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
Preface
Section I: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for the Coming Out Process Across the Lifespan
1. A Pet-Assisted Intervention during Coming-Out Experiences, by Michael P. Chaney and Kathryn L. Pozniak
2. Assisting Individuals in Coming Out in Later Life as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual, by Vincent M. Marasco and Randall L. Astramovich
3. Transgender Teens and Gender-Identity Disclosure, by Laura R. Haddock
4. Assisting Youth with Disclosing Their Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity Using an Ecomap, by Richard A. Brandon-Friedman and M. Killian Kinney
5. Must Be the Music: Musical Autobiography and Critical Lyric Analysis, by Kiahni Nakai
6. Cinematherapy for LGBT Clients, by Jennifer Lancaster and Angelica Terepka
7. How Does God See Me? A Reflective Exercise, by Hannah B. Bayne and Anita A. Neuer Colburn
Section II: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Managing Oppression and Building Resilience
8. Survival in an Unjust World: A Tool for Coping with Multiple Forms of Oppression, by Jessica Chavez
9. Managing the Intersections: A Narrative Approach to Guiding Queer People of Color in Navigating Multiple Oppressions, by Jayleen Galarza
10. A Lovingkindness Meditation to Heal from Heterosexism, Transphobia, and Other Forms of Oppression, by Eve M. Adams, Tracie L. Hitter, and Virginia Longoria
11. From Stress to Strength: A Group Intervention for Processing Minority Stress Experiences with Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals, by Caroline Carter and Diane Sobel
12. Exploring Multiple Marginalized Identities in LGBT Clients of Color, by Vanessa Dabel
13. Somos Lantinx: Exploring Cultural Values of Sexually and Gender-Diverse Latinx Clients, by Zully A. Rivera Ramos, Amanda Lawson-Ross, and Carlos Hernández
14. Building Resilience with Clients Who Face Multiple Forms of Oppression, by Kristin N. Bertsch
15. Building a Stronger Advocacy Role for Older LGBT+ Adults in Nursing Home Settings, by Angela Schubert
16. A Toolkit for Collaborative Safety and Treatment Planning with Transgender Youth of Color, by Wendy Ashley, Allen Eugene Lipscomb, and Sarah Mountz
17. Healing from Heterosexism: An Empirically Based Exercise for Processing Heterosexist Experiences, by Kathleen M. Collins, Meredith R. Maroney, Tangela S. Roberts, Brianna M. Wadler, and Heidi M. Levitt
18. At the Intersection of the Autism Spectrum and Sexual and Gender Diversity: Case Studies for Use with Clinicians and Clients, by Eva Mendes and Meredith R. Maroney
19. Clinical Work with LGBTQ Asylum Seekers, by Brianna M. Wadler, Meredith R. Maroney, and Sharon G. Horne
20. Value-Driven Exploration of Intersections between Sexual and Religious Identity, by Angelica Terepka and Jennifer Lancaster
Section III: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Relationships
21. Exploring and Navigating Sexual Desire in Relationships, by Sara K. Bridges
22. Intimate Partner Violence: Initial Interventions for LGBTQ Clients, by Sabina de Vries
23. Transgender Youth and Healthy Relational Skills, by Luke R. Allen
24. Two Stars and a Wish: Termination Activities for Groups with Sexual- and Gender-Identity Diverse Clients, by Theodore R. Burnes
25. The Quadrant Exercise of Relationship Exploration for Sexual- and Gender-Identity Diverse Clients, by Theodore R. Burnes
26. Negotiating Information and Communication Technologies with Sexual and Gender Minority Youth and Young Adults, by Nathaniel Amos
27. BDSM Exploration and Communication within LGBT Relationships, by Kandice H. van Beerschoten
Section IV: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for LGBTQ Parenting and Family Therapy
28. Transgender-Affirmative Parenting: Practicing Pronouns, by Jennifer M. Gess
29. Family Mapping Exercises (FMEs) for Adults and Children in LGBTQ-Parented Families, by Fiona Tasker, Maeve Malley, and Pedro Alexandre Costa
30. Expanding Binary Thinking: A Reflective Activity for Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Youth, by Rebekah Byrd and Laura Boyd Farmer
31. Parents of Transgender Teens and the Initial Disclosure Process, by Laura R. Haddock and Hilary Meier
32. Maintaining the Family Unit When an Adolescent Family Member Comes Out as a Sexual or Gender Minority, by Susannah C. Coaston, Patia Tabar, and Lori Barrett
33. Empty-Chair Work for Coping with Heterosexist and/or Transphobic Family Rejection, by Cara Herbitter and Heidi M. Levitt
34. Addressing Blended Family and Trauma Issues with Sexual and Gender Minority Parents, by Anthony Zazzarino, Veronica M. Kirkland, and Jenae Thompson
35. An Informative Intervention for Parents and Caregivers of Transgender and Gender-Nonbinary Children and Adolescents, by Heather Kramer
