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Handbook of LGBT Issues in Community Mental Health

ISBN 9780789023100
Published February 17, 2005 by CRC Press
192 Pages

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Book Description

Take your knowledge of the mental health issues that affect LGBT people to the next level!

The Handbook of LGBT Issues in Community Mental Health provides reliable, up-to-date information on clinical issues, administrative practices, and health concerns related to the provision of public sector mental health services to LGBT people. The handbook presents clinical case material and describes various current clinical programs, with details about how they were developed and fostered, as well as their unique role in the provision of mental health services to this population. Contributors share their experiences developing two of the largest public LGBT programs in the United States and offer practical strategies for developing LGBT mental health programming in any community.

This single source brings together mental health clinicians, administrators, and advocates whose work involves public sector issues that concern the LGBT community. These seasoned experts provide in-depth information for those who need to know about the current state of mental health care in public psychiatry for LGBT individuals. The book also explores the professional and popular literature on the subject, providing a broad overview of the issues in this expanding clinical area.

The Handbook of LGBT Issues in Community Mental Health contains five chapters that target policy, administrative, and programmatic issues, providing a neglected perspective for clinicians, program developers, administrators, advocates, and funders. In addition, you’ll find:

  • two case studies that vividly demonstrate the relevance of culturally appropriate services and highlight the reasons why services in this area are so sorely needed
  • a psychiatrist’s recollections of the changes he faced while working in a homophobic environment within the Veterans Administration system
  • fascinating interviews with Francis Lu and Barbara Warren that probe the thoughts, experience, and opinions of these leaders in the development of public sector mental health programs for LGBT people
  • an examination of the role of gender identity in the treatment of a male-to-female transgender person with major mental illness
In the Handbook of LGBT Issues in Community Mental Health, you’ll also find practical, how-they-did-it information that shows:
  • how LGBT organizations in New York State organized to gain public funding for mental health and other human services, and how a new advocacy strategy that consolidated LGBT human service organizations into a statewide network was pioneered in that state
  • how mental health care for sexual minority teens was incorporated into the medical clinic setting at a major metropolitan hospital
  • how a culturally sensitive program for LGBT people with major mental illness was developed in New York State’s largest community mental health center
  • how a small, volunteer community health agency developed into a multi-million dollar facility that provides comprehensive health care to New York City’s LGBT community

Table of Contents

  • Coming Out in the Public Sector: Introduction (Ronald E. Hellman and Jack Drescher)
  • Sexual Minorities and Mental Health: The Need for a Public Health Response (Karina K. Uldall and Nancy B. Palmer)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People Receiving Services in the Public Mental Health System: Raising Issues (Alicia Lucksted)
  • Advocating for Health and Human Services: The New York Experience (Sheila A. Healy)
  • A Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals with Major Mental Illness (Ronald E. Hellman and Eileen Klein)
  • Providing Mental Health Services for LGBT Teens in a Community Adolescent Health Clinic (Daniel M. Medeiros, Mavis Seehaus, Jennifer Elliott, and Adam Melaney)
  • The Community Health Project (Daniel Garza)
  • Group Psychotherapy for HIV-Positive Veterans in a Veterans Administration Clinic (Michael Rankin)
  • Being Gay and Mentally Ill: The Case Study of a Gay Man with Schizophrenia Treated at a Community Mental Health Facility (Michael C. Singer)
  • Treatment of a Transgender Client with Schizophrenia in a Public Psychiatric Milieu: A Case Study by a Student Therapist (Noel R. Garrett)
  • An Interview with Francis G. Lu, MD (Ronald E. Hellman)
  • An Interview with Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, CASAC, CPP (Ronald E. Hellman)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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