Mental Health Practice with LGBTQ+ Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults in Multiple Systems of Care

This week’s review offers holistic care strategies for mental health professionals working with LGBTQ+ youth.

Mental Health Practice with LGBTQ+ Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults in Multiple Systems of Care

ed. by Cristina L. Magalhães, Richard A. Sprott, and G. Nic Rider Rowman & Littlefield, 2022
428p bibl index, 9781538154465 $110.00, 9781538154472 $45.00, 9781538154489

Mental Health Practice with LGBTQ+ Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults in Multiple Systems of Care book cover.

Within the current legislative climate of attacks on LGBTQ+ people in the US, this book provides a positive, affirming view of mental health practices for mental health professionals working with LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, and emerging adults. As edited by Magalhães (California School of Professional Psychology), Sprott (independent researcher), and Rider (Univ. of Minnesota Medical School), two factors that make the book stand out are its focus on all groups of younger people and the frameworks utilized. Grounded in minority stress theory and incorporating an intersectional, resilience- and strength-focus approach along with other interdisciplinary and whole-person approaches, the book provides an in-depth overview of given theoretical approaches and of LGBTQ+ issues at various developmental stages: children, adolescents, and emerging adults. This overview is offered along with a look, in part 3, at particular systems of care, e.g., pre-K–12 schools, college campuses, foster care, homelessness, and the (in)justice system. Acknowledging existing research gaps, chapters summarize pertinent gaps and recommend future research and health practice considerations. Although the target audience is mental health professionals who want to implement a more holistic approach in their work with LGBTQ+ youth, the book is also a must read for clinicians in training and educators teaching about LGBTQ+ issues.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.
Reviewer
: I. I. Katzarska-Miller, Transylvania University
Subject: Social & Behavioral Sciences – Psychology
Choice Issue: Oct 2023


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