by Ron Scott, PhD (Series Producer) and 27 Leading Mental Health Professionals
This groundbreaking series reflects the contributions of 27 of the most influential and respected scholars and practitioners in the field as well as over 30 gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals who share their stories and perspectives.
Full Set, Programs 1-7
Finally, a comprehensive series dealing with the multitude and complexity of factors that arise in the psychotherapy with gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, couples and families! This groundbreaking series reflects the contributions of 27 of the most influential and respected scholars and practitioners in the field as well as over 30 gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals who share their stories and perspectives.
Program 1, Historical Perspectives
The history of mental health practice with gay, lesbian and bisexual people is both complex and constantly evolving. This introductory program to the series focuses on some of the most important historical developments from ancient times to the present, including: Early attempts topathologize and change homosexuality.
The influences that led to the depathologizing of homosexuality.
The contemporary bias in psychotherapy, illustrated by a poignant account of therapy abuse by Robert Gentry, the nation’s first openly gay mayor.
“Conversion therapies” to repathologize homosexuality and modern attempts to change sexual orientation.
Recent affirmative mental health approaches.
The current APA guidelines for working with GLB clients.
Real testimony of affirmative psychotherapy from a client after years of negative therapy experiences.
Archival film clips and interviews with the experts are used throughout to illustrate this history of treatment approaches and mental health attitudes towards the GLB community.
Program 2, Individual Assessment and Psychotherapy
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual people utilize mental health services at a rate considerably higher than heterosexuals, and over 95 percent of psychotherapists treat GLB clients in their practice. This program focuses on some of the most salient assessment and treatment issues that clinicians should know.
This video will teach you about:
The effectiveness of cognitive therapy with this population.
Implications of internalized homophobia and the importance of hypothesis testing in therapy.
Assessment of presenting problems and stages of identity development for GLB clients.
Heterosexist bias in diagnosis of several DSM-IV-TR disorders.
In the last half of the program you’ll see an extraordinary simulation of two therapy sessions by Dr. Christine Padesky with ‘Greg’ on his coming out issues, as well as descriptions of the therapy process and techniques being demonstrated. This award-winning segment, highly rated by graduate school classes, is an outstanding training demonstration for both students and experienced psychotherapists.
Program 3, Relationships, Families and Couples Counseling
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual couples and families are different from heterosexual couples and families in issues related to their social context and societal stigmatization. Until recently, the couples and family therapy literature has ignored same-sex families and few clinicians have had training in this area.
In this groundbreaking program, you will see:
Dr. Robert Jay Green, an innovative researcher and clinician, emphasize key issues and new approaches in providing mental health services to GLB couples, including relational ambiguity, sexual exclusivity, and development of social support networks.
Dr. Armand Cerbone join Dr. Green in a discussion of how internalized homophobia affects relationships.
Dr. Richard Rodriguez discuss the importance of families of choice for GLB couples.
Dr. Isaiah Crawford, a leading scholar on same-sex parenting, summarize research-based characteristics of GLB family constellations, as well as provide very helpful suggestions on how therapists can provide support to GLB families.
Throughout this program interview clips from same-sex couples, parents and their children are used to illustrate and personalize the important material covered by the expert presenters. This video program will enhance your understanding of GLB relationships and families, allowing you to be more effective in conducting individual and couples therapy with this population.
Program 4, The Coming Out Process
This program features three diverse personal coming out stories: A young African American woman who was institutionalized when she told her parents; a retired professional Latino man who came out to his wife and children later in life; and an affirming mother who shares the process her family went through when her teenage son came out to them. Commentary is provided by Dr. Eli Coleman, Dr. Sari Dworkin, and Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, noted experts and researchers in the field.
By watching this video, you will increase your understanding of:
The usefulness and limitations of Dr. Coleman’s frequently cited coming out stages.
How to assist clients with their coming out process.
The process parents go through when their GLB child comes out to them, including helpful suggestions to parents on their adjustment process, presented by Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, a primary researcher in this field.
Program 5, The Bisexual Experience
The first educational program on the psychology of bisexuality, this video features cutting-edge research presented by some of the leading scholars in the field. The emerging body of scientific evidence over the past 30 years suggests a new paradigm of sexual orientation that is multidimensional, sometimes fluid, and highly individual, allowing for a greater validation of bisexuality.
In this program you’ll see:
Three bisexual individuals, Greg, Susannah, and Skott share their insightful personal journeys.
Dr. Fritz Klein use his famous grid to demonstrate the multivariable and fluid nature of sexual orientation.
Dr. Sari Dworkin present various definitions, models, and types of bisexuality, as well as the developmental challenges of bisexual identity and the bisexual coming out process.
Dr. Ron Fox profile who bisexuals are using data from his largest-to-date demographic study.
Dr. Mary Bradford join Dr. Fox in educating therapists on how to provide more effective and affirming mental health services to bisexual women and bisexual men.
Program 6, Diversity and Multiple Identities
Lesbians, gay, and bisexual people of color must manage conflicting allegiances with divergent social worlds including their ethnic culture, the majority culture and the gay/bisexual community. This program highlights personal accounts by GLB individuals from diverse ethnic groups, as well as commentary by Dr. Beverly Greene and other distinguished experts. The final segment shows a reenactment of a compelling cross-cultural therapy session by Dr. Christine Padesky with a Korean lesbian client.
By watching this video, you will increase your understanding and expertise in:
The empirical findings associated with multiple oppressions
Clinical challenges in the development of a positive identity
Culture-specific GLB issues experienced by Latino/as, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans
Specific treatment issues and strategies for therapists who are working with GLB’s of color
Program 7, Sexual Minority Adolescents
Combining the voices of gay and lesbian youth with leading professionals, this program provides an insightful look at the GLB adolescent experience. This video combines the latest research and effective treatment approaches by such experts as Dr. Ritch Savin-Wiliams, Dr. Karla Anhalt and Teresa DeCrescenzo, and includes vital information for working with this special population.
By watching this video, you’ll learn about:
Typical adolescent developmental milestones
Four key “differential developmental trajectories” – a comprehensive model for understanding healthy GLB identity development.
Stressors common to identifying as GLB during adolescence, including loss of social support, victimization/harassment, suicidality, high-risk sexual behavior and substance abuse.
Ways to help GLB youth become resistant to potential stressors.
The paradigm shift from a pathologizing model to a strength-based treatment approach that includes mentoring, trust building, adjusting to social roles, building resiliency against harassment, and dealing with religious conflicts.
The GLB youth perspective as they share their positive and negative experiences.
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