Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary

Second Advisor

Amico, Joe

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this study was a qualitative exploration of how gay men experienced the spiritual base of a substance abuse treatment program. The specific clientele are gay men who completed at least sixty days participation in an intensive LGBT outpatient treatment program and were living in a sober residence known as The Studios of Palm Springs, CA. The research question asked whether this program worked to develop spirituality for gay men.