HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND
HANDOUTS FOR LGBTQ+ CLIENTS
A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook
Joy S. Whitman
Cyndy J. Boyd
Hardcover, $150.00 / £116.00 ISBN: 9781939594389
E-book, $76.99 / £60.00 ISBN: 9781939594396
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 groups of 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, the book appeals both to students learning affirmative LGBTQ+ psychotherapy/counseling and to experienced practitioners.
The Handbook features homework assignments, handouts, and activities that:
- Emphasize working with clients from different backgrounds.
- Stress the importance of ethical guidelines and culturally competent care.
- Demonstrate how to engage clients in conversations about coming out across the lifespan.
- Help clients manage oppression and build resilience through self-care, advocacy, and validation.
- Identify the facets of relationships that are unique to LGBTQ+ individuals.
- Offer interventions to enhance familial support and work through family dynamics.
- Assist clients to more deeply appreciate their genders and sexual identities.
- Aid therapists in their work with clients who have substance use and abuse issues.
- Address concerns about career choices, employment options, and college pursuits.
- Create safety in a range of social and clinical spaces, including college campuses.
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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Anneliese Singh
SECTION I: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for the Coming Out Process Across the Lifespan
SECTION II: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Managing Oppression and Building Resilience
SECTION III: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Relationships
SECTION IV: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for LGBTQ Parenting and Family Therapy
SECTION V: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Gender and Sex Identity Exploration
SECTION VI: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Substance Use Disorders
SECTION VII: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Career, Employment, and Education Issues
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