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Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook

Edited By Joy S. Whitman, Cyndy J. Boyd Copyright 2021
    678 Pages
    by Routledge

    678 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Featuring over 70 affirming interventions in the form of homework assignments, handouts, and activities, this comprehensive volume helps novice and experienced counselors support LGBTQ+ community members and their allies.

    Each chapter includes an objective, indications and contraindications, a case study, suggestions for follow-up, professional resources, and references. The book’s social justice perspective encourages counselors to hone their skills in creating change in their communities while helping their clients learn effective coping strategies in the face of stress, bullying, microaggressions, and other life challenges. The volume also contains a large section on training allies and promoting greater cohesion within LGBTQ+ communities.

    Counseling and mental health services for LGBTQ+ clients require between-session activities that are clinically focused, evidence based, and specifically designed for one or more LGBTQ+ sub-populations. This handbook gathers together the best of such LGBTQ+ clinically focused material. As such, it will appeal both to students learning affirmative LGBTQ+ psychotherapy/counseling and to experienced practitioners. Offering practical tools used by clinicians worldwide, the volume is particularly useful for courses in clinical and community counseling, social work, and psychology. Those new to working with LGBTQ+ clients will appreciate the book’s accessible foundation to guide interventions.

    Foreword by Anneliese Singh

    Introduction by Joy Whitman and Cyndy Boyd

    Part I: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for the Coming-Out Process across the Life Span

    1. A Pet-Assisted Intervention during Coming-Out Experiences

    Michael P. Chaney and Kathryn L. Pozniak

    2. Assisting Individuals in Coming Out in Later Life as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual

    Vincent M. Marasco and Randall L. Astramovich

    3. Transgender Teens and Gender-Identity Disclosure

    Laura R. Haddock

    4. Assisting Youth with Disclosing Their Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity Using an Ecomap

    Richard A. Brandon-Friedman and M. Killian Kinney

    5. Must Be the Music: Musical Autobiography and Critical Lyric Analysis

    Kiahni Nakai

    6. Cinematherapy for LGBT Clients

    Jennifer Lancaster and Angelica Terepka

    7. How Does God See Me? A Reflective Exercise

    Hannah B. Bayne and Anita A. Neuer Colburn

    Part II: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Managing Oppression and Building Resilience

    8. Survival in an Unjust World: A Tool for Coping with Multiple Forms of Oppression

    Jessica Chavez

    9. Managing the Intersections: A Narrative Approach to Guiding Queer People of Color in Navigating Multiple Oppressions

    Jayleen Galarza

    10. A Lovingkindness Meditation to Heal from Heterosexism, Transphobia, and Other Forms of Oppression

    Eve M. Adams, Tracie L. Hitter, and Virginia Longoria

    11. From Stress to Strength: A Group Intervention for Processing Minority Stress Experiences with Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals

    Caroline Carter and Diane Sobel

    12. Exploring Multiple Marginalized Identities in LGBT Clients of Color

    Vanessa Dabel

    13. Somos Latinx: Exploring Cultural Values of Sexually and Gender-Diverse Latinx Clients

    Zully A. Rivera Ramos, Amanda Lawson-Ross, and Carlos Hernández

    14. Building Resilience with Clients Who Face Multiple Forms of Oppression

    Kristin N. Bertsch

    15. Building a Stronger Advocacy Role for Older LGBT+ Adults in Nursing Home Settings

    Angela Schubert

    16. A Toolkit for Collaborative Safety and Treatment Planning with Transgender Youth of Color

    Wendy Ashley, Allen Eugene Lipscomb, and Sarah Mountz

    17. Healing from Heterosexism: An Empirically Based Exercise for Processing Heterosexist Experiences

    Kathleen M. Collins, Meredith R. Maroney, Tangela S. Roberts, Brianna M. Wadler, and Heidi M. Levitt

    18. At the Intersection of the Autism Spectrum and Sexual and Gender Diversity: Case Studies for Use with Clinicians and Clients

    Eva Mendes and Meredith R. Maroney

    19. Clinical Work with LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

    Brianna M. Wadler, Meredith R. Maroney, and Sharon G. Horne

    20. Value-Driven Exploration of Intersections between Sexual and Religious Identity

    Angelica Terepka and Jennifer Lancaster

    Part III: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Relationships

    21. Exploring and Navigating Sexual Desire in Relationships

    Sara K. Bridges

    22. Intimate Partner Violence: Initial Interventions for LGBTQ Clients

    Sabina de Vries

    23. Transgender Youth and Healthy Relational Skills

    Luke R. Allen

    24. Two Stars and a Wish: Termination Activities for Groups with Sexual- and Gender-Identity Diverse Clients

    Theodore R. Burnes

    25. The Quadrant Exercise of Relationship Exploration for Sexual- and Gender-Identity Diverse Clients

    Theodore R. Burnes

    26. Negotiating Information and Communication Technologies with Sexual and Gender Minority Youth and Young Adults

    Nathaniel Amos

    27. BDSM Exploration and Communication within LGBT Relationships

    Kandice H. van Beerschoten

    Part IV: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for LGBTQ Parenting and Family Therapy

