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1st Edition

Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy

ISBN 9781138107687
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
508 Pages

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Book Description

The editors and contributors of this comprehensive text provide a unique and important contribution to LGBT clinical literature. Spanning 30 chapters, they discuss the diverse and complex issues involved in LGBT couple and family therapy. In almost 15 years, this book provides the first in-depth overview of the best practices for therapists and those in training who wish to work effectively with LGBT clients, couples, and families need to know, and is only the second of its kind in the history of the field. The clinical issues discussed include
• raising LGBT children
• coming out
• elderly LGBT issues
• sex therapy
• ethical and training issues
Because of the breadth of the book, its specificity, and the expertise of the contributing authors and editors, it is the definitive handbook on LGBT couple and family therapy.

Table of Contents

Giammatti, Green, GLBTQ Couple and Family Therapy: History and Future Directions. Section I: Clinical Issues with LGBT Couples. Tunnell, Gay Male Couple Therapy: An Attachment-Based Model. Connolly, Lesbian Couple Therapy. Bradford, Affirmative Bisexual Couple Therapy. Malpas, Can Couples Change Gender? Couple Therapy with Transgender People and their Partners. Section II: Sex Therapy with LGBT Couples. Rutter, Sex Therapy for Gay Male Couples: Affirming Strengths and Stemming Challenges. Cobin, Angello, Sex Therapy with Lesbian Couples. Lev, Sennott, Trans-Sexual Desire in Differently Gendered Bodies. Section III: Clinical Issues with LGBT Families. Mitchell, Coming Out to Family: Adrift in a Sea of Potential Meanings. Tasker, Malley, Working with LGBT Families. Kuvalanka, The Kids May Be All Right, but Some Might Still End Up in Your Office: Working with Children of LGBTQ Parents. Fish, Harvey, Raising Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Youth: An Affirmative Family Therapy Approach. Coolhart, Supporting Transgender Youth and their Families in Therapy: Facing Challenges and Harnessing Strengths. Gianino, Novelle, Considerations for Assessment and Intervention with Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents and their Children. Lynch, McMahon-Klosterman, The Gay and Lesbian Stepfamily: Past and Present Research and Implications for Therapy. Blando, Counseling Lesbian and Gay Individuals, Couples, and Families in Late Life. Section IV: Special Issues, Problems, and Populations in LGBT Couple and Family Therapy. Grever, Helping Heterosexual Spouses Cope when their Husbands or Wives Come Out. Singh, Harper, Intercultural Issues in LGBTQQ Couple and Family Therapy. Blank, Asencio, Descartes, Issues in the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People for LGBT Couple and Family Therapy. Rostosky, Johnson, Riggle, Spirituality and Religion in Same-Sex Couples' Therapy. Linville, Chronister, Marsiglio, Brown, Treatment of Partner Violence in Gay and Lesbian Relationships. Anderson, Treatment of Substance Use Disorders in LGBT Couples and Families. Kerewsky, LGBT Couple Enrichment. Lyness, Therapeutic Considerations in Same-Sex Divorce. Section V: Training Issues. Carlson, McGeorge, LGB Affirmative Training Strategies for CFT Faculty: Preparing Heterosexual Students to Work with LGB Clients. Long, Grote, Queer Supervision. Section VI: Ethical Issues in LGBT Couple and Family Therapy. Riggs, Ethical Issues in LGBT Couple and Family Therapy. Serovich, Grafsky, Gangamma, Research on Reorientation Therapy. Lutes, McDonough, Helping Individuals and Families Recover from Sexual Orientation Change Efforts and Heterosexism. Reczek, Rothblum, A Little Bit Pregnant? The Ethics of Same-Sex Marriage.

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Jerry J. Bigner, PhD, was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University, and was the editor of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. He has had over 50 research publications and 20 chapters in texts relating to parent-child relations as well as gay and lesbian family issues.

Joseph L. Wetchler, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana. He served as Editor of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy from 1999 through 2008, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. Dr. Wetchler is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Indiana.


“Students, beginners, and seasoned professionals will benefit from the wisdom of established leaders in the field as well as the innovative ideas of newcomers represented in this volume.” - Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW, Director, MSW Program and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

“This landmark work reaches out to the very edge of theory, practice, and current social and political reality concerning the LGBTQ community. For any therapist working in this multifaceted population, it is a necessary read—to become informed, to situate oneself, and to deepen the consideration of how therapy might be most effective.” - Jane Ariel, PhD, Professor, Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, USA