Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth is for practitioners who seek culturally responsive, socially-just ways of engaging queer youth in conversations that evoke imagination, provoke possibility, and honor the courageous resistance and arresting inventiveness of their young clients. The first therapy book that focuses on work with youth who construct queer identities (as differentiated from essentialized gay or lesbian identities), it's also the first to draw on queer theory and constructionist philosophy to inform practice with queer youth. Case vignettes and reflective exercises suitable for classroom use are provided through the commentary of five queer youth who served as cultural consultants to the research and writing of the book.
Acknowledgments Forward, by Sheila McNamee and David Nylund Glossary of Terms Introduction: Queering Your Practice or Practicing Queer? Chapter One: Where Do You Stand? Queer Ethos and Accountability Chapter Two: Social Construction: I Was Discursively Produced This Way Chapter Three: Queer Theory: The Audacity of Difference Chapter Four: Queer as Youth: Resisting the Homonormative of Identity Development Chapter Five: Bringing Sexy Back: Sex Positivity and the Rejection of Erotophobia Chapter Six: iQueer: Popular Culture and Therapeutic Moments Chapter Seven: Bullies, Bible-bangers and Haters: When Others Don't Want It to Get Better Chapter Eight: Resisting Conclusions: Continuing the Conversation Appendix A: Sex Positive Resources References Index About the Author