Personalizing Gender and Diversity Discussion Signature Assignment

Section 1: Impact of Similarities and Differences (2 pages)
This section of the paper should focus on the impact of similarities and differences between a marriage and family therapist and a family in the therapeutic process. Address the following questions:
a. In marriage and family therapy, what are the positive and negative aspects of working with clients of the same race, religious beliefs, SES, etc., or an individual of the same gender?
b. What would be the potential dangers and what would be the potential strengths of having similarities and differences?
c. How have you learned for yourself ways to recognize this impact and whether it is positive or negative?
d. What strategies would you use to remain aware of the impact similarities and differences are having in a therapeutic relationship?
Section 2: Clinical Application of Gender and Diversity (4 pages)
For the final section of the paper address the following areas. Support each of your answers by referencing specific information from the readings, discussions and activities.
a. As a marriage and family therapist, what specifically will you keep and what will you change about your practice habits as a result of things you learned in this course?
b. Pick a gender or diversity issue that you believe you would have difficulty working with as a MFT. Describe the origins of the issue and describe what would be difficult for you. Give specific measures you can and would take in the face of this difficult situation.

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AAMFT (2002). The men’s movement and beyond—Thoughts from Sam Keen. Family Therapy Magazine, 1(4), 32-35.
Adams, A., & Benson, K. (2005). Considerations for gay and lesbian families. Family Therapy Magazine, 4(6), 20-23.
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