    28. Transgender-Affirmative Parenting: Practicing Pronouns

    Jennifer M. Gess

    29. Family Mapping Exercises (FMEs) for Adults and Children in LGBTQ-Parented Families

    Fiona Tasker, Maeve Malley, and Pedro Alexandre Costa

    30. Expanding Binary Thinking: A Reflective Activity for Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth

    Rebekah Byrd and Laura Boyd Farmer

    31. Parents of Transgender Teens and the Initial Disclosure Process

    Laura R. Haddock and Hilary Meier

    32. Maintaining the Family Unit When an Adolescent Family Member Comes Out as a Sexual or Gender Minority

    Susannah C. Coaston, Patia Tabar, and Lori Barrett

    33. Empty-Chair Work for Coping with Heterosexist and/or Transphobic Family Rejection

    Cara Herbitter and Heidi M. Levitt

    34. Addressing Blended Family and Trauma Issues with Sexual and Gender Minority Parents

    Anthony Zazzarino, Veronica M. Kirkland, and Jenae D. Thompson

    35. An Informative Intervention for Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Gender-Nonbinary Children and Adolescents

    Heather Kramer

    36. Circles of Outness: Systemic Exploration of Disclosure Decisions in Mixed-Orientation Relationships

    Mary R. Nedela, M. Evan Thomas, and Michelle M. Murray

    Part V: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Gender and Sex Identity Exploration

    37. The Matrix for Sexuality and Gender: My Sexual and Gendered Self in the World of Sexual and Gender Diversity

    K. Jod Taywaditep

    38. Exploring Gender Identity with a Photo Diary

    M. Killian Kinney and Richard A. Brandon-Friedman

    39. Creative Interventions for Traumatized Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Youth

    Alexandra M. Rivera and Crystal Morris

    40. The Importance of Language: Creating Nonbinary Assessment Forms That Reflect a Full Range of Gender Identities

    Andrew Suth and Sorrel Rosin

    41. Mapping of Desires and Gender: Explorations at the Intersections

    Shannon Solie

    42. Asexuality: An Introduction for Questioning Clients

    Emily M. Lund, Bayley A. Johnson, Christina M. Sias, and Lauren M. Bouchard

    43. Inhabiting Our Bodies: Working with Gender Dysphoria in Transgender and Gender-Nonbinary Children and Adults through Body Maps

    Natasha Distiller

    44. Using Expressive Art Therapy with LGBTQ Youth: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

    Jean Georgiou

    45. An Eight-Week Identity Exploration Group for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals

    Julie M. Mullany

    46. Using Mindfulness to Enhance Identity Integration for LGBTQ clients

    Marilia S. Marien

    47. Managing Religious and Sexual Identity Intersections

    Matt Zimmerman

    48. Rose as a Name Is So Much Sweeter: Navigating the Name-Change Process with Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Clients

    Cadyn Cathers

    49. The Aging Transgender Client: Mapping the Acceptance of Experience

    Dorian Kondas

    Part VI: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Substance Use Disorders

    50. A Relapse-Prevention Intervention for LGBTQ Clients with Substance Use Disorders: The C3PO

    Michael P. Chaney and Fiona D. Fonseca

    51. Exploring the Concept of Honesty with Transgender Clients in Recovery from Addiction

    Mia Ocean and George Stoupas

    52. Using Art Therapy to Address Body Dysphoria, Body Image, and Eating Concerns with Trans and Nonbinary Clients

    Jeannine Cicco Barker

    53. The Inextricable Relationship between Marginalization and Addiction: Bridging the Gap through Charting

    John J. S. Harrichand and Christian D. Chan

    54. LGB Addiction Recovery and Community Membership

    George Stoupas and Mia Ocean

    Part VII: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Career, Employment, and Education Issues

