ISBN: 978-0-87101-352-1. 2003. Item #3525. 418 pages.
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Affirmative Practice chronicles the history of LGBT communities and provides an intimate understanding of the LGBT lifestyle from individual, family, and community perspectives. Drawing from extensive research and using clear, crisp writing, the authors examine the cultural, social, political, and legal issues within each community and address special groups along racial, ethnic, and age criteria. This unique and essential text assesses various approaches to therapy and provides tenable practice assessments, goals, and interventions for clinical and community settings. Destined to be a core social work text, Affirmative Practice is a must-read for every practitioner, educator, and student.
- Probes the psychological and social development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons across the life cycle.
- Traces the shift from conversionist practice to affirmative practice.
- Evaluates therapy models and their usefulness for same-sex, bisexual, and transgender clients.
Part 1. History and Context
Chapter 1. Community Development
Chapter 2. Cultural, Political, Legal, and Social Issues
Chapter 3. Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identities, and Evolving Identifications
Part II. Knowledge and Theory
Chapter 4. Individuals: Coming Out and Identity Development
Chapter 5. Individuals: Disclosures
Chapter 6. Friends and Partners
Chapter 7. Parenting
Part III. Practice: History and Affirmative Practice Requirements
Chapter 8. The Transformation from Oppressive Diagnoses and Interventions to Affirmative Approaches
Chapter 9. Requirements of Practitioners and Human Services Agencies
Part IV. Practice with Individuals, Couples, Families, and Larger Systems
Chapter 10. Practice with Individuals
Chapter 11. Practice with Couples and Families
Chapter 12. Practice at the Institutional, Community, and Macrocultural Levels
Part V. Special Groups and Practice
Chapter 13. Youth
Chapter 14. Midlife and Aging
Appendix: General Practice Applications
Ski Hunter, MS, MSW, PhD, LMSW, is professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington. She teaches courses on human behavior and the social environment, adult development, personal relationships, and LGBT issues. Along with Martin Sundel, she was an editor of Midlife Myths, published in 1989. She was the lead author of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths and Adults, published in 1998, with Coleen Shannon, Jo Knox, and James I. Martin; and co-author with James I. Martin of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Social Work: A Comprehensive Bibliography with Annotations, published in 2001. She was the lead author of Women at Midlife: Life Experiences and Implications for the Helping Professions with Sandra Sundel and Martin Sundel, published in 2002. She is currently working on a book on midlife and older gay and lesbian persons.
Jane Hickerson, MSW, PhD, LMSW-ACP, was an assistant professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington. She taught courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels on diverse populations. In addition, she worked for five years in direct practice in Arlington, Texas, seeing a wide range of clients, including lesbian and gay persons. Currently, she is vice president, social services, Praesidium, Inc., in Arlington, Texas.
Joan Laird, MSW, LCSW
Affirmative Practice traces the development of LGBT identities and communities from the margins to the mainstream. It provides a nuanced understanding of the social, political and interpersonal impact of sexual prejudice, and gives guidance on working with clients in myriad practice settings. The authors place current research from multiple disciplines in the context of social work practice, offering guidelines for intervention at individual, organizational, community and macro levels. An exhaustive resource for students and practitioners, Affirmative Practice will inform and enhance your work with LGBT clients, families and communities.
Caitlin Ryan, MSW, ACSW
Director of Policy Studies, Institute on Sexuality, Inequality & Health
San Francisco State University
Hunter and Hickerson have written a well-organized and well-researched textbook for students and an excellent resource for practitioners in the field. They thoroughly examine LGBT issues from youth through older adulthood and across macro, mezzo, and micro levels of practice. This is a wonderful book with clear, crisp, and understandable language that captures the complexity of current issues pertaining to affirmative practice with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons.
Deana F. Morrow, PhD, LPC, LCSW, ACSW
Professor, School of Social Work
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Reading this book is like sitting down to a five-course meal. Hunter and Hickerson have set an impressive table with their abundant references and use of historical content and theoretical overview. Once readers have been prepared for the substantial meal to come, they are presented with an extensive menu that covers practice issues with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families, as well as work with larger communities and systems. Affirmative Practice should be required reading for every social work student and educator.
Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, ACSW
Project Director, HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project
Staff, National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, National Association of Social Workers