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Handbook of LGBTQ-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy
Edited by Rebecca G. Harvey, Megan J. Murphy, Jerry J. Bigner, and Joseph L. Wetchler
Routledge / Softcover / Dec 2021
9780367223878 (ISBN-10: 0367223872)
Couple Therapy / Transgender Issues for Professionals
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490 pages
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This comprehensive second edition inspires therapists to utilize clinical work to pragmatically address intersectional oppressions, lessen the burden of minority stress, and implement effective LGBTQ affirmative therapy.

A unique and important contribution to LGBTQ literature, this handbook includes both new and updated chapters reflecting cutting-edge intersectional themes like race, ethnicity, polyamory, and monosexual normativity. A host of expert contributors outline the best practices in affirmative therapy, inspiring therapists to guide LGBTQ clients into deconstructing the heteronormative power imbalances that undermine LGBTQ relationships and families. There is also an increased focus on clinical application, with fresh vignettes included throughout to highlight effective treatment strategies.

Couple and family therapists and clinicians working with LGBTQ clients, and those interested in implementing affirmative therapy in their practice, will find this updated handbook essential.

About the Editors:

Rebecca Harvey, PhD, is Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been proudly queering family therapy practice, supervision, and training for over 25 years. Dr. Harvey is co-author of the book Nurturing Queer Youth: Family Therapy Transformed.

Megan J. Murphy, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana. She is co-editor with Dr. Lorna Hecker of Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy (2nd edition).

Jerry J. Bigner, PhD, was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University, and was the editor of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies. He has had over 50 research publications and 20 chapters in texts relating to parent-child relations as well as gay and lesbian family issues.

Joseph L. Wetchler, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University Northwest. He formerly served as Editor of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy and as Associate Editor of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies.

Table of Contents:

Section I Foundations of LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy

1. Evolution of LGBTQ Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy
Rebecca Harvey, Megan J. Murphy, and Tracey A. Laszloffy
2. Intercultural Issues in LGBTQ+ Couple and Family Therapy: Supporting Empowerment and Resilience at the Intersection of Identities
Amney J. Harper and Anneliese A. Singh
3. Heteronormativity and Ethics in the Treatment of LGBTQ Clients
Megan J. Murphy

Section II Working with Couples

4. We Cannot Change What We Cannot Name for Ourselves: Integrating Attachment Theory into Couple Therapy with Gay Men
Robert Allan
5. Illuminating Strengths: Multiracial Feminist Couple Therapy with Queer Women
Montinique McEachern, Deborah Coolhart, and Dyane Watson
6. "There’s a Lot We Don’t Understand About Each Other:" Centering Bisexual Partners in Couple Therapy
Erica E. Hartwell, Katie M. Heiden-Rootes, and Steph Cooke
7. Therapists’ Accountability and Engagement with Transgender and Nonbinary Couples
Livingstone Carter Cox, Kristen E. Benson, and Alex Iantaffi
8. Affirming Diversity and Targeting Pleasure: Sex Therapy for Gay Male Couples
Marla Manuela Peixoto
9. "I Could Never See You and Now I Dare Not Touch You:" Sex Therapy with Lesbian Couples
Brooks A. Bull and Jassy Casella Timberlake
10. Sexuality and Desire Landscapes in Transgender, Nonbinary, and Genderqueer Relationships
Arlene I. Lev and Shannon L. Sennott
11. Therapeutic Considerations in Same-Sex Divorce and Relationship Dissolution
Kevin P. Lyness

Section III Family and Identity Considerations

12. Invisible Humans: Identity Development and Visibility Management in Gender, Sexual, Erotic, and Relational Diversity
Markie Louise Christianson (L. C.) Twist, Raven Cloud, and Sarah A. Hechter
13. I Have Too Many Mothers: Queer Families Raising Children
Linda Stone Fish
14. Affirming Queerness: Raising Happy, Healthy Children
Rebecca Harvey, Paul D. Levatino, Jonathan Ruiz, and Linda Stone Fish
15. Gender Affirmative Therapy with Trans and Gender Expansive (TGE) Youth and Families: Listening to Youth and Thoughtfully Following Their Lead
Deborah Coolhart and Tristan K. Martin
16. Helping LGBTQ Stepfamilies Meet Their Challenges
Patricia L. Papernow
17. "I Will Always Come Home to You:" Affirmative Therapy with Clients Practicing Consensual Non-Monogamy
Sheila M. Addison, Noelle Clason

Section IV Special Issues

18. "I Didn’t Know I Had a Right to Exist:" Queer Elders and Family Therapy
Paul D. Levatino
19. Where Should We Go To Church? Or Should We Even Bother: Spirituality and Religion and LGB Couples'
Steven D. Johnson, Sharon S. Rostosky, and Ellen D. B. Riggle
20. Treatment of Partner Violence in Sexual and Gender Minority Couples
Nathan Mather, Deanna Linville, and Tiffany B. Brown
21. Treating LGBT Couples Experiencing Substance Use Disorders: Trauma-Informed and Affirmative Therapy Approaches
Michael Shelton
22. Rewrite the Script: A Call for More Queer and Inclusive Couple Enrichment Programs
Shoshana D. Kerewsky, Darien T. Combs, and Nathan Mather

Section V Training Issues

23. "Why Can’t We Just Learn About Normal Couples?" LGBQ Affirmative Training Strategies for CFT Faculty
and Programs
Christi R. McGeorge, Ashley A. Walsdorf, Katelyn O. Coburn
24. Self-Disclosure: Considerations for Therapy and Supervision
Steph Cooke, Mary R. Nedela, Daran Shipman, and Erika L. Grafsky
25. Recovery From Sexual Orientation Change Efforts: Affirming the Intersections of Marginalized Identities Among Survivors
Jeffrey S. Lutes
26. Getting Personal: Queer Supervision
Janie K. Long, Jack Grote, Kyra E. Citron, Melanie Camejo Coffigny, Manish Kumar, Tyler Lian, and Shom Tiwari

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