Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients

A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook

Edited by Joy S. Whitman and Cyndy J. Boyd

Harrington Park Press, LLC

Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9781939594389

704 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $150.00£125.00

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9781939594396

704 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $76.99£64.00

Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients

A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook

Edited by Joy S. Whitman and Cyndy J. Boyd

Harrington Park Press, LLC

Featuring over seventy 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 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.
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
Joy S. Whitman and Cyndy J. 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, Queens College, City University of New York
Homework Assignments and 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. 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
The resources in this book represents a significant source of activities for LGBTQ+ clients regardless of their social location. The authors of the homework exercises have been very thoughtful in the design of their activities and are clear to identify when an activity would not be indicated. There are a large number of activities 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
Whitman and Boyd have woven together a revolutionary resource that is desperately needed by mental health professionals. An incredibly creative compilation of exercises that not only apply effortlessly to allies and members of the LGBTQ+ communities but also cut 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, Southern Methodist University
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

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

About the Contributors

About the Author

Joy S. Whitman, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. She currently is Clinical Professor at The Family Institute of Northwestern University in the master’s Counseling@Northwestern program. A past president of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), Joy serves as a founding member of The International Academy for LGBT+ Psychology and Related Fields and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling. She is the co-editor of The Therapist’s Notebook for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients; Preparing the Educator in Counselor Education; and Skill Development in Counselor Education. She maintains a private practice in Missouri, where she focuses on working with the LGBTQ+ communities.

Cyndy Boyd, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Associate Director and Training Director at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the Commission on Accreditation for the APA, the board of directors of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (AGLBTIC), the Supervision and Training Section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia.