Disciplines:
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Mitchell Rosenwald, PhD, LCSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Rebecca G. Harvey, PhD
Item#: B4209
Contents: 1Course Book (54 pages)

Best Practices with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth and Their Families, Updated 1st Edition



Price $29.95
Item # B4209
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This basic-level course provides current information on issues and dynamics that affect LGB youth and their families and discusses best practices for working with this population. The course begins by defining various terms and acronyms commonly used when discussing LGB issues and follows with a discussion of LGB youth development, including understanding youth sexual orientation and the origins of sexual orientation. The role of cultural diversity in identity development is discussed, along with models of LGB identity development. 

The course then details four major areas that affect LGB youth in their development as adolescents: coming out, violence and bullying, mental and physical health, and child welfare. Because issues facing any adolescent are also family issues, particular focus is paid to interventions from a family systems perspective. The course describes three current models of family therapy: structural family therapy, solution-focused family therapy, and narrative family therapy. For each model, the course covers the theory of the model and the intervention skills involved. Each of the models is applied to practice using a series of case scenarios involving a family with an adolescent lesbian daughter. 

Participants will learn about other modalities useful in work with LGB youth and their families, such as crisis intervention, individual therapy, and group work. The target audience for this course is behavioral health and healthcare professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses; however, other professionals who interact with LGB youth will find this course useful.

Participants will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.

New Jersey Social Workers -  This course has been pre-approved for 3 Clinical Social Work Practice credits by the Assoc. of Social Work Boards (NJ CE course approval program provider #52). This course does not fulfill your cultural competence requirement.
Course Objectives 
  • Discuss lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth development. 
  • Explain contemporary challenges facing LGB youth and their families.
  • Differentiate the family therapy models used with LGB youth and their families.
  • Identify additional interventions for LGB youth and their families.
Mitchell Rosenwald, PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor of social work at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He received his MSW and PhD in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, his MA in sociology from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and his BA in sociology and economics from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Rosenwald has worked with children and families and co-facilitated youth groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. He has presented on key issues in adolescent development for this population and his publication topics include practice with the LGBT population in child welfare settings and psychotherapy groups. He is the co-author of Advocating for Children in Foster and Kinship Care.
Rebecca G. Harvey, PhD, has been affiliated with the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, as an assistant professor since 2004 and as its program director since 2009. Dr. Harvey received her MSW in 1996 and her PhD in marriage and family therapy in 2007, both from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. Harvey has had more than 15 years of clinical experience, including as a family therapist, support group facilitator, crisis counselor, and health education coordinator. She maintains private family therapy practices in Beverly, MA, Syracuse, NY, and Greensburg, PA. Dr. Harvey has written extensively and presented throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on topics related to sexual identity, sexual health, and gay and lesbian youth.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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