Relational Lives of Sexual Minorities   [Archived Catalog]
2011-2012 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum

PY 763 - Relational Lives of Sexual Minorities

Prerequisite(s): PY 760 . This course focuses on the relational lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer identified clients. Students will examine the effects of oppression and stigma on the formation and development of same-sex relationships. The commonalities and differences of opposite-sex, lesbian, gay male, and couples with bisexual and transgender partners will explored. The impact of gender transition and gender nonconformity on individuals’ partners and families will be considered.  

Students will gain an appreciation for the multiple meanings of “family,” and the differentiations between of family of origin, family of choice and intimate partner family relationships. Students will explore how to modify and apply models of family and couples therapy to work competently with sexual minority clients. (2 credits)