The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perspectives of licensed mental health professionals who provide mental health services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. As the literature suggests, there are varying types of interventions that mental health professionals may utilize when working with the LGBT community, from conversion therapy to gay-affirmative therapy. The study sought to uncover the personal experience and insight of mental health professionals, and how their therapeutic interventions impact LGBT individuals who access them.
Fifteen individuals participated in the study. Such topics as motivation for an individual's involvement with the LGBT community, type of therapy modality applied, response to criticism of selected therapy modality, effectiveness of treatment, ethical considerations, and other issues, were explored. Results from this study suggest that a high propensity of mental health professionals provide services to the LGBT community following exposure to the community's needs. In addition, participants believed that their therapeutic interventions were ethically sound and effective.
|Advisor:||Lam, Brian, Glezakos, Agathi|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, GLBT Studies, Clinical psychology|
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