Read the following pamphlet from the director of the Family Acceptance Project on “Helping Families Support Their LGBT Children.”
Based on the findings from this pamphlet as well as what you have learned from the chapter, develop a hypothetical case management plan to assist a gay teen who has run away from home because of a negative coming out experience with his or her family members. The goal is to reunite the client with the family and to help the family and the teen to come to a mutual understanding and respect for the teen’s sexual identity.
- List the approaches to case management that would be most useful for this client, with special attention to the challenges of working with minor youth, as well as the challenges related to a possible lack of a strong family support structure.
- Discuss how you can simultaneously help the individual client increase his or her self-esteem and strengthen his or her support system while educating the teen’s parents and extended family, who may be hesitant to accept the client’s new sexual identity.