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Group Therapy for Specific Populations

I'm trying to find information on group therapy for lesbian, gay, and bisexual population. Specifically, what types of issues this particular population faces in group therapy setting compared to a general population group setting. It alos provides specific guidelines for the therapist.

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Please see response below, as well as the attached two highly informative articles. I hope this helps and take care.

RESPONSE:

Your tentative outline might look something to the effect:

I. Introduction (about 1/4 page introducing topic; include a purpose statement: The purpose of this paper to to...)

II. Group therapy for gay, lesbian and bisexual clients: Unique Issues

III. Conclusion (sum up main points)

Now let's look at some specific information to consider.

From one source:

For starters, the article by Hawkins, a psychiatrist, (1998) suggests that the following types of issues unique to lesbian and gay (but also apply to bisexual) populations, both in individual and group settings:

1. Social context e.g., leaders must know and understand basic issues about living in a heterosexual world, understanding definitions of homosexuality and bisexuality, etc (see the first attached article for full discussion) (Hawkins, 1998)

a. social stigmatization (i.e., prejudice, discrimination, and violence) poses risks to the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.

2. Epigenetic Process: Revisit earlier development Stages linked to Sexual identity e.g., by this the author means that the client probably needs to revisit earlier developmental stages because it is usually done in isolation due to keeping the sexual identify a 'secret' e.g. uses Erikson's model

3. Speaking the ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides research information and explores the implications of group therapy for lesbian, gay, and bisexual population. Specifically, it discusses the spepcific types of issues this particular population faces in group therapy setting compared to a general population group setting.

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