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ERIC Number: EJ1004472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1923-6182
Reconsidering Sexual Identities: Intersectionality Theory and the Implications for Educating Counsellors
Cheshire, Liane C.
Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, v47 n1 p4-13 2013
Counselling programs in Canada provide minimal training relating to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) issues and cultures. This article presents a theoretical argument proposing that counselling programs move away from educating counsellors about LGB issues through specialized courses based on multicultural approaches of difference and diversity and move toward an approach based on intersectionality theory. Intersectionality theory presents social identities such as gender, race, class, and sexuality as mutually constituted, interconnected, fluid, and contextually specific. It is argued that feminist pedagogy can play a major role in integrating intersectionality theory throughout entire counselling programs and that this implementation would better equip counsellors to work with LGB clients. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada