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Couple Therapy with Gay Men (Guilford Family Therapy Series)by David Greenan
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Book News Annotation:
Grounding their work in the practice of structural family therapy, Greenan and Tunnell (both practicing psychologists in New York City) provide clinical guidelines and a case study as well as discussing special considerations for gay couples undergoing therapy (e.g., early socialization of gay males and the difficulties of building nurturing, intimate relationships in a homophobic society). They describe their therapeutic model based on a dyadic circular system and heavily influenced by the work of Salvador Munichin.
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This text illuminates the unique needs of gay male couples in therapy and provides a practical framework for clinical intervention. The authors review the basic principles of structural family therapy and guide therapists in adapting treatment goals and interventions to better serve gay men.
This book illuminates the unique needs of gay male couples in therapy and provides a practical framework for clinical intervention. The authors review the basic principles of structural family therapy and guide therapists in adapting treatment goals and interventions to better serve gay clients. Addressed are the universal issues faced by all couples in therapy, gay and straight, as well as the particular challenges gay men face in building nurturing, intimate relationships in a homophobic society. Extensive case examples and session transcripts are used to illustrate effective strategies for helping clients affirm the strength of their union, even in the absence of familial and social support; learn to resolve differences constructively; and overcome culturally conditioned barriers to connection and trust.
About the Author
David E. Greenan, EdD, is Executive Director of The Minuchin Center for the Family, where he teaches family therapy and consults to agencies that serve inner-city poor families. He is also a psychologist and family therapist in private practice in New York City.
Gil Tunnell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in full-time private practice in New York City. He supervises and trains psychiatric residents and psychology interns in family therapy at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Marginalization of Gay Male Couples
Chapter 2 Implications for Man-to-Man Closeness from Growing Up Gay Chapter 3 An Overview of Structural Family Therapy
Chapter 4 Joining with Male Couples
Chapter 5 Enactments: Identifying Complementary Roles
Chapter 6 Unbalancing: Discovering New Steps
Chapter 7 A Case Study: Male Couples and Connectedness
Chapter 8 Toward the Future
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