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Case Presentation : Mary Raymond

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Evan Decker
March 11, 2015
SOWK 492 Seminar
Case Presentation Outline: Mary Raymond

Note: All names used in this presentation have been changed in order to protect the identity and confidentiality of the client.

1. Referral Source and Client Descriptive Information
-Referral Source:
The client (Mary Raymond) was referred to me on a volunteer basis after that she entered the Resource Center looking to speak with me. I had previously met Mary at last week’s SOGBLTQ event during which I was panelist talking about my experiences as a Pansexual individual and had invited her to come and visit my office if she ever wanted to talk about anything. I agreed to speak to Mary and brought her into my office to talk. After showing her my Case
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Research has found that for LGBTQ youth one of the most important task is coming out to others which is a process that “…often involves acknowledgement of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity…grappling with implications for family relationships, peers, relationships and dating, initial life-planning steps, and ensuring school and community-based safety, security, and well-being” (Weber & Poster, 2010, p.1). These implications highlight the importance of maintaining an open and accepting attitude towards my work with Mary to ensure that I do not pressure her to come out to her parents when she unready to do so. I must work to ensure that I empower Mary and uphold her right to self-determinate in her decision to come out to her family. Because coming out to one’s family and friends is a very complex, scary, and tedious process I need to be conscientious that there are many micro, mezzo, and macro factors that will influence when, how, and even if, Mary will come out to her family as Asexual and questioning her gender identity.

-Working with Mary, I feel that one barrier that she is facing in regards to her expressing/accepting her sexual orientation and gender identity is fear of being rejected and shamed by her family. Evidence suggests that for LGBTQ young adults, a heightened level of
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