Talking about sexual orientation and gender identity in mental health, counselling and addiction settings
First edition by Angela M. Barbara, Gloria Chaim and Farzana Doctor, revised by Angela M. Barbara and Farzana Doctor
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex and queer (LGBTTTIQ) people have specific life factors that relate to substance use and/or mental health problems. These factors include coming out, gender transition, societal oppression, loss of family support, isolation, and the prominence of bar culture in their communities.
This manual will help counsellors create an environment where LGBTTTIQ clients feel comfortable talking about their sexual orientation and gender identity. This will allow the counsellor to:
best assess the needs of LGBTTTIQ clients
engage clients in a positive treatment process
develop tailored treatment plans
make appropriate referrals.
Asking the Right Questions 2 includes:
interviewing items to facilitate discussion during assessment or early treatment
an assessment form and specialized questions to integrate into your organization’s standard assessment
a glossary of concepts and terms.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Angela M. Barbara, PhD, is a Research Associate/Project Manager at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a PhD in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University.
Gloria Chaim, MSW, RSW, is the Deputy Clinical Director, Child, Youth & Family Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Gloria is also Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Lecturer, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Gloria has worked in the substance use treatment field for over 20 years and has prior experience in community mental health settings. Her focus is primarily on youth, families and couples.
Farzana Doctor, MSW, RSW, has a private practice that specializes in working with individuals and couples dealing with sexual orientation, gender identity, substance use, trauma and relationship issues. Previously she worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she provided leadership to a program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual (LGBTT) people. Ms Doctor is also a published novelist.