36. Circles of Outness: Systemic Exploration of Disclosure Decisions in Mixed-Orientation Relationships, by Mary R. Nedela, M. Evan Thomas, and Michelle M. Murray
Section V: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Gender and Sex Identity Exploration
37. The Matrix for Sexuality and Gender: My Sexual and Gendered Self in the World of Sexual and Gender Diversity, by K. Jod Taywaditep
38. Exploring Gender Identity with a Photo Diary, by M. Killian Kinney and Richard A. Brandon-Friedman
39. Creative Interventions for Traumatized Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) Youth, by Alexandra M. Rivera and Crystal Morris
40. The Importance of Language: Creating Nonbinary Assessment Forms That Reflect a Full Range of Gender Identities, by Andrew Suth and Sorrel Rosin
41. Mapping of Desires and Gender: Explorations at the Intersections, by Shannon Solie
42. Asexuality: An Introduction for Questioning Clients, by Emily M. Lund, Bayley A. Johnson, Christina M. Sias, and Lauren M. Bouchard
43. Inhabiting Our Bodies: Working with Gender Dysphoria in Transgender and Gender-Nonbinary Children and Adults through Body Maps, by Natasha Distiller
44. Using Expressive Art Therapy with LGBTQ Youth: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, by Jean Georgiou
45. An Eight-Week Identity Exploration Group for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals, by Julie M. Mullany
46. Using Mindfulness to Enhance Identity Integration for LGBTQ clients, by Marilia S. Marien
47. Managing Religious and Sexual Identity Intersections, by Matt Zimmerman
48. Rose as a Name Is So Much Sweeter: Navigating the Name-Change Process with Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Clients, by Cadyn Cathers
49. The Aging Transgender Client: Mapping the Acceptance of Experience, by Dorian Kondas
Section VI: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Substance Use Disorders
50. A Relapse-Prevention Intervention for LGBTQ Clients with Substance Use Disorders: The C3PO, by Michael P. Chaney and Fiona D. Fonseca
51. Exploring the Concept of Honesty with Transgender Clients in Recovery from Addiction, by Mia Ocean and George Stoupas
52. Using Art Therapy to Address Body Dysphoria, Body Image, and Eating Concerns with Trans and Nonbinary Clients, by Jeannine Cicco Barker
53. The Inextricable Relationship between Marginalization and Addiction: Bridging the Gap through Charting, by John J. S. Harrichand and Christian D. Chan
54. LGB Addiction Recovery and Community Membership, by George Stoupas and Mia Ocean
Section VII: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Career, Employment, and Education Issues
55. Job Search and Career Resources for LGBT People, by Anita A. Neuer Colburn
56. Sexual-Identity Management in the Job-Search Process with Lesbian and Gay Clients, by Suzanne M. Dugger and Jason A. Owens
57. Strategies for Helping LGBTQ Clients Address Discrimination in the Workplace, by Randall L. Astramovich and Matthew J. Wright
58. Exploring Values in Career Exploration with Adolescent LGBTQ Clients, by Jane E. Rheineck and Tracy Peed
59. The College Search: Campus Climate Checklist, by Suzanne M. Dugger, Carina Lindsey, and Jason A. Owens
60. Exploring Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy with Sexual and Gender Minority College Students, by Marilia Marien and Yuhong He
Section VIII: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Outreach Programming and Training Workshops
61. Intersecting Identities: A Self-Reflective Activity for Outreach Programming and Workshops, by Laura Boyd Farmer and Christian D. Chan
62. Building Community on Campus: A Workshop on Sharing and Support for LGBTQ College Students, by Alaina Spiegel
63. Outreach Ally-Training Activities, by Brandy L. Smith
64. Reflections of Assumptions, by Jayleen Galarza and Matthew R. Shupp
65. The Papercut Activity: Understanding the Subtle and Ongoing Effects of Microaggressions, by Jeanne L. Stanley
66. Examining Our Blind Spots: Considerations in Working with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients with Disabilities, by Michelle M. Murray
67. Outreach on a College Campus: Understanding the Campus Climate, by Batsirai Bvunzawabaya and Matthew LeRoy
68. Understanding Me, You, and LGBTQ: An Outreach Workshop for General Audiences and Allies, by Alaina Spiegel
69. Living in Intersectional Spaces: Exploration of Social Identities in the LGBT Community, by Matthew LeRoy and Batsirai Bvunzawabaya
70. Creating Consciousness to Create Connection: Attending to Biases When Working with Queer Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence, by Deborah O’Neill and Laura Kay Collins
71. Addressing Anti-Trans Prejudice: Decoding the Gender Matrix, by Soumya Madabhushi
About the Editors and Contributors
Index

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.