    55. Job Search and Career Resources for LGBT People

    Anita A. Neuer Colburn

    56. Sexual-Identity Management in the Job-Search Process with Lesbian and Gay Clients

    Suzanne M. Dugger and Jason A. Owens

    57. Strategies for Helping LGBTQ Clients Address Discrimination in the Workplace

    Randall L. Astramovich and Matthew J. Wright

    58. Exploring Values in Career Exploration with Adolescent LGBTQ Clients

    Jane E. Rheineck and Tracy Peed

    59. The College Search: Campus Climate Checklist

    Suzanne M. Dugger, Carina Lindsey, and Jason A. Owens

    60. Exploring Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy with Sexual and Gender Minority College Students

    Marilia Marien and Yuhong He

    Part VIII: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Outreach Programming and Training Workshops

    61. Intersecting Identities: A Self-Reflective Activity for Outreach Programming and Workshops

    Laura Boyd Farmer and Christian D. Chan

    62. Building Community on Campus: A Workshop on Sharing and Support for LGBTQ College Students

    Alaina Spiegel

    63. Outreach Ally-Training Activities

    Brandy L. Smith

    64. Reflections of Assumptions

    Jayleen Galarza and Matthew R. Shupp

    65. The Papercut Activity: Understanding the Subtle and Ongoing Effects of Microaggressions

    Jeanne L. Stanley

    66. Examining Our Blind Spots: Considerations in Working with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients with Disabilities

    Michelle Murray

    67. Outreach on a College Campus: Understanding the Campus Climate

    Batsirai Bvunzawabaya and Matthew LeRoy

    68. Understanding Me, You, and LGBTQ: An Outreach Workshop for General Audiences and Allies

    Alaina Spiegel

    69. Living in Intersectional Spaces: Exploration of Social Identities in the LGBT Community

    Matthew LeRoy and Batsirai Bvunzawabaya

    70. Creating Consciousness to Create Connection: Attending to Biases When Working with Queer Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence

    Deborah O’Neill and Laura Kay Collins

    71. Addressing Anti-Trans Prejudice: Decoding the Gender Matrix

    Soumya Madabhushi

    About the Editors and Contributors



    Joy S. Whitman, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Missouri and a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. She is clinical professor at The Family Institute of Northwestern University in the master’s [email protected] program. A past president of ALGBTIC, Joy serves as a board member of The International Academy for LGBT+ Psychology and Related Fields. She maintains a private practice in Missouri.

    Cyndy J. Boyd, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, consultant, and psychotherapist in private practice in Philadelphia. She is director of training at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the APA Commission on Accreditation, the board of directors of ALGBTIC of the American Counseling Association, the supervision and training section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies. 

    "Overall this is a very strong guidebook for helping professionals who work with LGBTQ+ clients. The editors should be applauded for organizing each facet of this massive notebook into a cohesive book." — Michael P. Chaney, Oakland University

    "This text stimulates clinicians to think of the many questions they should ask to ensure that their counseling sessions are LGBTQQ+ affirming. I believe the drive to ask and answer even more questions about queer and trans mental health therapy is this text’s ultimate contribution to the discipline and the profession. It provides resources that we might not have even realized that we need." — Anneliese Singh, University of Georgia

    "The resources in this book represent a significant source of activities for LGBTQ+ clients regardless of their social location. Authors of the homework exercises have been very thoughtful in the design of their activities, clearly identifying when an activity would not be indicated. Many activities are devoted to transgender and nonbinary clients. If you work with LGBTQ+ clients, you need this in your library!" lore m. dickey, PhD, North Country HealthCare

    "Joy Whitman and Cyndy Boyd share a queer treasure trove of innovative and practical exercises for use with LGBTQ+ clients. This must-have resource brings together top clinicians and scholars who share therapeutic best practices for affirming and supporting queer and trans clients across a variety of contexts and issues." — David P. Rivera, PhD, Queens College, City University of New York

    "Homework Assignments & Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients is a welcome addition to any mental health training program, or post-master’s advanced seminar in counseling members of the LGBTQ+ community. [It provides] intriguing exercises and interventions that can supplement empathic treatment planning for best practice with a focus on intersectionality in counseling. A solid, engaging addition to the literature." — Catherine Roland, EdD, LPC, NCC, past president, American Counseling Association

    "Doctors Whitman and Boyd have woven together a revolutionary resource that is desperately needed by mental health professionals. This incredibly creative compilation of exercises not only applies effortlessly to allies and members of the LGBTQ+ communities but also cuts across issues related to lifespan milestones and the intersectionality of multiple identities. I know of no other resource in existence—buy it, use it in the classroom, use it with your clients and, dare I say it, use it with yourself. Bravo!" Colleen R. Logan, PhD, LPC-S, Southern Methodist University