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Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community

The Intersection of History, Health, Mental Health, and Policy Factors

Edited by Michael P. Dentato

Publication Date - November 2017

ISBN: 9780190612795

600 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $79.99

This text examines many important aspects of effective and affirming practice methods with the LGBTQ community, health, mental health, history, and policy factors.


Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community aims to weave together the realms of sociopolitical, historical, and policy contexts in order to assist readers with understanding the base for effective and affirming health and mental health practice with diverse members of the LGBTQ community. Comprised of chapters written by social work academics and their allies -- whose combined knowledge in the field spans decades of direct experience in human behavior, practice, policy, and research -- this book features applicable and useful content for social work students and practitioners across the allied health and mental health professions, as well as across disciplines. The expansive practice text examines international concerns and content associated with the LGBTQ movement and ongoing needs related to health, mental health, policy and advocacy, among other areas of concern. Specific highlights of the chapters include narrative that blends conceptual, theoretical, and empirical content; examination of current trends in the field related to practice considerations and intersectionality; and snapshots of concerns related to international progress and ongoing challenges related to equality and policy. Additionally, as a classroom support for instructors, each chapter has a corresponding power point presentation which includes a resource list pertaining to that chapter's focus with websites, film, and video links as well as national and international organizations associated with the LGBTQ community. Overall, Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community is an invaluable resource for graduate students within social work programs and related disciplines, academics, and health/mental health practitioners currently in the field.


  • Weaves together empirical and conceptual content, written by LGBTQ scholars, educators, students, and allies.
  • Provides strong integration of content related to affirming models and methods of practice.
  • Addresses issues of intersectionality with practice, urban and rural LGBTQ communities, and micro, mezzo, and macro perspectives.
  • Powerpoint presentations and case scenarios are provided for instructional use and can be modified to fit the instructor's needs.
  • Appendices provide a strong base for LGBTQ historical events, figures, signs, and symbols.
  • Web links are provided for myriad national and international resources, services, and programs.
  • Suggestions for using the book in a fifteen-week semester or quarter-based academic schedule have been provided.

About the Author(s)

Michael Dentato, PhD, MSW, is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of education as well as clinical, administrative and policy work throughout his tenure in New York City, Miami, and Chicago. His research and scholarship centers around: (1) the assessment of health and health disparities among sexual minority populations; (2) the preparedness of social work students to provide affirming services for the LGBTQ community; and (3) the impact of macro practice, interprofessional education, effective non-profit leadership, and service provision for vulnerable communities.


"[The] authors keenly weave together a broad collection of work that reflects how oppression operates and a means for building on individual strengths, community capacity, and political advocacy. Most importantly, this book inspires an appreciation for the experiences of LGBTQ people by explaining how LGBTQ communities operate, including norms and terms likely unfamiliar to people who are not LGBTQ. This informs a more sensitive approach with LGBTQ people and communities, if not a sense of responsibility, for advocacy to create systems that better support and, ultimately, honor the basic human rights of all people." -- Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics

"Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community, offers a much-needed overview of the historical and modern-day factors related to social work practice with LGBTQ populations... [The] book offers valuable information that will be applicable across all professions committed to effectively serving LGBTQ people, and is well worth having as a resource to social work faculty, students and practitioners." -- Journal of Teaching in Social Work

"Social Work Practice with the LGBTQ Community is a critical and refreshing contribution to social work education. With a clear focus on practice while integrating evidence, this comprehensive and well organized volume spans a range of established concerns (e.g., HIV/AIDS) to emerging issues (e.g., queer identities). Dr. Dentato and his colleagues are to be lauded for their exhaustive work. I have no doubt that this textbook will make a significant impact on social work practice for many years, as well as be an invaluable resource for students, educators, and practitioners alike." - Faye Mishna, PhD, Dean & Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child & Family, University of Toronto

Table of Contents


    Introduction to the Text (Michael P. Dentato)
    Contributor Biographies (Michael P. Dentato)

    Part I Overview: Building Knowledge for Practice
    1. A History of Community: Marching Towards LGBTQ Equality (Jean E. Balestrery)
    2. Understanding Differences and Definitions: From Oppression to Sexual Health and Practice (Elizabeth B. Russell and Pamela A. Viggiani)
    3. Advancing Social and Economic Justice (Kirsten Havig, Anthony P. Natale, David A. McLeod, and Megan Gandy-Guedes)

    Part II Considerations across the Lifespan
    4. Identity Development (Tyler M. Argüello)
    5. The Coming Out Process (Mark Smith, Michael P. Dentato, and Tyler M. Argüello)
    6. Trauma Impacts upon LGBTQ People: Implications for Lifespan Development (Megan Gandy-Guedes, Kirsten Havig, Anthony P. Natale, and David A. McLeod)
    7. Strengths-Affirming Practice with LGBTQ Youth (Brian L. Kelly and G. Allen Ratliff)
    8. Dating, Relationships, and Family Issues (Michael P. Dentato, Tyler M. Argüello, and Mark Smith)
    9. Employment, Stress, and the Strengths Perspective (Trevor G. Gates)
    10. Aging within the LGBT Community: An Exploration of Life's Challenges (Marcia Spira, John Orwat, and Shaina Knepler-Foss)

    Part III Affirming LGBTQ Practice Approaches
    11. Affirming and Strengths Based Models of Practice (Trevor G. Gates and Brian L. Kelly)
    12. Incorporating Minority Stress Theory into Clinical Practice with Sexual Minority Populations (Edward J. Alessi and Eric Hartman)
    13. Practice with the Lesbian Community: A Roadmap to Effective Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Interventions (Gayle Mallinger)
    14. Practice with the Gay Male Community (Michael P. Dentato, Tyler Argüello, and Courtney Wilson)
    15. Practice with the Bisexual Community (Kristen S. Scherrer and Lacey D. Clark)
    16. Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients (Ashley Austin)
    17. Practice with the Queer Community (M. Alex Wagaman)
    18. Building Strengths Based and Empowering Continuums of Care for LGBTQ Youth (Shelley L. Craig and Lauren B. McInroy)
    19. The Intersection of Policy and Practice: Advancing Civil Rights Equality and Equity (Anthony P. Natale, Kirsten Havig, Megan Gandy-Guedes, and David A. McLeod)

    Part IV Health and Mental Health Factors
    20. An Examination of Health and Mental Health Factors Impacting the LGBTQ Community (Sarah R. Young and Marcie Fisher-Borne)
    21. LGBTQ People of Color with Mental Health Conditions: Considering Intersectionalities (Lynn Holley and De'Shay Thomas)
    22. Substance Use and Addiction (Natasha S. Mendoza)
    23. Understanding the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence: Trends, Frameworks, and Treatments (David A. McLeod, Kirsten Havig, Megan Gandy-Guedes, and Anthony Natale)
    24. Health Disparities, HIV/AIDS, and Framing a Public Health Agenda (Ian W. Holloway and Sid P. Jordan)

    Part V Appendices

    Appendix A. Signs, Symbols, and Subcultures

    Appendix B. Notable LGBTQ Individuals

    Appendix C. Important Modern LGBTQ Historical Events

    Appendix D. National and International Resources and Websites

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