Psychotherapy with Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Clients—4: The Coming Out Process
by Ron Scott
This program features three diverse personal coming out stories and commentary is provided by Dr. Eli Coleman, Dr. Sari Dworkin, and Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, noted experts and researchers in the field.

Part of the 7-video series: Psychotherapy with Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Clients
This program features three diverse personal coming out stories: A young African American woman who was institutionalized when she told her parents; a retired professional Latino man who came out to his wife and children later in life; and an affirming mother who shares the process her family went through when her teenage son came out to them. Commentary is provided by Dr. Eli Coleman, Dr. Sari Dworkin, and Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, noted experts and researchers in the field.

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What therapists are saying…

"In this excellent video, developmental stages of the coming out process are discussed, as are the range of parental reactions to a child’s coming out. First person accounts of both a lesbian and the mother of a gay son about the coming out process are illuminating."

-- Sukie Magraw, PhD, Chair, PsyD  Program, JFK University
"Psychotherapy with Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Clients is the best collection of DVDs about the social and psychological dimensions of this community. The series is well researched and covers many significant issues that GLB people meet in the course of their lives. I would recommend them to a wide audience including psychotherapists. family members, and GLB people themselves."

-- Charles Silverstein, PhD, Founding Editor, The Journal of Homosexuality 
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By watching this video, you will increase your understanding of:

• The usefulness and limitations of Dr. Coleman’s frequently cited coming out stages.
• How to assist clients with their coming out process.
• The process parents go through when their GLB child comes out to them, including helpful suggestions to parents on their adjustment process, presented by Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, a primary researcher in this field.

Length of video: 0:40:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream

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Dr. Ron Scott is Professor of Psychology at Chapman University, teaching courses in the areas of clinical, personality and multicultural psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a small private practice in addition to his work at the university. Dr. Scott is an active teacher-scholar with approximately 20 journal articles and book chapters. He is an officer in the International Council of Psychologists and has been a visiting professor at several universities throughout Latin America.

Featured professionals in the series include Dr. Christine Padesky, Dr. Robert Jay Green, Dr. Isaiah Crawford, Dr. Eli Coleman, Dr. Sari Dworkin, Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, Dr. Fritz Klein, Dr. Mary Bradford, Dr. Beverly Greene and others.

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CE credits: 6

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the complexities of the coming out process.
  • Increase awareness of therapeutic issues related to coming out in the family.
  • Increase understanding of how being transgendered is similar to, and different from, being gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
  • Consider the roles and responsibilities of the therapist in working with clients around coming out issues.
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