. This works as a professional reference as well as a classroom text." — Book News Inc., August 2008

"Each author provides important relevant practice information and applies current theories regarding LGBT practice issues. This second edition adds two important population groups: bisexual and transgender persons." Choice, February 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789033581
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, is Professor and Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning at the Hunter College of Social Work in New York City. For over 30 years, Dr. Mallon has been a child welfare practitioner, advocate, educator, and researcher. He is the author or editor of 18 books and numerous peer-reviewed publications, most recently Lesbian and Gay Foster and Adoptive Parents: Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting an Untapped Resource for Children and Youth and Child Welfare for the 21st Century.
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Table of Contents

About the Editor
Chapter 1. Knowledge for Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons (Gerald P. Mallon)
An Ecological Approach
Sources of Knowledge
Personal Experience
History and Current Events
The Professional Literature
Theoretical and Conceptual Analyses
Knowledge Derived from the Individual Case
Chapter 2. Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons (Peg McCartt Hess and Nancy Feldman)
The Profession’s Core Values and Ethical Principles: Application in Practice with Lesbian and Gay Clients
Identifying, Analyzing, and Resolving Ethically Challenging Practice Problems and Dilemmas
Chapter 3. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender Persons of Color: Reconciling Divided Selves and Communities (Karina L. Walters and Roy Old Person)
Previous Research on Racial Identity, LGBT Identity, and LGBTOC Identity
Applying the Life Model: The Stress-Coping Process Revisited
Paradigm of the Stress Process
Heterosexism, Racism, and Sexism: Creating Conflicts in Allegiances
The Root of Conflicts in Allegiances: Pressures for Unity via Homogeneity
Chapter 4. Social Work Practice with Bisexual Clients (Geordana Weber and Kathy T. Heffern)
Definition of Bisexuality
Why Bisexuality Matters to Social Workers
Myths and Truths About Bisexual People
Clinical Issues That Arise for Bisexual Clients
Implications for Social Work Practice
Chapter 5. Social Work Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons (Carrie Davis)
A Common Language
Institutionally Established Barriers to Care
Personally Established Barriers
Chapter 6. Social Work Practice with Lesbian Individuals (S.J. Dodd and Laura Booker)
Who Are Lesbians?
Heterocentrism and Homophobia
Therapeutic Relationship
Identity Development and Coming Out
Mental Health
Substance Abuse
Lesbians and Their Families of Origin
Lesbian Mothers
Special Populations
Agency Environment—The Metaphorical “Welcome Mat”
Chapter 7. Social Work Practice with Gay Individuals (Michael Shernoff)
Heterosexually Married Homosexually Active Men
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
Rural Gay Men
Sexual Conversion Therapy
Mental Health Issues
Depression and Development Issues
Developmental Dysynchronicity
Developmentally Disabled Gay Men
Chronically Mentally Ill Gay Men
Substance Abuse
The Internet
Domestic Violence
Antigay Violence
Death and Dying
Chapter 8. Social Work Practice with Lesbian Couples (Laura Booker and Sarah-Jane Dodd)
Traditional Psychoanalytic Notions of Lesbian Couples
Feminist Psychology: Debunking Traditional Psychoanalytic Notions of Lesbian Couples
Triangulation As a Symptom of Fusion
Development of the Relationship: What Is a Healthy Lesbian Relationship?
Identity Development and Partnership
After the U-Haul: Lesbian Bed Death!
Impact of Sexual Abuse on Lesbian Couples
Domestic Violence in Lesbian Couples
Chapter 9. Social Work Practice with Gay Couples (L. Donald McVinney)
Internalized Homophobia, Heterocentrism, and Gay Identity
Coupling Dynamics
Male Gender Role Socialization
Assessing Presenting Concerns
Case Illustration
Implications for Social Work Practice
Chapter 10. Group Work Practice with LGBTQ Persons (Mitchell Rosenwald)
Perspectives on Group Work with LGBTQ
Potential Issues to Explore in Group Work
Diversity Considerations
Mutual Aid and Group Work with the LGBTQ Population
Chapter 11. Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons Within Families (Gerald P. Mallon)
Demographic Profile
Psychosocial Risks/Psychosocial Needs of LGBT Persons
Clinical Assessment for Families Where Sexual Orientation Is an Issue
The Coming Out Process Within a Family
Managing Disclosure to Others
When a Child Comes Out Within the Family System
When a Parent Comes Out Within the Family System
Treatment Considerations with Families Where Sexual or Gender Orientation Is the Issue
Helping Families Learn
Chapter 12. Social Work Practice with LGBT Parents (Gerald P. Mallon)
Research on LGBT Parenting
Research Limitations
Fears About Lesbian and Gay Parents
Quality of Family Relations
Becoming a Parent: Making Decisions
Issues for LGBT Persons When Considering Parenting
Continuing to Parent After Coming Out As an LGBT Person
Adoption and Fostering
Other Issues for LGBT Parents
When Parents Separate
Growing Up with Gay Parents
Chapter 13. Community Practice with LGBT Persons (Eleanor C. Nealy)
LGBT Context
What Is LGBT Community Practice?
LGBT Community Center Movement
What Is Needed Moving Forward
Implications for Social Work Practice
Chapter 14. LGBT Communities and Health Care (Brian J. Flynn)
Barriers to Access
What Do Social Workers Need to Know?
Web Resources and References
Chapter 15. Social Work Practice with LGBT Persons Within Organizations (George A. Appleby and Edgar Colon)
Code of Ethics
Organizational and Political Realities
Contemporary Practice
Strategies for an Inclusive Workplace
Coming Out at the Workplace
Self-Advocacy Revisited
Appendix. Key Definitions and Terms
Symbols and Sites
Reference Notes Included
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