1st Edition

Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys A Strengths-Based Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators

Edited By Michael M. Kocet Copyright 2014
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, & Boys: A Strengths-Based Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators provides practitioners and educators with critical information needed to help navigate the therapeutic and educational terrain of working with gay males. While other books address a broad range of issues when working with LGBTQ individuals, this volume devotes its focus to the specific needs of gay boys, adolescents, and men. This book also presents an important perspective about individuals who identify as bisexual and transgender, and examines the intersection between gender and sexual orientation. Readers will find practical resources, tools, and clinical case studies for mental health practitioners, professionals in school settings, educators, administrators, and medical personnel serving gay males.

    Part 1: Understanding the Developmental Needs of Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys. 1. Coming Out and Identity Development Needs in Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys Joseph Manera and Denis Frank. 2. The Role of Friendships in the Lives of Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys Michael M. Kocet. Part 2: Cultural Issues with Sexual Minority Men, Adolescents, and Boys. 3. Cultural Considerations: Helping Gay Men, Teens, and Boys Integrate a Racial and Sexual Identity Richmond Wynn, Joel Filmore, and Derrick A. Paladino. 4. Addressing Spirituality When Counseling Gay Boys, Adolescents, and Men Samuel Sanabria and Joffrey Suprina. Part 3: Developing Integral Partnerships in the Treatment of Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys. 5. Assessment and Treatment of the Medical Needs of Gay Men, Adolescents and Boys James Leone, Elizabeth Mullin, and Shan Mohammed. 6. The Mental Health and Counseling Needs of Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys Larry D. Burlew, Nichole Pulliam, and Kathleen Grant. 7. The Impact of Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Lives of Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys Michael P. Chaney and Michael Brubaker. 8. Recognizing the Needs of Sexual Minority Boys and Adolescents in Schools Melissa M. Luke and Kristopher M. Goodrich. 9. The Role of Career & Leisure Needs in the Lives of Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys Jane Goodman and Paul Battle. Part 4: Counseling Special Populations: Sexual and Gender Minority Boys, Adolescents, and Men. 10. Non-Gay Men and Boys: Working With Men, Teens, and Boys Who Identify as Bisexual Jason Patton, Jeff Lubsen, and Stacee Reicherzer. 11. Counseling in the Periphery of Queer Discourse: Transgender Children, Adolescence, Women, and Men Stacee Reicherzer, Andrew S. Garland-Forshee, and Jason Patton.


    Michael M. Kocet, PhD, is associate professor and chair in the department of counselor education at Bridgewater State University. He is a licensed mental health counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on ethics and LGBT issues. Dr. Kocet is past president of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling and has presented at local, state, and national conferences in counseling and student affairs. He is sought as a national speaker and consultant on LGBT issues and counseling ethics.

    "There is much written about men, adolescents, and boys in our professional counseling literature, but no one has addressed the very specific issues of gay men, adolescents, and boys in one place. Dr. Kocet and his colleagues have created this unique and critically important contribution to the professional counseling literature. They have gathered together a diverse group of mental-health professionals with this special expertise to address the issues that gay men, adolescents, and boys cope with on a daily basis."

    —Mark Pope, professor and chair of the department of counseling and family therapy at the University of Missouri–Saint Louis and former president of the American Counseling Association

    "Weaving together the threads of personal, family, social, and community challenges facing gay boys, youth, and men, this volume is a much-needed comprehensive resource. Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys not only covers the major theoretical approaches to understanding the processes of sexual orientation development, it also includes a lifespan perspective, following the issues gay males face from when they first realize their attractions to their later years. Important subjects not covered in other works include medical issues, career choice, and leisure activities. This is a vitally important primer that focuses on the strengths of gay boys, youth, and men over the course of their lives, giving professionals useful ways to think about this population as well as ways to provide competent care.

    —Anthony R. D’Augelli, PhD, professor of human development at Penn State University