Most therapy is set up in a heterosexist context. Explore the issues facing your gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients--and how to deal with them!The Therapist's Notebook for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients offers therapists treating lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients innovative, practical interventions plus homework and hands-on activities tailored to these populations. Use the notebook to explore the issues surrounding coming out, homophobia in the workplace, spirituality, identity formation, and issues that require a non-heterosexist approach, such as domestic violence and relationship concerns. Grounded in current theory, each chapter explains the rationale for the activity it proposes, includes contraindications, and provides a list of helpful resources for therapists and clients.Here are just a few of the issues this extraordinary book explores in its four thoughtfully planned sections:Section I: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Coming Out and Managing Homophobia and Heterosexism addresses:
Section I: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Coming Out and Managing Homophobia and Heterosexism. Conflicts in Self-Perceptions in the Coming-Out Process. Hurdles. Homosexual Identity Formation: Identifying Obstacles of Growth. Semihypnotic Visualization: Treating Internalized Homophobia in Sexual and Gender Minorities. Queer Space: Empowering Realizations of Sacred Sexuality. To Pass or Not to Pass: Exploration of Conflict Splits for Bisexual-Identified Clients. Homosexual Rites of Passage: A Path to Validation. The Experiential Ecomap Exercise: Creating Client-Based Narratives of the Influence of Ecosystemic Environments on the Coming-Out Process. Coming Out of Marriage: Developing an Emerging Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Identity. Who Told Me That?: Challenging Internalized Homophobic Messages. Surviving Trauma and Anxiety As a Result of Events of Discrimination. Managing Heterosexism at Work or School. Overcoming Biphobia. Section II: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Relationship Issues. Assimilation, Queer Pride, and In Between: Personalizing GLBT Relationships, Sexual Practices, and Politics. Financial Stability Within the Lesbian Relationship. Choosing a Partner. Creating a Cultural and Sexual Genogram. Knowing You, Knowing Me: Sexual Identity and the Couple. Working with Couples on Ethnicity and Sexual Identity: The "Parts" Interview. Creating a "Thicker Description": Understanding Identity in Mixed-Identity Relationships. Opening the Door or Locking it Tight: The Negotiation of a Healthy Open Relationship. Gender Roles and Intimacy for Gay Men. Sexual Concerns/Sexual Dysfunction Assessment. Sexual Pleasuring Sessions. Exploring and Negotiating Sexual Meanings. Enhancing Relationships: Sex-Role Values of Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Section III: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Gender, Ethnic, and Sexual Identity Issues. The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Continuum. The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Gender Expression Genogram. Challenging Multiple Oppressions with GLBT Clients. Who Am I Really?: Understanding the Intersection of Sexual and Ethnic Identity. Facilitating Lesbian Gender Exploration. Section IV: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Specific Issues. A Coming-Out Ritual: Using Spirituality to Enhance Resilience. Reconciling with Religion/Exploring Spirituality. Facilitating Spiritual Wellness with Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals: Composing a Spiritual Autobiography. Body As Self: Resolving Body Image Disturbances in Gay Men. Feelings and Meaning Associated with Unwanted Sexual Behavior. An Alphabet of GLBT and Disability Issues. Same-Sex Domestic Violence: Establishing a Safety Plan with Victims. Same-Sex Domestic Violence: A Tool for Batterers. Helping HIV-Positive Gay Men on Antiretroviral Therapy Maintain Their Medication Adherence. The Balancing Act: Two Lesbian Moms. Family Care Planning for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Parents: Creating Healthy Living Environments for Adults and Children. Making Connections: Parallel Process in Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Recovery from Addiction and Healing from Homophobia. Examining Links Between Drug or Alcohol Use and Experiences of Homophobia/Biphobia and Coming Out. Out in the Workplace: A Cost-Benefit View. Managing Stress: Helping Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals Cope with Coming Out in the Workplace. A Rainbow of Allies. Assisting Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth in Finding a Community. Negotia.