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Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

2nd Edition

Edited by Gerald P. Mallon

© 2008 – Routledge

432 pages

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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 Peopleis 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.


"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

Table of Contents

1. Knowledge for Practice with LGBT Persons Gerald P. Mallon 2. Values/Ethics in Social Work Practice with LGBT Persons Peg McCartt Hess and Nancy Feldman 3. Lesbian, Gay, Biseuxal and Transgendered Persons of Color Karina L. Walters and Roy Old Person 4. Social Work Practice with Bisexual Persons Geodana Weber and Kathy T. Heffern 5. Social Work Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons Carrie Davies 6. Social Work Practice with Lesbian Individuals Sarah Jane Dodd and Laura Booker 7. Social Work Practice with Gay Individuals Michael Shernoff 8. Social Work Practice with Lesbian Couples Laura Booker and Sarah Jane Dodd 9. Social Work Practice with Gay Couples Don McVinney 10. Group Work Practice with LGBT Persons Mitchel Rosenwald 11. Social Work Practice with LGBT Persons Within Families Gerald P. Mallon 12. Social Work Practice with LGBT Parents Gerald P. Mallon 13. Social Work Practice with LGBT Communities Eleanor Nealy 14. LGBT Communities and Health Care Brian J. Flynn 15. Social Work Practice with LGBT Persons Within Organizations George A. Appleby and Edgar Colon

About the Editor

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 School of Social Work in New York City.

For more than thirty years, Dr.Mallon has been a child welfare practitioner,

advocate, educator, and researcher. He is the author or editor of eighteen

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 ChildWelfare for the

Twenty-First Century.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies