Lesbians and gays in couples and families: a handbook for therapists

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Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996 - Psychology - 462 pages
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Like all professional disciplines, the psychotherapy field has its own legacy of homophobia, heterosexism, silence, and a destructive mythology it must overcome. Until very recently, in fact, lesbians and gay couples have been relatively invisible in the therapeutic community. To fill the gap in the professional literature, Joan Laird and Robert-Jay Green have gathered a distinguished group of practitioners to create an edited collection that focuses on theory, research, and clinical work with lesbians and gays in the context of family relationships. These noted professionals address the experiences of lesbians and gay men as couples, as parents, and in relationship to their own families of origin. The book contains a wealth of research, as well as recommendations, and suggestions for working with gay couples and families in a clinical setting. The book includes vital information on topics such as: The special problems of people of color who are often vulnerable to many levels of discriminationSocial problems--such as addiction, sexual trauma, and AIDS--and the effect on couples and family lifeParenting in lesbian and gay familiesThe challenges of the straight clinician who works with gay familiesCreating boundaries in male couplesSelf-labeling and disclosureAnd much moreLesbians and Gays in Couples and Families is an essential resource for any clinician--straight or gay--who wishes to become more knowledgeable and skilled in the treatment of this population.

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Personal
15
Conversations Between a Cay Therapist and a Straight
28
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

JOAN LAIRD is professor of social work at the Smith College School for Social Work, where she is chair of the Human Behavior in the Social Environment sequence. She is a co-founder of and for many years was on the staff of Ann Arbor Center for the Family, a family therapy clinical, training, and research institute. Co-author with Ann Hartman of Family-Centered Social Work Practice, she has written and presented widely on women's stories, rituals, and secrets. Her most recent book is titled Revisioning Social Work Education: A Social Constructionist Approach. In the last few years, her scholarship has focused on lesbian families. ROBERT-JAY GREEN is professor and coordinator of Family-Child Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/Alameda. He has published widely in the field of family therapy, including two co-authored books, Family Therapy: Major Contributions (1981) and Voices of Women Family Therapists (in press). Dr. Green is on the board of directors of the American Family Therapy Academy, is a fellow of APA and AAMFT, and serves on the editorial boards of Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Cultural Diversity and Mental Health.